1,1In the eighth month, in
the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to
Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying,
1,2the Lord was very
displeased with your fathers.
1,3Therefore tell 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.
1,4Don't you be like your fathers,
to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying: Thus says the Lord of
Hosts, 'Return now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings;'
but they did not hear, nor listen to me, says the Lord.
1,5Your fathers, where are they? And
the prophets, do they live forever?
1,6But 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 the Lord of Hosts determined
to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our practices, so he
has dealt with us.'
1,7On the twenty-fourth day of the
eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius,
the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of
Iddo, the prophet, saying,
1,8I 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. 1,9Then I
asked, 'My lord, what are these?'
The angel who talked with me said to me, I will show you what these
1,10The man who stood
among the myrtle trees answered, They are the ones the Lord has sent to
go back and forth through the earth.
1,11They reported to the
angel of the Lord 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.
1,12Then the angel of the Lord replied, O the 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? 1,13The Lord answered the angel who talked with me with kind and comforting words. 1,14So the angel who talked 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. 1,15I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, but they added to the calamity. 1,16Therefore thus says the Lord: I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy. My house shall be built in it, says the Lord of Hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem.' 1,17Proclaim further, saying, 'Thus says the Lord of Hosts: My cities will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion, and will again choose Jerusalem.' 1,18I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, four horns. 1,19I asked the angel who talked with me, What are these? He answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. 1,20The Lord showed me four craftsmen. 1,21Then 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.
2,1I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2,2Then I asked, Where are you going? He said to me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its breadth and what is its length. 2,3Behold, the angel who talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him, 2,4and 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. 2,5For I,' says the Lord, 'will be to her a wall of fire around it, and I will be the glory in the midst of her. 2,6Come! Come! Flee from the land of the north,' says the Lord; 'for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the sky,' says the Lord. 2,7'Come, Zion! Escape, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.' 2,8For thus says the Lord of Hosts: 'For honor he has sent me to the nations which plundered you; for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye. 2,9For, behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they will be a spoil to those who served them; and you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me. 2,10Sing and rejoice, daughter of Zion; for, behold, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of you,' says the Lord. 2,11Many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be my people; and I will dwell in the midst of you, and you shall know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me to you. 2,12the Lord will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem. 2,13Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for he has roused himself from his holy habitation!
3,1He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary. 3,2the Lord said to Satan, the Lord rebuke you, Satan! Yes, the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Isn't this a burning stick plucked out of the fire? 3,3Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel. 3,4He 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. 3,5I 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 the Lord was standing by. 3,6The angel of the Lord protested to Joshua, saying, 3,7Thus says the Lord of Hosts: '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. 3,8Hear 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. 3,9For, behold, the stone that I have set before Joshua; on one stone are seven eyes: behold, I will engrave its engraving, says the Lord of Hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day. 3,10In that day, says the Lord of Hosts, you will invite every man his neighbor under the vine and under the fig tree.
4,1The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as a man who is wakened out of his sleep. 4,2He 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; 4,3and two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side of it. 4,4I answered and spoke to the angel who talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord? 4,5Then the angel who talked with me answered me, Don't you know what these are? I said, No, my lord. 4,6Then he answered and spoke to me, saying, This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel, saying, 'Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord of Hosts. 4,7Who are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you are a plain; and he will bring out the capstone with shouts of 'Grace, grace, to it!' 4,8Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 4,9The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house. His hands shall also finish it; and you will know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me to you. 4,10Indeed, 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 the Lord, which run back and forth through the whole earth. 4,11Then I asked him, What are these two olive trees on the right side of the lampstand and on the left side of it? 4,12I 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? 4,13He answered me, Don't you know what these are? I said, No, my lord. 4,14Then he said, These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
5,1Then again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, a flying scroll. 5,2He said to me, What do you see? I answered, I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its breadth ten cubits. 5,3Then 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. 5,4I will cause it to go out, says the Lord of Hosts, 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. 5,5Then 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. 5,6I said, What is it? He said, This is the ephah basket that is appearing. He said moreover, This is their appearance in all the land 5,7And behold, a talent of lead was lifted up; and this is a woman sitting in the midst of the ephah basket. 5,8He 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. 5,9Then 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. 5,10Then I said to the angel who talked with me, Where are these carrying the ephah basket? 5,11He 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.
