1Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, (A)four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains.2With the first chariot were (B)red horses, with the second chariot (C)black horses, 3with the third chariot (D)white horses, and with the fourth chariot strong (E)dappled horses. 4Then I spoke and said to the angel who was speaking with me, "(F)What are these, my lord?" 5The angel replied to me, "These are the (G)four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth, 6with one of which the black horses are going forth to the (H)north country; and the white ones go forth after them, while the dappled ones go forth to the (I)south country. 7"When the strong ones went out, they were eager to go to (J)patrol the earth." And He said, "Go, patrol the earth." So they patrolled the earth. 8Then He cried out to me and spoke to me saying, "See, those who are going to the land of the north have (K)appeased My wrath in the land of the north." 9The (L)word of the LORD also came to me, saying, 10"(M)Take an offering from the exiles, from Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah; and you go the same day and enter the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah, where they have arrived from Babylon.
11"Take silver and gold, make an ornate (N)crown and set it on the head of (O)Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.12"Then say to him, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, a man whose name is (P)Branch, for He will (Q)branch out from where He is; and He will (R)build the temple of the LORD. 13"Yes, it is He who will build the temple of the LORD, and He who will (S)bear the honor and sit and (T)rule on His throne Thus, He will be a (U)priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two offices."' 14"Now the (V)crown will become a reminder in the temple of the LORD to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen the son of Zephaniah. 15"(W)Those who are far off will come and build the temple of the LORD " Then you will (X)know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you And it will take place if you completely (Y)obey the LORD your God.
1In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is (Z)Chislev.2Now the town of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regemmelech and their men to (AA)seek the favor of the LORD, 3speaking to the (AB)priests who belong to the house of the LORD of hosts, and to the prophets, saying, "Shall I weep in the (AC)fifth month and abstain, as I have done these many years?" 4Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 5"Say to all the people of the land and to the priests, 'When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh months these (AD)seventy years, was it actually for (AE)Me that you fasted? 6'When you eat and drink, do you not eat for yourselves and do you not drink for yourselves? 7'Are not these the words which the LORD (AF)proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and (AG)prosperous along with its cities around it, and the (AH)Negev and the foothills were inhabited?'" 8Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah saying, 9"Thus has the LORD of hosts said, '(AI)Dispense true justice and practice (AJ)kindness and compassion each to his brother; 10and (AK)do not oppress the widow or the orphan, the stranger or the poor; and do (AL)not devise evil in your hearts against one another.' 11"But they (AM)refused to pay attention and (AN)turned a stubborn shoulder and (AO)stopped their ears from hearing. 12"They made their (AP)hearts like (AQ)flint so that they could not hear the law and the (AR)words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the (AS)former prophets; therefore great (AT)wrath came from the LORD of hosts. 13"And just as (AU)He called and they would not listen, so (AV)they called and I would not listen," says the LORD of hosts; 14"but I (AW)scattered them with a (AX)storm wind among all the nations whom they have not known Thus the land is (AY)desolated behind them so that (AZ)no one went back and forth, for they (BA)made the pleasant land desolate." Cross references:Zechariah 6:1 : Dan 7:3; 8:22; Zech 1:18; 6:5 Zechariah 6:2 : Zech 1:8; Rev 6:4 Zechariah 6:2 : Rev 6:5 Zechariah 6:3 : Rev 6:2 Zechariah 6:3 : Rev 6:8 Zechariah 6:4 : Zech 1:9 Zechariah 6:5 : Jer 49:36; Ezek 37:9; Dan 7:2; 11:4; Matt 24:31; Rev 7:1 Zechariah 6:6 : Jer 1:14, 15; 4:6; 6:1; 25:9; 46:10; Ezek 1:4 Zechariah 6:6 : Is 43:6; Dan 11:5 Zechariah 6:7 : Zech 1:10 Zechariah 6:8 : Ezek 5:13; 24:13; Zech 1:15 Zechariah 6:9 : Zech 1:1; 7:1; 8:1 Zechariah 6:10 : Ezra 7:14-16; 8:26-30; Jer 28:6 Zechariah 6:11 : 2 Sam 12:30; Ps 21:3; Song 3:11 Zechariah 6:11 : Ezra 3:2; Hag 1:1; Zech 3:1 Zechariah 6:12 : Is 4:2; 11:1; Jer 23:5; 33:15; Zech 3:8 Zechariah 6:12 : Is 53:2 Zechariah 6:12 : Ezra 3:8, 10; Amos 9:11; Zech 4:6-9 Zechariah 6:13 : Is 9:6; 11:10; 22:24; 49:5, 6 Zechariah 6:13 : Is 9:7 Zechariah 6:13 : Ps 110:1, 4 Zechariah 6:14 : Zech 6:11 Zechariah 6:15 : Is 56:6-8; 60:10 Zechariah 6:15 : Zech 2:9-11; 4:9 Zechariah 6:15 : Is 58:10-14; Jer 7:23; Zech 3:7 Zechariah 7:1 : Neh 1:1 Zechariah 7:2 : 1 Kin 13:6; Jer 26:19; Zech 8:21 Zechariah 7:3 : Ezra 3:10-12 Zechariah 7:3 : Zech 8:19 Zechariah 7:5 : Zech 1:12 Zechariah 7:5 : Is 1:11, 12; 58:5 Zechariah 7:7 : Is 1:16-20; Jer 7:5, 23; Zech 1:4 Zechariah 7:7 : Jer 22:21 Zechariah 7:7 : Jer 13:19; 32:44 Zechariah 7:9 : Ezek 18:8; 45:9; Zech 8:16 Zechariah 7:9 : 2 Sam 9:7; Job 6:14; Mic 6:8 Zechariah 7:10 : Ex 22:22; Ps 72:4; Jer 7:6 Zechariah 7:10 : Ps 21:11; Mic 2:1; Zech 8:17 Zechariah 7:11 : Jer 5:3; 8:5; 11:10 Zechariah 7:11 : Jer 7:26; 17:23 Zechariah 7:11 : Ps 58:4; Jer 5:21 Zechariah 7:12 : 2 Chr 36:13; Ezek 2:4; 3:7-9 Zechariah 7:12 : Jer 17:1; Ezek 3:9 Zechariah 7:12 : Zech 7:7 Zechariah 7:12 : Neh 9:30 Zechariah 7:12 : 2 Chr 36:16; Dan 9:11, 12 Zechariah 7:13 : Jer 11:10, 14; 14:12 Zechariah 7:13 : Prov 1:24-28; Is 1:15 Zechariah 7:14 : Deut 4:27; 28:64 Zechariah 7:14 : Jer 23:19 Zechariah 7:14 : Jer 44:6 Zechariah 7:14 : Is 60:15 Zechariah 7:14 : Jer 12:10