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Zechariah 1:7-21 (New International Version)

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The Man Among the Myrtle Trees

7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo.1 8 During the night I had a vision--and there before me was a man riding a red2 horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses.3 9 I asked, "What are these, my lord?" The angel4 who was talking with me answered, "I will show you what they are."5 10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, "They are the ones the LORD has sent to go throughout the earth."6 11 And they reported to the angel of the LORD,7 who was standing among the myrtle trees, "We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace."8 12 Then the angel of the LORD said, "LORD Almighty, how long9 will you withhold mercy10 from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah,11 which you have been angry with these seventy12 years?" 13 So the LORD spoke13 kind and comforting words14 to the angel who talked with me.15 14 Then the angel who was speaking to me said, "Proclaim this word: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I am very jealous16 for Jerusalem and Zion, 15 but I am very angry with the nations that feel secure.17 I was only a little angry,18 but they added to the calamity.'19 16 "Therefore, this is what the LORD says: 'I will return20 to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line21 will be stretched out over Jerusalem,' declares the LORD Almighty.22 17 "Proclaim further: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort23 Zion and choose24 Jerusalem.' "25

Four Horns and Four Craftsmen

18 Then I looked up--and there before me were four horns! 19 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, "What are these?" He answered me, "These are the horns26 that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem." 20 Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen. 21 I asked, "What are these coming to do?" He answered, "These are the horns that scattered Judah so that no one could raise his head, but the craftsmen have come to terrify them and throw down these horns of the nations who lifted up their horns27 against the land of Judah to scatter its people."28
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