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Zechariah 6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Once again I looked up - another strange sight! Four chariots charging out from between two mountains. The mountains were bronze. 1 I looked up again--and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains--mountains of bronze!
2 The first chariot was drawn by red horses, the second chariot by black horses, 2 The first chariot had red horses, the second black,
3 the third chariot by white horses, and the fourth chariot by dappled horses. All the horses were powerful. 3 the third white, and the fourth dappled--all of them powerful.
4 I asked the Messenger-Angel, "Sir, what's the meaning here?" 4 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, "What are these, my lord?"
5 The angel answered, "These are the four winds of heaven, which originate with the Master of the whole earth. 5 The angel answered me, "These are the four spirits of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world.
6 The black horses are headed north with the white ones right after them. The dappled horses are headed south." 6 The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south."
7 The powerful horses galloped out, bursting with energy, eager to patrol through the earth. The Messenger-Angel commanded: "On your way! Survey the earth!" and they were off in every direction. 7 When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the earth. And he said, "Go throughout the earth!" So they went throughout the earth.
8 Then he called to me and said, "Look at them go! The ones going north are conveying a sense of my Spirit, serene and secure. No more trouble from that direction." 8 Then he called to me, "Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north."
9 Then this Message from God came to me: 9 The word of the LORD came to me:
10 "Take up a collection from the exiles. Target Heldai, Tobiah, and Jedaiah. They've just arrived from Babylon. You'll find them at the home of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 10 "Take [silver and gold] from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon. Go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah.
11 Collect silver and gold from them and fashion crowns. Place one on the head of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, 11 Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak.
12 and give him this message: 12 Tell him this is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the LORD.
13 Yes, he's the one. He'll build the Temple of God. Then he'll assume the role of royalty, take his place on the throne and rule - a priest sitting on the throne! - showing that king and priest can coexist in harmony.' 13 It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.'
14 "The other crown will be in the Temple of God as a symbol of royalty, under the custodial care of Helem, Tobiah, Jedaiah, and Hen son of Zephaniah. 14 The crown will be given to Heldai, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
15 "People will come from faraway places to pitch in and rebuild the Temple of God. This will confirm that God-of-the-Angel-Armies did, in fact, send me to you. All this follows as you put your minds to a life of responsive obedience to the voice of your God." "You're Interested in Religion, I'm Interested in People" 15 Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the LORD, and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the LORD your God."