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1 In the eighth month in the second year of Darius, the LORD's word came to Zechariah the prophet, Berechiah's son and Iddo's grandson: 1 In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo:
2 The LORD was terribly angry with your ancestors. 2 "The LORD was very angry with your forefathers.
3 But you must say to the people, The LORD of heavenly forces proclaims: Return to me, says the LORD of heavenly forces, and I will return to you, says the LORD of heavenly forces. 3 Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Return to me,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'and I will return to you,' says the LORD Almighty.
4 Don't be like your ancestors to whom the former prophets preached: The LORD of heavenly forces proclaims: Turn from your evil ways and your evil deeds. But they didn't listen; they didn't draw near to me. 4 Do not be like your forefathers, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.' But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the LORD.
5 So where are your ancestors? Do the prophets live forever? 5 Where are your forefathers now? And the prophets, do they live forever?
6 In fact, didn't my words and laws, which I gave to my servants, the prophets, pursue your ancestors? And then the people changed their hearts, and they said, The LORD of heavenly forces has treated us according to what we have done, exactly as he planned. 6 But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your forefathers? "Then they repented and said, 'The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.' "
7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month (the month of Shebat) in the second year of Darius, the LORD's word came to Zechariah the prophet, Berechiah's son and Iddo's grandson: 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.
8 Tonight I looked and saw a man riding on a red horse, which was standing among the myrtle trees in the valley; and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses. 8 During the night I had a vision--and there before me was a man riding a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses.
9 I said, "What are these, sir?" The messenger speaking with me said, "I will show you what they are." 9 I asked, "What are these, my lord?" The angel who was talking with me answered, "I will show you what they are."
10 The man standing among the myrtles responded, "These are the ones the LORD sent to patrol the earth." 10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, "They are the ones the LORD has sent to go throughout the earth."
11 Then they responded to the LORD's messenger, who was standing among the myrtles, "We have patrolled the earth. The whole earth is peaceful and quiet." 11 And they reported to the angel of the LORD, who was standing among the myrtle trees, "We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace."
12 Then the LORD's messenger, who was speaking with me, said: "LORD of heavenly forces, how long will you withhold compassion from Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with whom you have been angry these seventy years?" 12 Then the angel of the LORD said, "LORD Almighty, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah, which you have been angry with these seventy years?"
13 The LORD responded to the messenger who was speaking with me with kind and compassionate words. 13 So the LORD spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.
14 The messenger speaking with me called out, “This is what the LORD of heavenly forces says: I care passionately about Jerusalem and Zion. 14 Then the angel who was speaking to me said, "Proclaim this word: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion,
15 And I am exceedingly angry with those carefree nations. Though I was somewhat angry, they added to the violence.” 15 but I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they added to the calamity.'
16 Therefore, this is what the LORD says: I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion. My house will be built in it, says the LORD of heavenly forces. Let a measuring line be stretched over Jerusalem. 16 "Therefore, this is what the LORD says: 'I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,' declares the LORD Almighty.
17 "Call out again, The LORD of heavenly forces proclaims: My cities will again overflow with prosperity. The LORD will again show compassion to Zion and will again choose Jerusalem." 17 "Proclaim further: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the LORD will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.' "
18 Then I looked up and saw four horns. 18 Then I looked up--and there before me were four horns!
19 I said to the messenger speaking with me, "What are these?" He said to me, "These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem." 19 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, "What are these?" He answered me, "These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem."
20 Then the LORD showed me four metalworkers. 20 Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen.
21 I said, "What are they coming to do?" And he said, "These are the horns that scattered Judah so that no one could raise his head. The metalworkers have come to terrify them and to destroy the horns of the nations, those who were attacking the land of Judah with their horns to scatter it." 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 horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people."