Zechariah 1-7 World English Bible

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A Call to Return to the LORD

1 1  In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying, 2  “Yahweh was very displeased with your fathers. 3  Therefore tell them: Thus says Yahweh of Armies: ‘Return to me,’ says Yahweh of Armies, ‘and I will return to you,’ says Yahweh of Armies. 4  Don’t you be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying: Thus says Yahweh of Armies, ‘Return now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings;’ but they did not hear, nor listen to me, says Yahweh. 5  Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6  But my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, didn’t they overtake your fathers?

“Then they repented and said, ‘Just as Yahweh of Armies determined to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our practices, so he has dealt with us.’”

The Vision of the Horses

7  On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying, 8  “I had a vision in the night, and behold, a man riding on a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in a ravine; and behind him there were red, brown, and white horses. 9  Then I asked, ‘My lord, what are these?’”

The angel who talked with me said to me, “I will show you what these are.” 10  The man who stood among the myrtle trees answered, “They are the ones Yahweh has sent to go back and forth through the earth.” 11  They reported to the angel of Yahweh who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, “We have walked back and forth through the earth, and behold, all the earth is at rest and in peace.” 12  Then the angel of Yahweh replied, “O Yahweh of Armies, 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  Yahweh answered the angel who talked with me with kind and comforting words. 14  So the angel who talked with me said to me, “Proclaim, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh of Armies: “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. 15  I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, but they added to the calamity.” 16  Therefore thus says Yahweh: “I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy. My house shall be built in it,” says Yahweh of Armies, “and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem.”’ 17  “Proclaim further, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh of Armies: “My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and Yahweh will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem.”’”

The Vision of the Horns and Carpenters

18  I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, four horns. 19  I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these?”

He answered me, “These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” 20  Yahweh showed me four craftsmen. 21  Then I asked, “What are these coming to do?”

He said, “These are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man lifted up his head; but these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations, which lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.”

The Exiles Summoned

2 1  I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2  Then I asked, “Where are you going?”

He said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its breadth and what is its length.” 3  Behold, the angel who talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, 4  and said to him, “Run, speak to this young man, saying, ‘Jerusalem will be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of men and livestock in it. 5  For I,’ says Yahweh, ‘will be to her a wall of fire around it, and I will be the glory in the midst of her.

6  Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,’ says Yahweh; ‘for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the sky,’ says Yahweh. 7  ‘Come, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.’ 8  For thus says Yahweh of Armies: ‘For honor he has sent me to the nations which plundered you; for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye. 9  For, behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they will be a spoil to those who served them; and you will know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me.

10  Sing and rejoice, daughter of Zion; for, behold, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you,’ says Yahweh. 11  Many nations shall join themselves to Yahweh in that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me to you. 12  Yahweh will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. 13  Be silent, all flesh, before Yahweh; for he has roused himself from his holy habitation!”

The Prophet's Vision of Joshua the High Priest

3 1  He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Yahweh, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary. 2  Yahweh said to Satan, “Yahweh rebuke you, Satan! Yes, Yahweh who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Isn’t this a burning stick plucked out of the fire?” 3  Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel. 4  He answered and spoke to those who stood before him, saying, “Take the filthy garments off of him.” To him he said, “Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with rich clothing.” 5  I said, “Let them set a clean turban on his head.”

So they set a clean turban on his head, and clothed him; and the angel of Yahweh was standing by. 6  The angel of Yahweh protested to Joshua, saying, 7  “Thus says Yahweh of Armies: ‘If you will walk in my ways, and if you will follow my instructions, then you also shall judge my house, and shall also keep my courts, and I will give you a place of access among these who stand by.

8  Hear now, Joshua the high priest, you and your fellows who sit before you; for they are men who are a sign: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant, the Branch. 9  For, behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes: behold, I will engrave its engraving,’ says Yahweh of Armies, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. 10  In that day,’ says Yahweh of Armies, ‘you will invite every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree.’”

The Candlestick and the Olive Trees

4 1  The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. 2  He said to me, “What do you see?”

I said, “I have seen, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps thereon; there are seven pipes to each of the lamps, which are on the top of it; 3  and two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side of it.” 4  I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these, my lord?” 5  Then the angel who talked with me answered me, “Don’t you know what these are?”

I said, “No, my lord.” 6  Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, “This is the word of Yahweh to Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says Yahweh of Armies. 7  Who are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you are a plain; and he will bring out the capstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace, to it!’” 8  Moreover the word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 9  “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house. His hands shall also finish it; and you will know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me to you. 10  Indeed, who despises the day of small things? For these seven shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. These are the eyes of Yahweh, which run back and forth through the whole earth.”

