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Zechariah 14:6-9

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14:6 On that day there will be no light – the sources of light in the heavens will congeal. 1  14:7 It will happen in one day (a day known to the Lord); not in the day or the night, but in the evening there will be light. 2  14:8 Moreover, on that day living waters will flow out from Jerusalem, 3  half of them to the eastern sea 4  and half of them to the western sea; 5  it will happen both in summer and in winter.

14:9 The Lord will then be king over all the earth. In that day the Lord will be seen as one with a single name. 6 

1 tn Heb “the splendid will congeal.” This difficult phrase (MT יְקָרוֹת יְקִפָּאוֹן, yÿqarot yÿqippaon) is not clarified by the LXX which presupposes וְקָרוּת וְקִפָּאוֹן (vÿqarut vÿqippaon, “and cold and ice,” a reading followed by NAB, NIV, NCV, NRSV, TEV). Besides the fact that cold and ice do not necessarily follow the absence of light, the idea here is that day will be night and night day. The heavenly sources of light “freeze up” as it were, and refuse to shine.

2 sn In the evening there will be light. The normal pattern is that light breaks through in the morning (Gen 1:3) but in the day of the Lord in judgment it would do so in the evening. In a sense the universe will be “de-created” in order to be “recreated.”

3 sn Living waters will flow out from Jerusalem. Ezekiel sees this same phenomenon in conjunction with the inauguration of the messianic age (Ezek 47; cf. Rev 22:1-5; also John 7:38).

4 sn The eastern sea is a reference to the Dead Sea (cf. NCV, TEV, CEV, NLT).

5 sn The western sea is a reference to the Mediterranean Sea (cf. NCV, TEV, CEV, NLT).

6 sn The expression the Lord will be seen as one with a single name is an unmistakable reference to the so-called Shema, the crystallized statement of faith in the Lord as the covenant God of Israel (cf. Deut 6:4-5). Zechariah, however, universalizes the extent of the Lord’s dominion – he will be “king over all the earth.”



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