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Zechariah 4:1-10 (New International Reader's Version)

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A Vision of the Gold Lampstand and Two Olive Trees

1 Then the angel who was talking with me returned. He woke me up. It was as if I had been asleep. 2 "What do you see?" he asked me. "I see a solid gold lampstand," I answered. "It has a bowl on top of it. There are seven lamps on it. Seven tubes lead to each of them. 3 There are two olive trees by the lampstand. One is on its right side. The other is on its left." 4 I asked the angel who was talking with me, "Sir, what are these?" 5 He answered, "Don't you know what they are?" "No, sir," I replied. 6 So he said to me, "A message came to Zerubbabel from the Lord. He said, 'Your strength will not get my temple rebuilt. Your power will not do it either. Only the power of my Spirit will do it,' says the LORD who rules over all. 7 "So nothing can stop Zerubbabel from completing the temple. Even a mountain of problems will be smoothed out by him. When the temple is finished, he will put its most important stone in place. Then the people will shout, 'God bless it! God bless it!' " 8 A message came to me from the Lord. His angel said, 9 "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple. His hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD who rules over all has sent me to you. 10 "Do not look down on the small amount of work done on the temple so far. People will be filled with joy when they see Zerubbabel holding the most important stone. "The seven eyes on the stone are the eyes of the LORD himself. He looks out over the whole earth."
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