Zechariah Chapter 6 |
1I looked up again, and I saw: Four chariots were coming out from between the two mountains; the mountains were of copper. 2The horses of the first chariot were bay, the horses of the second chariot were black; 3the horses of the third chariot were white, and the horses of the fourth chariot were spotted—dappled. 4And I spoke up and asked the angel who talked with me: “What are those, my lord?” 5In reply, the angel said to me, “Those are the four winds of heaven coming out after presenting themselves to the Lord of all the earth. 6The one with the black horses is going out to the region of the north; the white ones have gone out to what is to the west of them; the spotted ones have gone out to the region of the south; 7and the dappled ones have gone out. ...” They were ready to start out and range the earth, and he gave them the order, “Start out and range the earth!” And they ranged the earth. 8Then he alerted me, and said to me, “Take good note! Those that went out to the region of the north have done my pleasure in the region of the north.”
9The word of the Lord came to me: 10Receive from the exiled community—from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon—and you, in turn, proceed the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11Take silver and gold and make crowns. Place [one] on the head of High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 12and say to him, “Thus said the Lord of Hosts: Behold, a man called the Branch shall branch out from the place where he is, and he shall build the Temple of the Lord. 13He shall build the Temple of the Lord and shall assume ma- jesty, and he shall sit on his throne and rule. And there shall also be a priest seated on his throne, and harmonious understanding shall prevail between them.”
14The crowns shall remain in the Temple of the Lord as a memorial to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen son of Zephaniah. 15Men from far away shall come and take part in the building of the Temple of the Lord, and you shall know that I have been sent to you by the Lord of Hosts—if only you will obey the Lord your God!