Zechariah: Chapter 14: Calamity and Redemption

The connection of this haftarah to the holiday of Sukkot is made evident in verses 16 and 17.  The mood of this reading relates to the theological concept that Sukkot as the messianic end of days for all nations. Verse 9 will be familiar from its inclusion in the Aleinu prayer which also has messianic connotations. This English translation is reprinted with permission from Tanakh: The Holy Scriptures published by the Jewish Publication Society.

14:1.         Lo, a day of the LORD is coming when your spoil shall be divided in your very midst!

mount of olives

The Mount of Olives


14:2.         For 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.


14:3.         Then the LORD will come forth and make war on those nations as He is wont to make war on a day of battle.

14:4.         On 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, [forming] a huge gorge.

14:5.         And the Valley in the Hills shall be stopped up, for the Valley of the Hills shall reach only to Azal; it shall be stopped up as it was stopped up as a result of the earthquake in the days of King Uzziah of Judah. — And the LORD my God, with all the holy beings, will come to you.

14:6.         In that day, there shall be neither sunlight nor cold moonlight,

14:7.         but there shall be a continuous day — only the LORD knows when — of neither day nor night, and there shall be light at eventide.

14:8.         In that day, fresh water shall flow from Jerusalem, part of it to the Eastern Sea and part to the Western Sea, throughout the summer and winter.

14:9.         And the LORD shall be king over all the earth; in that day there shall be one LORD with one name.

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