|Zechariah 1 |
1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD to Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying:
2 "The LORD has been very displeased with your forefathers.
3 Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: Return to me, says the LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says the LORD of hosts.
4 Do not be like your forefathers, to whom the former prophets have cried, saying, "Thus says the Lord of hosts: Turn now from your evil ways and from your evil doings;" but they did not hear or listen to me, says the LORD.
5 Your forefathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not take hold of your forefathers? So they returned and said, "As the LORD of hosts planned to do to us, according to our ways and according to our deeds, so he has dealt with us."'"
7 Upon the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD to Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying:
8 I saw in the night and beheld a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the hollow, and behind him there were red, speckled, and white horses.
9 Then I said, "O my lord, what are these?" And the angel who talked with me said to me,"I will show you what these are."
10 And the man who stood among the myrtle trees said, "These are the ones whom the LORD has sent to walk to and fro through the earth."
11 And the men on horses answered the Angel of the LORD who stood among the myrtle trees and said, "We have walked to and fro through the earth and behold, all the earth sits still and is at rest."
12 Then the Angel of the LORD said, "O LORD of hosts, how long will you not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which you have had indignation these seventy years?"
13 And the LORD answered the angel who talked with me with good and comforting words.
14 So the angel who communed with me said to me, "Proclaim, saying, Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
15 And I am very angry with the heathen that are at ease for when I was only a little displeased, they took advantage [of Jerusalem's affliction], making it worse.
16 Therefore thus says the LORD: I will return to Jerusalem with mercies. My temple shall be built in it, says the LORD of hosts, and a measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.
17 Cry yet again, saying: "Thus says the LORD of hosts: My cities shall yet again be spread out through prosperity, and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion and shall yet choose Jerusalem."'"
18 Then I lifted up my eyes and saw, and behold there were four horns.
19 And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" And he answered me, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem."
20 Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen.
21 Then said I, "What are these coming to do?" And he spoke, saying, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah so that no man could lift up his head. But these craftsmen have come to terrify them and to cast out the horns of the Gentiles who lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it."