11  Then I asked him, “What are these two olive trees on the right side of the lampstand and on the left side of it?” 12  I asked him the second time, “What are these two olive branches, which are beside the two golden spouts, that pour the golden oil out of themselves?” 13  He answered me, “Don’t you know what these are?”

I said, “No, my lord.” 14  Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.”

The Flying Roll

5 1  Then again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a flying scroll. 2  He said to me, “What do you see?”

I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its breadth ten cubits.” 3  Then he said to me, “This is the curse that goes out over the surface of the whole land; for everyone who steals shall be cut off according to it on the one side; and everyone who swears falsely shall be cut off according to it on the other side. 4  I will cause it to go out,” says Yahweh of Armies, “and it will enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him who swears falsely by my name; and it will remain in the midst of his house, and will destroy it with its timber and its stones.”

The Woman in the Ephah

5  Then the angel who talked with me came forward, and said to me, “Lift up now your eyes, and see what is this that is appearing.” 6  I said, “What is it?”

He said, “This is the ephah [1] basket that is appearing.” He said moreover, “This is their appearance in all the land 7  (and behold, a talent [2] of lead was lifted up); and this is a woman sitting in the midst of the ephah basket.” 8  He said, “This is Wickedness;” and he threw her down into the midst of the ephah basket; and he threw the weight of lead on its mouth. 9  Then lifted I up my eyes, and saw, and behold, there were two women, and the wind was in their wings. Now they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah basket between earth and the sky. 10  Then said I to the angel who talked with me, “Where are these carrying the ephah basket?” 11  He said to me, “To build her a house in the land of Shinar. When it is prepared, she will be set there in her own place.”

The Four Chariots

6 1  Again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. 2  In the first chariot were red horses; in the second chariot black horses; 3  in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot dappled horses, all of them powerful. 4  Then I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?” 5  The angel answered me, “These are the four winds of the sky, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. 6  The one with the black horses goes out toward the north country; and the white went out after them; and the dappled went forth toward the south country.” 7  The strong went out, and sought to go that they might walk back and forth through the earth: and he said, “Go around and through the earth!” So they walked back and forth through the earth. 8  Then he called to me, and spoke to me, saying, “Behold, those who go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.”

The Symbolic Crowning of Joshua

9  The word of Yahweh came to me, saying, 10  “Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah; and come the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah, where they have come from Babylon. 11  Yes, take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest; 12  and speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh of Armies, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: and he shall grow up out of his place; and he shall build the temple of Yahweh; 13  even he shall build the temple of Yahweh; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule on his throne; and he shall be a priest on his throne; and the counsel of peace shall be between them both. 14  The crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of Yahweh. 15  Those who are far off shall come and build in the temple of Yahweh; and you shall know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me to you. This will happen, if you will diligently obey the voice of Yahweh your God.”’”

Insincere Fasting Reproved

7 1  It happened in the fourth year of king Darius that the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Chislev. 2  The people of Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem Melech, and their men, to entreat Yahweh’s favor, 3  and to speak to the priests of the house of Yahweh of Armies, and to the prophets, saying, “Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years?” 4  Then the word of Yahweh of Armies came to me, saying, 5  “Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and in the seventh month for these seventy years, did you at all fast to me, really to me? 6  When you eat, and when you drink, don’t you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? 7  Aren’t these the words which Yahweh proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, and its cities around her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?’”

Disobedience the Cause of Captivity

8  The word of Yahweh came to Zechariah, saying, 9  “Thus has Yahweh of Armies spoken, saying, ‘Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother. 10  Don’t oppress the widow, nor the fatherless, the foreigner, nor the poor; and let none of you devise evil against his brother in your heart.’ 11  But they refused to listen, and turned their backs, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear. 12  Yes, they made their hearts as hard as flint, lest they might hear the law, and the words which Yahweh of Armies had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from Yahweh of Armies. 13  It has come to pass that, as he called, and they refused to listen, so they will call, and I will not listen,” said Yahweh of Armies; 14  “but I will scatter them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they have not known. Thus the land was desolate after them, so that no man passed through nor returned: for they made the pleasant land desolate.”

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Footnotes

[1] 5:6 An ephah is a measure of volume of about 22 litres, 5.8 U. S. gallons, or about 2/3 of a bushel.

[2] 5:7 A talent is a weight of about 34 kilograms or 75 pounds.

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