6,1Again I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass. 6,2In the first chariot were red horses; in the second chariot black horses; 6,3in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot dappled horses, all of them powerful. 6,4Then I asked the angel who talked with me, What are these, my lord? 6,5The angel answered me, These are the four winds of the sky, which go forth from standing before the Lord of all the earth. 6,6The 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. 6,7The 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. 6,8Then 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. 6,9The word of the Lord came to me, saying, 6,10Take 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. 6,11Yes, take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest; 6,12and speak to him, saying, Thus says the Lord of Hosts, Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: and he shall grow up out of his place; and he shall build the temple of the Lord; 6,13even he shall build the temple of the Lord; 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. 6,14The 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 the Lord. 6,15Those who are far off shall come and build in the temple of the Lord; and you shall know that the Lord of Hosts has sent me to you. This will happen, if you will diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.
7,1It happened in the fourth year of king Darius that the word of the Lord came to Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Chislev. 7,2The people of Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem Melech, and their men, to entreat the Lord's favor, 7,3and to speak to the priests of the house of the Lord of Hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so many years? 7,4Then the word of the Lord of Hosts came to me, saying, 7,5Speak 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? 7,6When you eat, and when you drink, don't you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? 7,7Aren't these the words which the Lord 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?' 7,8The word of the Lord came to Zechariah, saying, 7,9Thus has the Lord of Hosts spoken, saying, 'Execute true judgment, and show kindness and compassion every man to his brother. 7,10Don'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.' 7,11But they refused to listen, and turned their backs, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear. 7,12Yes, they made their hearts as hard as flint, lest they might hear the law, and the words which the Lord of Hosts had sent by his Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from the Lord of Hosts. 7,13It has come to pass that, as he called, and they refused to listen, so they will call, and I will not listen, said the Lord of Hosts; 7,14but 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.
8,1The word of the Lord of Hosts came to me. 8,2Thus says the Lord of Hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath. 8,3Thus says the Lord: I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem shall be called 'The City of Truth;' and the mountain of the Lord of Hosts, 'The Holy Mountain.' 8,4Thus says the Lord of Hosts: Old men and old women will again dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, every man with his staff in his hand for very age. 8,5The streets of the city will be full of boys and girls playing in its streets. 8,6Thus says the Lord of Hosts: If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my eyes? says the Lord of Hosts. 8,7Thus says the Lord of Hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; 8,8and I will bring them, and they will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem; and they will be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. 8,9Thus says the Lord of Hosts: Let your hands be strong, you who hear in these days these words from the mouth of the prophets who were in the day that the foundation of the house of the Lord of Hosts was laid, even the temple, that it might be built. 8,10For before those days there was no wages for man, nor any wages for an animal; neither was there any peace to him who went out or came in, because of the adversary. For I set all men everyone against his neighbor. 8,11But now I will not be to the remnant of this people as in the former days, says the Lord of Hosts. 8,12For the seed of peace and the vine will yield its fruit, and the ground will give its increase, and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things. 8,13It shall come to pass that, as you were a curse among the nations, house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Don't be afraid. Let your hands be strong. 8,14For thus says the Lord of Hosts: As I thought to do evil to you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, says the Lord of Hosts, and I didn't repent; 8,15so again have I thought in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Don't be afraid. 8,16These are the things that you shall do: speak every man the truth with his neighbor. Execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates, 8,17and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, says the Lord. 8,18The word of the Lord of Hosts came to me. 8,19Thus says the Lord of Hosts: The fasts of the fourth fifth, seventh, and tenth months shall be for the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts. Therefore love truth and peace. 8,20Thus says the Lord of Hosts: Many peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come; 8,21and the inhabitants of one shall go to another, saying, 'Let us go speedily to entreat the favor of the Lord, and to seek the Lord of Hosts. I will go also.' 8,22Yes, many peoples and strong nations will come to seek the Lord of Hosts in Jerusalem, and to entreat the favor of the Lord. 8,23Thus says the Lord of Hosts: In those days, ten men will take hold, out of all the languages of the nations, they will take hold of the skirt of him who is a Jew, saying, 'We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'
10,1Ask of the Lord rain in the spring time,
11,1Open your doors, Lebanon,
