In the midst of the restoration of the house of DavidSecond king of Israel, David united the northern and southern kingdoms. More and the residents of Jerusalem, people will “look on the one whom they have pierced, [and] they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.”
This oracleAn oracle is a divine utterance of guidance, promise, or judgment delivered to humans through an intermediary (who is often also called an oracle). In the Bible oracles are given by Balaam (in the book of Numbers) and by David (in 2 Samuel). A number... More begins in verse 1 with a description of victory for JudahJudah was the name of Jacob's fourth son and one of the 12 tribes. More and Jerusalem, so that even the feeblest of peoples will be like the house of David. In the midst of the Lord’s outpouring of compassion and supplication, the people will look on the one whom they have pierced and respond with great mourning. The image is reminiscent of the suffering servant of IsaiahIsaiah, son of Amoz, who prophesied in Jerusalem, is included among the prophets of the eighth century B.C.E. (along with Amos, Hosea, and Micah)--preachers who boldly proclaimed God's word of judgment against the economic, social, and religious disorders of their time. More 52:13-53:12 and is applied to JesusJesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More in John 19:37.