With great 3fervor I am zealous for her.’
b‘I will return to Zion,
And cdwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem dshall be called the City of Truth,
eThe Mountain of the Lord of hosts,
fThe Holy Mountain.’
g‘Old men and old women shall again sit
In the streets of Jerusalem,
Each one with his staff in his hand
Because of 4great age.
Shall be hfull of boys and girls
Playing in its streets.’
‘If it is 5marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days,
iWill it also be marvelous in My eyes?’
Says the Lord of hosts.
And from the land of the 7west;
8 I will kbring them back,
And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
lThey shall be My people
And I will be their God,
mIn truth and righteousness.’
n‘Let your hands be strong,
You who have been hearing in these days
These words by the mouth of othe prophets,
Who spoke in pthe day the foundation was laid
For the house of the Lord of hosts,
That the temple might be built.
There were no qwages for man nor any hire for beast;
There was no peace from the enemy for whoever went out or came in;
For I set all men, everyone, against his neighbor.
11 rBut now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the Lord of hosts.
The vine shall give its fruit,
tThe ground shall give her increase,
And uthe heavens shall give their dew—
I will cause the remnant of this people
To possess all these.
That just as you were va curse among the nations,
O house of Judah and house of Israel,
So I will save you, and wyou shall be a blessing.
Do not fear,
Let your hands be strong.’
When your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’
Says the Lord of hosts,
y‘And I would not relent,
I am determined to do good
To Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
Do not fear.
16 These are the things you shall zdo:
aSpeak each man the truth to his neighbor;
Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
And do not love a false oath.
For all these are things that I hate,’
Says the Lord.”
c‘The fast of the fourth month,
dThe fast of the fifth,
eThe fast of the seventh,
fAnd the fast of the tenth,
Shall be gjoy and gladness and cheerful feasts
For the house of Judah.
hTherefore love truth and peace.’
‘Peoples shall yet come,
Inhabitants of many cities;
i“Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord,
And seek the Lord of hosts.
I myself will go also.”
22 Yes, jmany peoples and strong nations
Shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem,
And to pray before the Lord.’
23 “Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men kfrom every language of the nations shall lgrasp the 2sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard mthat God is with you.” ’ ”
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