I am about to make Jerusalem
A cup of trembling
For all the surrounding people.
It will be against Judah also
In the siege against Jerusalem.
On that day,
I will make Jerusalem
A heavy stone
For all the people.
Anyone who lifts it
Shall grievously hurt themselves.
All the nations of the earth
Shall come together against it.”
Zechariah pointed out that Jerusalem was going to have a special place. They were going to be like a cup of trembling or reeling, perhaps an allusion to the cup, bowl, or basin that caught the blood of the Passover lamb. The neighboring people should be aware that Jerusalem was under siege. Thus, Jerusalem was to become a heavy stone that few people could lift. Apparently, there was a practice of lifting stones to show one’s strength among young men, like weight lifting. Thus, anyone who tried to lift the heavy stone of Jerusalem would hurt themselves. All the various countries in the world would come against Jerusalem, but at their own risk.