1 And I turned,
and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came
four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains
were mountains of brass.
2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot
3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot
grisled and bay horses.
4 Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me,
What are these, my lord?
5 And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four
spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before
the Lord of all the earth.
6 The black horses which are therein go forth into the north
country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled
go forth toward the south country.
7 And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk
to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk
to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through
8 Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold,
these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit
in the north country.
9 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
10 Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah,
and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the
same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;
11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them
upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest;
12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts,
saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall
grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the
13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall
bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and
he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace
shall be between them both.
14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to
Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in
the temple of the LORD.
15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple
of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent
me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently
obey the voice of the LORD your God.
1 And it came to
pass in the fourth year of king Darius, that the word of the
LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month,
even in Chisleu;
2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regem-melech,
and their men, to pray before the LORD,
3 And to speak unto the priests which were in the house of the
LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in
the fifth month, separating myself, as I have done these so
4 Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying,
5 Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests,
saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh
month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me,
even to me?
6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat
for yourselves, and drink for yourselves?
7 Should ye not hear the words which the LORD hath cried by
the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity,
and the cities thereof round about her, when men inhabited the
south and the plain?
8 And the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah, saying,
9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment,
and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger,
nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother
in your heart.
11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder,
and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they
should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath
sent in his spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a
great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they
would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the
LORD of hosts:
14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations
whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate after them, that
no man passed through nor returned: for they laid the pleasant
1 Again the word
of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with
great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell
in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city
of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and
old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with
his staff in his hand for very age.
5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls
playing in the streets thereof.
6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes
of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also
be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.
7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people
from the east country, and from the west country;
8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of
Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their
God, in truth and in righteousness.
9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye
that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets,
which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the
LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any
hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went
out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men
every one against his neighbour.
11 But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as
in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts.
12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her
fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens
shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people
to possess all these things.
13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among
the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will
I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your
hands be strong.
14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish
you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD
of hosts, and I repented not:
15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem
and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man
the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and
peace in your gates:
17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his
neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things
that I hate, saith the LORD.
18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying,
19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month,
and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and
the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and
gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and
20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass,
that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:
21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying,
Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the
LORD of hosts: I will go also.
22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the
LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come
to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of
the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is
a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God
is with you.
1 The burden of
the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall
be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes
of Israel, shall be toward the LORD.
2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though
it be very wise.
3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver
as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.
4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her
power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.
5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and
be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed;
and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not
6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the
pride of the Philistines.
7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations
from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall
be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and
Ekron as a Jebusite.
8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because
of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and
no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have
I seen with mine eyes.
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of
Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and
having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a
colt the foal of an ass.
10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse
from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he
shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be
from sea even to sea, and from river even to the ends of the
11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent
forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.
12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to
day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;
13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim,
and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece,
and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.
14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall
go forth as the lightning: and the LORD GOD shall blow the trumpet,
and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.
15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour,
and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make
a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls,
and as the corners of the altar.
16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the
flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown,
lifted up as an ensign upon his land.
17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty!
corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.
1 Ask ye of the
LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall
make bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every
one grass in the field.
2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen
a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore
they went their way as a flock, they were troubled, because
there was no shepherd.
3 Mine anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished
the goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock the
house of Judah, and hath made them as his goodly horse in the
4 Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out
of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.
5 And they shall be as mighty men, which tread down their enemies
in the mire of the streets in the battle: and they shall fight,
because the LORD is with them, and the riders on horses shall
6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save
the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them;
for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had
not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear
7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their
heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall
see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.
8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed
them: and they shall increase as they have increased.
9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember
me in far countries; and they shall live with their children,
and turn again.
10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and
gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land
of Gilead and Labanon; and place shall not be found for them.
11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall
smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall
dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and
the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away.
12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk
up and down in his name, saith the LORD.