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Cruelty and Violence in Zechariah

  1. "For I set all men every one against his neighbor." 8:10

  2. God will cast out Tyrus and devour it with fire. 9:4

  3. "The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour ...they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine." 9:15

  4. "They shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight, because the LORD is with them." 10:5

  5. "He shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up." 10:11

  6. God will mercilessly "feed the flock of slaughter" by making every one kill his neighbor. 11:4-7

  7. "Let the rest eat every one the flesh of another." 11:9

  8. "Woe to the idle shepherd." He will be mutilated and blinded. 11:17

  9. God will open his eyes and smite "every rider with madness ... and every horse ... with blindness." 12:4

  10. "I [God] make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire ... and they shall devour all the people round about." 12:6

  11. "I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem." 12:9

  12. Someday prophets will be killed by their own parents by "thrusting him through when he prophesieth." 13:3

  13. God will make "all nations" fight against Jerusalem. The women will be "ravished" and half its people enslaved. 14:1-2

  14. God will smite the people with plagues that will cause their flesh, eyes, and tongues to rot away. 14:12

  15. God will make everyone fight and kill his neighbor. 14:13

  16. God sends his plagues on animals too. 14:15

  17. Whoever survives all these plagues and slaughters must worship God. 14:16

  18. God will "smite the heathen" with a plague. 14:18