12,1An oracle. The word of the Lord concerning Israel. the Lord, who stretches out the heavens, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him says: 12,2Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the surrounding peoples, and on Judah also will it be in the siege against Jerusalem. 12,3It will happen in that day, that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all the peoples. All who burden themselves with it will be severely wounded, and all the nations of the earth will be gathered together against it. 12,4In that day, says the Lord, I will strike every horse with terror, and his rider with madness; and I will open my eyes on the house of Judah, and will strike every horse of the peoples with blindness. 12,5The chieftains of Judah will say in their heart, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem are my strength in the Lord of Hosts their God.' 12,6In that day I will make the chieftains of Judah like a pan of fire among wood, and like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they will devour all the surrounding peoples, on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem will yet again dwell in their own place, even in Jerusalem. 12,7the Lord also will save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem not be magnified above Judah. 12,8In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem. He who is feeble among them at that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord before them. 12,9It will happen in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 12,10I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplication; and they will look to Me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son, and will grieve bitterly for him, as one grieves for his firstborn. 12,11In that day there will be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. 12,12The land will mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; 12,13the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of the Shimeites apart, and their wives apart; 12,14all the families who remain, every family apart, and their wives apart.
13,1In that day there will be a spring opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness. 13,2It will come to pass in that day, says the Lord of Hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they will be remembered no more. I will also cause the prophets and the spirit of impurity to pass out of the land. 13,3It will happen that, when anyone still prophesies, then his father and his mother who bore him will tell him, 'You must die, because you speak lies in the name of the Lord;' and his father and his mother who bore him will stab him when he prophesies. 13,4It will happen in that day, that the prophets will each be ashamed of his vision, when he prophesies; neither will they wear a hairy mantle to deceive: 13,5but he will say, 'I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the ground; for I have been made a bondservant from my youth.' 13,6One will say to him, What are these wounds between your arms? Then he will answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
14,1Behold, a day of the Lord comes, when your spoil will be divided in your midst. 14,2For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city will be taken, the houses rifled, and the women ravished. Half of the city will go out into captivity, and the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. 14,3Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. 14,4His feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in two, from east to west, making a very great valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half of it toward the south. 14,5You shall flee by the valley of my mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azel; yes, you shall flee, just like you fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with you. 14,6It will happen in that day, that there will not be light, cold, or frost. 14,7It will be a unique day which is known to the Lord; not day, and not night; but it will come to pass, that at evening time there will be light. 14,8It will happen in that day, that living waters will go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea; in summer and in winter will it be. 14,9the Lord will be King over all the earth. In that day the Lord will be one, and his name one. 14,10All the land will be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and she will be lifted up, and will dwell in her place, from Benjamin's gate to the place of the first gate, to the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel to the king's winepresses. 14,11Men will dwell therein, and there will be no more curse; but Jerusalem will dwell safely. 14,12This will be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples who have warred against Jerusalem: their flesh will consume away while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will consume away in their sockets, and their tongue will consume away in their mouth. 14,13It will happen in that day, that a great panic from the Lord will be among them; and they will lay hold everyone on the hand of his neighbor, and his hand will rise up against the hand of his neighbor. 14,14Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered together: gold, and silver, and clothing, in great abundance. 14,15So will be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the donkey, and of all the animals that will be in those camps, as that plague. 14,16It will happen that everyone who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the feast of tents. 14,17It will be, that whoever of all the families of the earth doesn't go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, on them there will be no rain. 14,18If the family of Egypt doesn't go up, and doesn't come, neither will it rain on them. This will be the plague with which the Lord will strike the nations that don't go up to keep the feast of tents. 14,19This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations that don't go up to keep the feast of tents. 14,20In that day there will be on the bells of the horses, 'Holy to the Lord'; and the pots in the Lord's house will be like the bowls before the altar. 14,21Every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to the Lord of Hosts; and all those who sacrifice will come and take of them, and cook in them. In that day there will no longer be a Canaanite in the house of the Lord of Hosts.