The Messenger-Angel again called me to attention. It was like being wakened out of deep sleep.
He said, "What do you see?"
And there are two olive trees, one on either side of the bowl."
Then I asked the Messenger-Angel, "What does this mean, sir?"
The Messenger-Angel said, "Can't you tell?" "No, sir," I said.
"This is God's Message to Zerubbabel: 'You can't force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,' says God-of-the-Angel-Armies.
'So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you're nothing but a molehill. He'll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!'"
After that, the Word of God came to me:
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)