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Eighth night vision

I looked up again
    and saw four chariots coming out from between two mountains;
            the mountains were made of bronze.
        The first chariot had red horses,
        and the second chariot had black horses.
        The third chariot had white horses,
        and the fourth chariot had horses that were heavily spotted.
I responded and said to the messenger speaking with me,
    “What are these, sir?”
The messenger answered and said to me,
    “These are the four winds of heaven that are going out
        after presenting themselves to the Lord of all the earth.
The one with the black horses is going to the north country;
        the white ones are going to the west;[a]
        and the spotted ones are going south.”
Then the powerful ones approached, intent on going to patrol the earth.
He said, “Go! Patrol the earth!”
    So they patrolled the earth.
Then he called out and said to me,
    “Look, the ones going north have provided rest for my spirit in the north.”

The Lord’s word came to me:
10     Take silver and gold[b] from the exiles who came from Babylon,
        from Heldai, from Tobijah, and from Jedaiah.
        As for you, go that same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah.
11     Take silver and gold and make a crown.[c]
        Place it on the head of the high priest Joshua, Jehozadak’s son.
12 Say to him,
    “The Lord of heavenly forces proclaims:
        Here is a man.
        His name is Branch, and he will branch out from his place;
            he will build the Lord’s temple.
13         He will build the Lord’s temple.
        He will be majestic;
            he will sit and rule on his throne.
        There will be a priest on his throne,
            and the two of them will share a peaceable plan.
14         The crown will be a memorial in the Lord’s temple
            for Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and for Hen, Zephaniah’s son.
15                 People from far away will come and build the Lord’s temple
                so you might know that the Lord of heavenly forces has sent me to you.
        It will happen if you truly obey the voice of the Lord your God.”

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 6:6 Or after them
  2. Zechariah 6:10 Heb lacks silver and gold; cf 6:11.
  3. Zechariah 6:11 LXX; Heb crowns, so also 6:14

Four Chariots

I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots(A) coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze. The first chariot had red horses, the second black,(B) the third white,(C) and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful. I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these, my lord?”

The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits[a](D) of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world.(E) The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west,[b] and the one with the dappled horses toward the south.”

When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the earth.(F) And he said, “Go throughout the earth!” So they went throughout the earth.

Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit[c] rest(G) in the land of the north.”(H)

A Crown for Joshua

The word of the Lord came to me: 10 “Take silver and gold from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon.(I) Go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11 Take the silver and gold and make a crown,(J) and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua(K) son of Jozadak.[d](L) 12 Tell him this is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch,(M) and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the Lord.(N) 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[e] will be a priest(O) on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.’ 14 The crown will be given to Heldai,[f] Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen[g] son of Zephaniah as a memorial(P) in the temple of the Lord. 15 Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the Lord,(Q) and you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.(R) This will happen if you diligently obey(S) the Lord your God.”

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 6:5 Or winds
  2. Zechariah 6:6 Or horses after them
  3. Zechariah 6:8 Or spirit
  4. Zechariah 6:11 Hebrew Jehozadak, a variant of Jozadak
  5. Zechariah 6:13 Or there
  6. Zechariah 6:14 Syriac; Hebrew Helem
  7. Zechariah 6:14 Or and the gracious one, the

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