1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came#Literally “was” to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, son of Iddo, saying, 2“Yahweh was very angry with your ancestors.#Literally “was angry against your ancestors with anger” 3You must say to them: ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts: “Return to me,” declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh of hosts, “and I will return to you,” says Yahweh of hosts. 4“Do not be like your ancestors,#Or “fathers” 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 hear#Or “listen” and they did not pay attention#Or “give heed” to me,” declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh. 5“Your ancestors,#Or “fathers” where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6However, did not my words and my regulations which I commanded my servants the prophets overtake your ancestors?#Or “fathers” 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
7On 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, 8I had a vision in the night,#Literally “I saw the night,” which means “I had a vision” 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. 9And I asked, “What are these, my lord?” And the angel who was talking with me said, “I will show you what these are.” 10And the man standing between the myrtle shrubs answered and said, “These are those whom Yahweh has sent to patrol#Or “to go about,” or “to walk through” the earth.” 11And they answered the angel of Yahweh who was standing between the myrtle shrubs, and they said, “We have patrolled#Or “have gone about,” or “have walked through” the earth, and look, all the earth is dwelling in peace.”#Literally “is dwelling and is at rest” 12The angel of Yahweh answered and said, “O Yahweh of hosts, how long#Literally “until when” will you have no compassion on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which you showed fury these seventy years?”#Hebrew “year” 13With gracious#Or “kind”; literally “good” and comforting words Yahweh answered the angel who was talking with me. 14And the angel who was talking with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh of hosts: “I am very jealous#Literally “I am jealous with a great jealousy” for Jerusalem and for Zion! 15And I am extremely angry#Literally “With a great anger I am angry” with the nations that are at ease, for while I was a little angry, they furthered disaster.”#Literally “helped disaster” 16Therefore, thus says Yahweh: “I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion. My temple#Or “house” will be built in it,” declares#Literally “a declaration of” Yahweh of hosts, “and a measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem.” ’ 17Proclaim 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
18#Zechariah 1:18–2:17 in the English Bible is 2:1–13 in the Hebrew Bible And I looked up#Literally “lifted up my eyes” and I saw, and look, there were four horns! 19And 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.” 20Then Yahweh showed me four skilled craftsmen, 21and I asked, “What are these coming to do?” And he answered, saying, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no man#Literally “according to the mouth of a man” 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.”
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