1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the Word of Jehovah came to
Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
2 Jehovah has been wrathfully angry with your fathers.
3 Therefore say to them, Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: Turn back to Me, says Jehovah of
Hosts, and I will turn back to you, says Jehovah of Hosts.
4 Do not be as your fathers, to whom the former prophets have proclaimed, saying,
Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: Turn back now from your evil ways and your evil doings.
But they did not hear nor heed Me, says Jehovah.
5 Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
6 But My Words and My statutes which I commanded My servants the prophets, did
they not overtake your fathers? And they turned back and said, As Jehovah of Hosts
purposes to do to us, according to our ways and according to our doings, so He has dealt
7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the
second year of Darius, the Word of Jehovah came to Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the
son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
8 I saw by night; and behold, a man riding on a red horse; and he stood among the
myrtle trees in the ravine; and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses.
9 Then I said, My lord, what are these? And the angel who spoke with me said to me, I
will show you what these are.
10 And the man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are those
whom Jehovah has sent to walk to and fro through the earth.
11 And they answered the Angel of Jehovah who stood among the myrtle trees, and said,
We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sits still and is at
12 Then the Angel of Jehovah answered and said, O Jehovah of Hosts, how long will
You not have mercy on Jerusalem, and on the cities of Judah, against which You have
had indignation these seventy years?
13 And Jehovah answered the angel who talked with me with good words, words of
14 So the angel who talked with me said to me, Cry out, saying, Thus says Jehovah of
Hosts: I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion, with a great jealousy.
15 And I am exceedingly angry at the nations at ease; for I was but a little angry, and
they helped further the evil.
16 Therefore Jehovah says this: I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion; My
house shall be built in it, says Jehovah of Hosts, and a line shall be stretched out over
17 Cry out again, saying, Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: My cities shall again overflow
with prosperity, and Jehovah shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
18 Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and, behold, four horns.
19 And I said to 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 And Jehovah showed me four craftsmen.
21 And I said, What are these coming to do? And He spoke, saying, These are the horns
which have scattered Judah, so that no man lifts up his head. But these have come to
terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations who lifted up their horn over the land
of Judah to scatter it.