"The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house, and his hands will finish it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
"For who has despised the day of small things ? But these seven will be glad when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel -these are the eyes of the LORD which range to and fro throughout the earth."
"They made their hearts like flint so that they could not hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets ; therefore great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'Let your hands be strong, you who are listening in these days to these words from the mouth of the prophets, those who spoke in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, to the end that the temple might be built.
'It will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear ; let your hands be strong.'
"For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land," declares the LORD ; "but behold, I will cause the men to fall, each into another's power and into the power of his king ; and they will strike the land, and I will not deliver them from their power."
"And one will say to him, 'What are these wounds between your arms ?' Then he will say, 'Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.'
"Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate," Declares the LORD of hosts. "Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered ; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.