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The Book of Zechariah


Zechariah receives many visions about the people of Israel.







Previous Book: Haggai


Language:

Hebrew


Author:

Zechariah


People:

Zechariah son of Berechiah son of Iddo

Joshua

Angel



Chapters


Chapter 1

​Israel Urged to Repent

First Vision: The Horsemen

Second Vision: The Horns and the Smiths

​Chapter 2

​Third Vision: The Man with a Measuring Line

Interlude: An Appeal to the Exiles

Chapter 3

​Fourth Vision: Joshua and Satan

Chapter 4

​Fifth Vision: The Lampstand and Olive Trees

​Chapter 5

​Sixth Vision: The Flying Scroll

Seventh Vision: The Woman in a Basket

Chapter 6

​Eighth Vision: Four Chariots

The Coronation of the Branch

Chapter 7

​Hypocritical Fasting Condemned

Punishment for Rejecting God’s Demands

Chapter 8

​God’s Promises to Zion

Joyful Fasting

Many Peoples Drawn to Jerusalem

Judgment on Israel’s Enemies

Chapter 9

The Coming Ruler of God’s People

​Chapter 10

​Restoration of Judah and Israel

​Chapter 11

​Two Kinds of Shepherds

Jerusalem’s Victory

​Chapter 12

​Mourning for the Pierced One

​Chapter 13

​Idolatry Cut Off

The Shepherd Struck, the Flock Scattered

​Chapter 14

​Future Warfare and Final Victory




Highlights



First Vision: The Horsemen

Zechariah 1:8


In the night I saw a man riding on a red horse! He was standing among the myrtle trees in the glen; and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses. 9 Then I said, “What are these, my lord?” The angel who talked with me said to me, “I will show you what they are.” 10 So the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered, “They are those whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth.” 11 Then they spoke to the angel of the LORD who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have patrolled the earth, and lo, the whole earth remains at peace.” 12 Then the angel of the LORD said, “O LORD of hosts, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, with which you have been angry these seventy years?” 13 Then the LORD replied with gracious and comforting words to the angel who talked with me. 14 So the angel who talked with me said to me, Proclaim this message: Thus says the LORD of hosts; I am very jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion. 15 And I am extremely angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was only a little angry, they made the disaster worse. 16 Therefore, thus says the LORD, I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion; my house shall be built in it, says the LORD of hosts, and the measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem. 17 Proclaim further: Thus says the LORD of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity; the LORD will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.



Second Vision: The Horns and the Smiths

Zechariah 1:18-21


And I looked up and saw four horns. 19 I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these?” And he answered me, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” 20 Then the LORD showed me four blacksmiths. 21 And I asked, “What are they coming to do?” He answered, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, so that no head could be raised; but these have come to terrify them, to strike down the horns of the nations that lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people.”


Third Vision: The Man with a Measuring Line

Zechariah 2:1-5


I looked up and saw a man with a measuring line in his hand. 2 Then I asked, “Where are you going?” He answered me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” 3 Then the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him, 4 and said to him, “Run, say to that young man: Jerusalem shall be inhabited like villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and animals in it. 5 For I will be a wall of fire all around it, says the LORD, and I will be the glory within it.”

Fourth Vision: Joshua and Satan

Zechariah 3:1-7


Then he showed me the high priest Joshua standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. 2 And the LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this man a brand plucked from the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was dressed with filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. 4 The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” And to him he said, “See, I have taken your guilt away from you, and I will clothe you with festal apparel.” 5 And I said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with the apparel; and the angel of the LORD was standing by. 6 Then the angel of the LORD assured Joshua, saying 7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you shall rule my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing here.


Fifth Vision: The Lampstand and Olive Trees

Zechariah 4:1-3, 12-14


The angel who talked with me came again, and wakened me, as one is wakened from sleep. 2 He said to me, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl on the top of it; there are seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it. 3 And by it there are two olive trees, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left.”


12 And a second time I said to him, “What are these two branches of the olive trees, which pour out the oila through the two golden pipes?” 13 He said to me, “Do you not know what these are?” I said, “No, my lord.” 14 Then he said, “These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.” 1


Sixth Vision: The Flying Scroll

Zechariah 5:1-4


Again I looked up and saw a flying scroll. 2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a flying scroll; its length is twenty cubits, and its width ten cubits.” 3 Then he said to me, “This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land; for everyone who steals shall be cut off according to the writing on one side, and everyone who swears falsely shall be cut off according to the writing on the other side. 4 I have sent it out, says the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of anyone who swears falsely by my name; and it shall abide in that house and consume it, both timber and stones.”


Seventh Vision: The Woman in a Basket

Zechariah 5:5-11


Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, “Look up and see what this is that is coming out.” 6 I said, “What is it?” He said, “This is a basket coming out.” And he said, “This is their iniquity in all the land.” 7 Then a leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the basket! 8 And he said, “This is Wickedness.” So he thrust her back into the basket, and pressed the leaden weight down on its mouth. 9 Then I looked up and saw two women coming forward. The wind was in their wings; they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and sky. 10 Then I said to the angel who talked with me, “Where are they taking the basket?” 11 He said to me, “To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it; and when this is prepared, they will set the basket down there on its base.”


  1. New Revised Standard Version





Next Book: Malachi




 

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