Zechariah 8:4

Hebrew Bible

2 “The Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, ‘I am very much concerned for Zion; indeed, I am so concerned for her that my rage will fall on those who hurt her.’ 3 The Lord says, ‘I have returned to Zion and will live within Jerusalem. Now Jerusalem will be called “truthful city,” “mountain of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,” “holy mountain.”’ 4 Moreover, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says, ‘Old men and women will once more live in the plazas of Jerusalem, each one leaning on a cane because of advanced age. 5 And the streets of the city will be full of boys and girls playing. 6 And,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, ‘though such a thing may seem to be difficult in the opinion of the small community of those days, will it also appear difficult to me?’ asks the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.

1 Maccabees 14:9


7 He gathered a host of captives; he ruled over Gazara and Beth-zur and the citadel, and he removed its uncleanness from it; and there was none to oppose him. 8 They tilled their land in peace; the ground gave its increase, and the trees of the plains their fruit. 9 Old men sat in the streets; they all talked together of good things, and the youths put on splendid military attire. 10 He supplied the towns with food, and furnished them with the means of defense, until his renown spread to the ends of the earth. 11 He established peace in the land, and Israel rejoiced with great joy.

 Notes and References

"... The only other mention of “streets” occurs in the description of idyllic peace in the eulogy of Simon (πλατύς 1 Maccabees 14:9; compare 1:55; 2:9). The parallels reflect a contrast between life before, and life after, the Maccabees' rise to power. (Whereas 1 Maccabees 2:9 echoes Lamentations 2:11–12, 1 Maccabees 14:9 echoes Zechariah 8:4. The vocabulary in Mattathias’s outcry reflects the language of Lamentations more fully than any of the other four interludes ... In particular, note the resonances with Lamentations 2:7, 19–22. The personification of Jerusalem as a mother who grieves the loss of her children and the devastation of her temple resonates with Lamentations) ..."

Duggan, Michael "1 Maccabees: Emotions of Life and Death in Narrative and Lament" in Reif, Stefan C., and Renate Egger-Wenzel (eds.) Ancient Jewish Prayers and Emotions: Emotions Associated with Jewish Prayer in and around the Second Temple Period (pp. 95-116) De Gruyter, 2015

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