Zechariah 8

The Coming Peace and Prosperity of Zion

1And the word of the  Lord of hosts came, saying, 2Thus says the  Lord of hosts: a  I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. 3Thus says the  Lord: b  I have returned to Zion and c  will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, d  and Jerusalem shall be called the faithful city, e  and the mountain of the  Lord of hosts, the holy mountain. 4Thus says the  Lord of hosts: f  Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of great age. 5And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. 6Thus says the  Lord of hosts: g  If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days h  should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the  Lord of hosts? 7Thus says the  Lord of hosts: Behold i  I will save my people j  from the east country and from the west country, 8and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. k  And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, l  in faithfulness and in righteousness.”

9Thus says the  Lord of hosts: m  “Let your hands be strong, you who in these days have been hearing these words from the mouth of n  the prophets who were present on o  the day that the foundation of the house of the  Lord of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. 10For before those days p  there was no wage for man or any wage for beast, neither was there any safety from the foe for him who went out or came in, for I set every man against his neighbor. 11But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, declares the  Lord of hosts. 12 q  For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its produce r  and the heavens shall give their dew. s  And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. 13And as t  you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, u  so will I save you, and v  you shall be a blessing. w  Fear not, but x  let your hands be strong.”

14For thus says the  Lord of hosts: y  “As I purposed to bring disaster to you when your fathers provoked me to wrath, and I did not relent, says the  Lord of hosts, 15so again have I purposed in these days to bring good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; z  fear not. 16These are the things that you shall do: aa  Speak the truth to one another; ab  render in your gates judgments ac  that are true and make for peace; 17 ad  do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and ae  love no false oath, for all these things I hate, declares the  Lord.”

18And the word of the  Lord of hosts came to me, saying, 19Thus says the  Lord of hosts: The fast of the af  fourth month and the fast of the ag  fifth and the fast of the ah  seventh and the fast of the ai  tenth shall be to the house of Judah aj  seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love ak  truth and peace.

20Thus says the  Lord of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities. 21The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, al  ‘Let us go at once am  to entreat the favor of the  Lord and to seek the  Lord of hosts; I myself am going.’ 22 an  Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the  Lord of hosts in Jerusalem and ao  to entreat the favor of the  Lord. 23Thus says the  Lord of hosts: In those days ap  ten men aq  from the nations of every tongue shall take hold of the robe of a Jew, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for ar  we have heard that God is with you.’”

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