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Zechariah 1:1–9:17

In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh camea to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, son of Iddo, saying, “Yahweh was very angry with your ancestors.b You must say to them: ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts: “Return to me,” declaresc Yahweh of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says Yahweh of hosts. “Do not be like your ancestors,d to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts: “Return from your evil ways and your evil deeds!” ’ But they did not heare and they did not pay attentionf to me,” declaresg Yahweh. “Your ancestors,h where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? However, did not my words and my regulations which I commanded my servants the prophets overtake your ancestors?i And they repented and said, ‘Yahweh of hosts planned to do with us according to our ways, and according to our deeds so he has dealt with us.’ ” ’ ”

Zechariah’s First Vision

On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah the prophet, son of Berekiah, son of Iddo, saying, I had a vision in the night,j and look, a man riding on a red horse. And he was standing between the myrtle shrubs that were in the ravine, and behind him were red, reddish-brown, and white horses. And I asked, “What are these, my lord?” And the angel who was talking with me said, “I will show you what these are.” 10 And the man standing between the myrtle shrubs answered and said, “These are those whom Yahweh has sent to patrolk the earth.” 11 And they answered the angel of Yahweh who was standing between the myrtle shrubs, and they said, “We have patrolledl the earth, and look, all the earth is dwelling in peace.”m 12 The angel of Yahweh answered and said, “O Yahweh of hosts, how longn will you have no compassion on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which you showed fury these seventy years?”o 13 With graciousp and comforting words Yahweh answered the angel who was talking with me. 14 And the angel who was talking with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts: “I am very jealousq for Jerusalem and for Zion! 15 And I am extremely angryr with the nations that are at ease, for while I was a little angry, they furthered disaster.”s 16 Therefore, thus says Yahweh: “I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion. My templet will be built in it,” declaresu Yahweh of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem.” ’ 17 Proclaim again, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts: “My cities shall again overflow from prosperity, and Yahweh will comfort Zion again, and he will choose Jerusalem again.” ’ ”

Zechariah’s Second Vision

18v And I looked upw and I saw, and look, there were four horns! 19 And I said to the angel who was talking with me, “What are these?” And he said to me, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” 20 Then Yahweh showed me four skilled craftsmen, 21 and I asked, “What are these coming to do?” And he answered, saying, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no manx lifted up his head; but these have come to frighten them, to strike down the horns of the nations that lifted a horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.”

Zechariah’s Third Vision

2 And I looked upa and I saw, and look, a man, and in his hand was a measuring rope! And I asked, “Where are you going?” And he answered me, “To measure Jerusalem to see what is its width and what is its length.” And look, the angel who was talking to me was coming forward, and another angel was coming forward to meet him. And he said to him, “Run, say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited like villages without wallsb because of the multitude of people and animals in its midst. And I will be for it a wall of fire all around,’ declaresc Yahweh, ‘and I will be the glory in its midst.’ ”

“Woe! Woe! Flee from the land of the north,” declaresd Yahweh, “for I have scattered you like the four winds of the heavens,” declarese Yahweh. “Woe, Zion! Escape, you inhabitants of the daughter of Babylon!” For thus said Yahweh of hosts, after gloryf he sent me against the nations plundering you: Truly, the one touching you is touching the appleg of his eye. “Yes, look! I am going to wave my hand against them, and they will become plunder for their servants, and you will know that Yahweh of hosts has sent me. 10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for look, I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,” declaresh Yahweh. 11 “Many nations will join themselves to Yahweh on that day, and they will be my people, and I will dwell in your midst. And you will know that Yahweh of hosts has sent me to you. 12 And Yahweh will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land,i and he will again choose Jerusalem. 13 Be silent, all people,j before Yahweh, for he is roused from his holy dwelling.”k

Zechariah’s Fourth Vision

3 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing beforea the angel of Yahweh; and Satanb was standing on his right to accuse him. But Yahweh said to Satan,c “Yahweh rebukes you, O Satan!d Yahweh who has chosen Jerusalem rebukes you! Is this not a stick snatched from the fire?” And Joshua was clothed in filthy garments and was standing beforee the angel. And he answered and said to the ones standing beforef him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” And he said to him, “See, I have taken away your guiltg from you, and will clothe you with rich garments.” And I said, “Let them put a clean headbandh on his head.” And they put a clean headband on his head, and they clothed him with garments. And the angel of Yahweh was standing by.

