1 Again the Word of Jehovah of Hosts came, saying,
2 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was
jealous for her with great fury.
3 Thus says Jehovah: I have returned to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
And Jerusalem shall be called a City of Truth, and the mountain of Jehovah of Hosts, the
4 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: There shall yet be old men and old women sitting in the
streets of Jerusalem; and each man with his staff in his hand because of great age.
5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
6 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people
in these days, will it also be marvelous in My eyes? says Jehovah of Hosts.
7 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: Behold, I will save My people from the land of the rising
sun and from the land of the sunset.
8 And I will bring them, and they shall live in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be
My people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
9 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: Let your hands become strong, you who hear in these
days these words by the mouth of the prophets, that in the day the foundation of the
house of Jehovah of Hosts is laid, the temple is to be built.
10 For before these days there were no wages for man, nor any payment for animal; and
there was no peace for those who went out or came in because of the enemy. For I sent
every man, a man against his neighbor.
11 But now I will not be to the remnant of this people as in former days, says Jehovah of
12 For there shall be peace for the seed: the vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall
give its fruit, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this
people to possess all these.
13 And it shall come to pass, that as you were a curse among the nations, O house of
Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear; let
your hands become strong.
14 For thus says Jehovah of Hosts, As I purposed to punish you when your fathers provoked Me to wrath, says Jehovah of Hosts, and I did not show compassion,
15 so again I have purposed in these days to do good to Jerusalem, and the house of
Judah. Do not fear.
16 These are the things that you shall do. Every man speak the truth with his neighbor.
Judge truth, justice and peace in your gates,
17 and let none of you devise evil in your heart against his neighbor, and do not love a
false oath. For all these things I hate, says Jehovah.
18 And the Word of Jehovah of Hosts came unto me, saying,
19 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth,
and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be for joy and gladness and
cheerful feasts to the house of Judah. Therefore, love truth and peace.
20 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: There shall yet come people, and the inhabitants of
21 And those living in one city shall go to another, saying, Let us proceed and go make
supplication before Jehovah, and seek Jehovah of Hosts; I will go also.
22 And many people and strong nations shall come to seek Jehovah of Hosts in
Jerusalem, and to make supplication before Jehovah.
23 Thus says Jehovah of Hosts: In those days ten men out of all languages of the nations
shall take hold and grasp the sleeve of a man who is a Jew, saying, Let us go with you,
for we have heard that God is with you.