A Call to Return to the Lord1 In the eighth month, a in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet b Zechariah, the son of c Berechiah, son of d Iddo, saying, 2 e “The Lord was very angry with your fathers. 3 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: f Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and g I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. 4 h Do not be like your fathers i to whom the former prophets cried out, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts j Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But k they did not hear or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. 5 Your fathers, where are they? And l the prophets, do they live forever? 6 m But my words and my statutes, which I commanded n my servants the prophets, did they not o overtake your fathers? So they repented and said p ‘As the Lord of hosts purposed to deal with us for q our ways and r deeds, so has he dealt with us.’”
A Vision of a Horseman7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet s Zechariah, the son of t Berechiah, son of u Iddo, saying, 8 “I saw in the night, and behold v a man riding on a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen, and behind him were w red, sorrel, and white horses. 9 Then I said, ‘What are these, my lord?’ x The angel who talked with me said to me, ‘I will show you what they are.’ 10 So y the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered, z ‘These are they whom the Lord has sent to aa patrol the earth.’ 11 And they answered ab the angel of the Lord who was standing among the myrtle trees, and said, ac ‘We have patrolled the earth, and behold, all the earth ad remains at rest.’ 12 Then ae the angel of the Lord said, af ‘O Lord of hosts, ag how long will you ah have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which you have been angry these ai seventy years?’ 13 And the Lord answered aj gracious and comforting words to ak the angel who talked with me. 14 So al the angel who talked with me said to me, ‘Cry out, Thus says the Lord of hosts: am I am exceedingly jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion. 15 an And I am exceedingly angry with the nations that are ao at ease; ap for while I was angry but a little aq they furthered the disaster. 16 Therefore, thus says the Lord ar I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy; as my house shall be built in it, declares the Lord of hosts, and at the measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem. 17 Cry out again, Thus says the Lord of hosts: au My cities shall again overflow with prosperity av and the Lord will again comfort Zion and again aw choose Jerusalem.’”
A Vision of Horns and Craftsmen18 ▼
▼ Ch 2:1 in HebrewAnd I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold ay four horns! 19 And I said to az the angel who talked with me, “What are these?” And he said to me, ba “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” 20 Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. 21 And I said, “What are these coming to do?” He said, bb “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no one raised his head. And these have come bc to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations bd who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter it.”
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