Zechariah 4
ICB
4
The Vision of the Lampstand
1Then the angel who was talking with me came back. He woke me up as if I had been asleep. 2He asked me, “What do you see?”
I said, “I see a solid gold lampstand. There is a bowl at the top. And there are seven lamps. There are also seven places for wicks. 3There are two olive trees by it. One is on the right of the bowl. And one is on the left.”
4I asked the angel who talked with me, “Sir, what are these?”
5The angel said, “Don’t you know what they are?”
“No, sir,” I said.
6Then he told me, “This is the message from the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘You will not succeed by your own strength or by your own power. The power will come from my Spirit,’ says the Lord of heaven’s armies.
7“No mountain can stand in Zerubbabel’s way. It will be flattened. Then he will bring out the topmost stone. There will be shouts of ‘It’s beautiful! It’s beautiful!’”
8Then the Lord spoke his word to me again. He said: 9“Zerubbabel has laid the foundation of this Temple. He will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of heaven’s armies has sent me to you.
10“The people should not think that small beginnings are unimportant. They will be happy when they see Zerubbabel with tools, building the Temple.
“(These seven lamps stand for the eyes of the Lord. They look back and forth across the earth.)”
11Then I asked the angel, “What are the two olive trees on the right and left of the lampstand?”
12I also asked him, “What are the two branches full of olives? The olive oil flows through the two gold pipes to the lamps.”
13He answered, “Don’t you know what they are?”
“No, sir,” I said.
14So he said, “They stand for two men. They have been appointed to serve the Lord of all the earth.”
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