The introductory word
the eighth month, in the asecond
year of 1Darius
, the word of Jehovah came to 2bZechariah
the prophet, the son of 3Berechiah
, the son of 4Iddo
was extremely angry with your fathers;
say to them, Thus says Jehovah 1of
to Me, declares Jehovah of hosts, and I will return to you, says Jehovah of hosts.
not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets acried
, saying, Thus says Jehovah of hosts, Turn from your evil ways and from your evil deeds; but they did not hear nor hearken to Me, declares Jehovah.
fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers, so that they returned and said, As Jehovah of hosts has athought
to do with us, according to our ways and according to our deeds, so has He done with us?
The visions of consolation and promise
The vision of a man as the Angel of Jehovah riding on a red horse and standing among the myrtle trees
the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of Jehovah came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, saying,
saw during the night, and behold, a 1man
was riding upon a 2ared
horse; and He was standing among the 3myrtle
trees that were in the bottoms; and behind Him there were 4red
, reddish-brown, and white horses.
I said, What are these, sir? And the angel who spoke with me said to me, I will show you what these are.
the man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are those whom Jehovah has 1sent
to go to and fro on the earth.
they answered the Angel of Jehovah, who was standing among the myrtle trees, and they said, We have gone to and fro on the earth, and indeed all the earth sits astill
and is quiet.
the Angel of Jehovah answered and said, O Jehovah of hosts, how long will You not have compassion on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, with which You have been indignant for these aseventy
Jehovah answered the angel who spoke with me with good words, with comforting words.
the angel who spoke to me said to me, Cry out, saying, Thus says Jehovah of hosts: I am greatly 1ajealous
for Jerusalem and for Zion;
I am extremely angry with the nations, who are at ease; for I was only a little aangry
, but their help increased the affliction.
thus says Jehovah, I return to Jerusalem with acompassions
; My bhouse
will be built in it, declares Jehovah of hosts, and a 1cmeasuring
line will be stretched over Jerusalem.
out again, saying, Thus says Jehovah of hosts, My cities will again overflow with good, and Jehovah will again acomfort
Zion and will again choose Jerusalem.
The vision of the four horns and the four craftsmen
I lifted up my eyes and looked, and there were 1four
I said to the angel who spoke with me, What are these? And he said to me, These are the ahorns
that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.
Jehovah showed me 1four
I said, What do these come to do? And he spoke, saying, These are the horns that have so ascattered
Judah that no man lifts up his head, but these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations who have lifted up the horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.