Zechariah 4 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then the angel who was talking with me returned. He woke me up. It was as if I had been asleep. 1 Then the angel who talked with me returned and wakened me, as a man is wakened from his sleep.
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. 2 He asked me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a solid gold lampstand with a bowl at the top and seven lights on it, with seven channels to the lights.
3 There are two olive trees by the lampstand. One is on its right side. The other is on its left." 3 Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."
4 I asked the angel who was talking with me, "Sir, what are these?" 4 I asked the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?"
5 He answered, "Don't you know what they are?" "No, sir," I replied. 5 He answered, "Do you not know what these are?" "No, my lord," 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. 6 So he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty.
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!' " 7 "What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of 'God bless it! God bless it!' "
8 A message came to me from the Lord. His angel said, 8 Then the word of the LORD came to me:
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. 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 Almighty 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." 10 "Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. "(These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range throughout the earth.)"
11 Then I said to the angel, "I see two olive trees. One is on the right side of the lampstand. The other is on the left. What are those trees?" 11 Then I asked the angel, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?"
12 I continued, "I also see two olive branches. They are next to the two gold pipes that pour out golden olive oil. What are those branches?" 12 Again I asked him, "What are these two olive branches beside the two gold pipes that pour out golden oil?"
13 He answered, "Don't you know what they are?" "No, sir," I said. 13 He replied, "Do you not know what these are?" "No, my lord," I said.
14 So he told me, "They are Zerubbabel and Jeshua. The Lord of the whole earth has anointed them to serve him." 14 So he said, "These are the two who are anointed to serve the Lord of all the earth."