The Coming Day of the Lord and God’s Universal Reign

Zechariah 14 (selections)

Persian Period, Late 6th–4th Century BCE

1Lo, a day of the Lord is coming when youra spoil shall be divided in your very midst! 2For I will gather all the nations to Jerusalem for war: The city shall be captured, the houses plundered, and the women violated; and a part of the city shall go into exile. But the rest of the population shall not be uprooted from the city.

3Then the Lord will come forth and make war on those nations as He is wont to make war on a day of battle. 4On that day, He will set His feet on the Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives shall split across from east to west, and one part of the Mount shall shift to the north and the other to the south, a huge gorge.5[ . . . ]—And the Lord my God, with all the holy beings, will come to you.

6In that day, there shall be neither sunlight nor cold moonlight, 7but there shall be a continuous day—only the Lord knows when—of neither day nor night, and there shall be light at eventide.

8In that day, fresh water shall flow from Jerusalem, part of it to the Eastern Seab and part to the Western Sea,c throughout the summer and winter.

9And the Lord shall be king over all the earth; in that day there shall be one Lord with one name.d [ . . . ]

11Never again shall destruction be decreed, and Jerusalem shall dwell secure.

12As for those peoples that warred against Jerusalem, the Lord will smite them with this plague [ . . . ].

16All who survive of all those nations that came up against Jerusalem shall make a pilgrimage year by year to bow low to the King Lord of Hosts and to observe the Feast of Booths. 17Any of the earth’s communities that does not make the pilgrimage to Jerusalem to bow low to the King Lord of Hosts shall receive no rain.


Jerusalem is addressed.

I.e., the Dead Sea.

I.e., the Mediterranean Sea.

I.e., the Lord alone shall be worshiped and shall be invoked by His true name.


Reprinted from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures by permission of the University of Nebraska Press. Copyright 1985 by the Jewish Publication Society, Philadelphia.

Published in: The Posen Library of Jewish Culture and Civilization, vol. 1.

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