The great panic (Zech 14:13-14:14)

“On that day,

A great panic

From Yahweh

Shall fall on them.

Thus,

Each will seize

The hand of a neighbor.

The hand of the one

Will be raised

Against the hand of the other.

Even Judah

Will fight at Jerusalem.

The wealth

Of all the surrounding nations

Shall be collected,

Gold,

Silver,

Garments.

All in great abundance.”

There would be a panic on the great day of Yahweh.  Thus, they would seize their neighbors by the hand.  They would raise their hands against each other.  Even Judah would fight with Jerusalem.  All the wealth of the surrounding countries of gold, silver, and garments would be collected in large amounts.  Everything would be topsy-turvy.

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Upside down world (Eccl 10:4-10:7)

“If the anger of the ruler

Rises against you,

Do not leave your post.

Calmness will undo great offenses.

There is an evil

That I have seen

Under the sun.

It proceeded from the ruler.

Folly is set in many high places.

The rich sit in a low place.

I have seen

Slaves on horseback.

I have seen

Princes walking on foot

Like slaves.”

Even if the ruler is mad at you, do not leave your post. Calmness will set in so that the king will no longer be angry at you. One of the great evils that Qoheleth has seen is foolish rulers. They made the rich sit in low places. In fact, he has seen slaves riding on horses. At the same time, he has seen princes walking on foot as if they were slaves in this Topsy-Turvy world.