And the angel of Yahweh assured Joshua, saying, “Thus says Yahweh of hosts: ‘If you will walk in my ways, and if you will keep my requirements, then you will judgei my house, and you will also guard my courtyards, and I will give to you passagewaysj among these that are standing here. Listen, please, O Joshua the high priest, you and your companionsk that are sitting beforel you. For the men are a sign that,m look, I am going to bring my servant the Branch.n For consider, the stone that I set beforeo Joshua, on one stone are seven eyes.p Look, I am going to engrave an inscription on it,’q declaresr Yahweh of hosts, ‘and I will remove the guilt of that land in a single day. 10 On that day,’ declaress Yahweh of hosts, ‘you will invite one anothert under the vine and under the fig tree.’ ”

Zechariah’s Fifth Vision

4 And the angel who was talking with me returned, and he wakened me as one who is wakened from his sleep. And he said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see, and look, a lampstand all of gold,a and a bowl was on its top, and its seven lamps on it, and seven lips on each of the lamps that are on its top. And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.” And I answered and said to the angel who was talking to me, “What are these, my lord?” And the angel who was talking with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” And he answered and said to me, “This is the word of Yahweh to Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by strength and not by power, but only by my Spirit,’ says Yahweh of hosts. ‘Who are you O great mountain? Beforeb Zerubbabel you will become level ground, and he will bring out the top stone amid the shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ” And the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have founded this house, and his hands will finish it. And you will know that Yahweh of hosts has sent me to you. 10 For whoever has despised the day of small things will rejoice and will see the plumb linec in the hand of Zerubbabel.”

These seven are the eyes of Yahweh which are ranging throughout the whole earth.d 11 And I answered and said to him, “What are these two olive trees on the right of the lampstand and on its left?” 12 And I replied a second time and asked him, “What are these two twigs of olive treese besidef the two golden pipes that pour forth from themselves the golden oil?” 13 And he replied to me, “Do you not know what these are?” And I said, “No, my lord.” 14 And he said, “These are the two anointed onesg standing by the Lord of the whole earth.”

Zechariah’s Sixth Vision

5 I looked up again,a and I saw, and look!—a flying scroll! And he asked me, “What are you seeing?” And I said, “I am seeing a flying scroll twenty cubits long and ten cubits wide.”b And he said to me, “This is the curse going out over the surface of the whole earth. For everyone who steals has gone unpunishedc according to it, and likewise everyone who swears falsely has gone unpunished according to it. ‘I have sent it out,’ declaresd Yahweh of hosts, ‘and it will go into the house of the thief and into the house of the one swearing falsely by my name,e and it will spend the night in thatf house and will destroy it, with its timber and its stone.’ ”

Zechariah’s Seventh Vision

And the angel who was speaking to me went out, and he said to me, “Please look up!g See what this is going out.” And I asked, “What is it?” And he said, “This is a basketh going out. And he said, “This is their iniquityi throughout all the earth. And look, the lead cover was lifted and a woman was sitting inside the basket.j And he said, “This is Wickedness!” And he thrust her back down into the basket,k and threw the lead cover on top of it.l And I looked upm and saw, and look!—two women coming forward, and the wind was in their wings, and they had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basketn between the earth and the sky.o 10 And I asked the angel who was talking to me, “Where are they taking the basket?”p 11 And he said to me, “To build for it a houseq in the land of Shinar,r and when it is put in place, it will be placed …

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