Passage: Zechariah 4, 5, 6 (RSV)


Zechariah 4


1And the angel who talked with me came again, and waked me, like a man that is wakened out of his sleep.
2And he said to me, "What do you see?" I said, "I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps which are on the top of it.
3And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."
4And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?"
5Then the angel who talked with me answered me, "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord."
6Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerub'babel: Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
7What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerub'babel you shall become a plain; and he shall bring forward the top stone amid shouts of `Grace, grace to it!'"
8Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
9"The hands of Zerub'babel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
10For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerub'babel. "These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range through the whole earth."
11Then I said to him, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?"
12And a second time I said to him, "What are these two branches of the olive trees, which are beside the two golden pipes from which the oil is poured out?"
13He said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord."
14Then he said, "These are the two anointed who stand by the Lord of the whole earth."

Zechariah 5


1Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a flying scroll!
2And he said to me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its breadth ten cubits."
3Then he said to me, "This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land; for every one who steals shall be cut off henceforth according to it, and every one who swears falsely shall be cut off henceforth according to it.
4I will send it forth, says the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of him who swears falsely by my name; and it shall abide in his house and consume it, both timber and stones."
5Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, "Lift your eyes, and see what this is that goes forth."
6And I said, "What is it?" He said, "This is the ephah that goes forth." And he said, "This is their iniquity in all the land."
7And behold, the leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the ephah!
8And he said, "This is Wickedness." And he thrust her back into the ephah, and thrust down the leaden weight upon its mouth.
9Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, two women coming forward! The wind was in their wings; they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the ephah between earth and heaven.
10Then I said to the angel who talked with me, "Where are they taking the ephah?"
11He said to me, "To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it; and when this is prepared, they will set the ephah down there on its base."

Zechariah 6


1And again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of bronze.
2The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses,
3the third white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled gray horses.
4Then I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?"
5And the angel answered me, "These are going forth to the four winds of heaven, after presenting themselves before the LORD of all the earth.
6The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the white ones go toward the west country, and the dappled ones go toward the south country."
7When the steeds came out, they were impatient to get off and patrol the earth. And he said, "Go, patrol the earth." So they patrolled the earth.
8Then he cried to me, "Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the north country."
9And the word of the LORD came to me:
10"Take from the exiles Heldai, Tobi'jah, and Jedai'ah, who have arrived from Babylon; and go the same day to the house of Josi'ah, the son of Zephani'ah.
11Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it upon the head of Joshua, the son of Jehoz'adak, the high priest;
12and say to him, `Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall grow up in his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.
13It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD, and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule upon his throne. And there shall be a priest by his throne, and peaceful understanding shall be between them both."'
14And the crown shall be in the temple of the LORD as a reminder to Heldai, Tobi'jah, Jedai'ah, and Josi'ah the son of Zephani'ah.
15"And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD; and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God."



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