Zechariah


Zechariah

 

     1[1-6] In the eighth month (Cheshvan, Oct./Nov.), in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the great preacher, saying, “Yahweh was very displeased with your ancestors. So tell them, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, ‘Come back to Me, and I’ll come back to you.’ Don’t be like your ancestors, to whom the former great preachers made known, saying, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, ‘Come back now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings;’ but they did not hear, nor listen to Me, says Yahweh. Where are your ancestors and the great preachers? Do they live forever? But My words and My laws, which I told My workers the great preachers, didn’t they outlast your ancestors?’ Then they repented and said, ‘Just as Yahweh, the God of All Creation, decided to do to us, for our ways, and our doings, so God has done with us.’”

[7-12] On the 24th day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shevat (Jan./Feb.), in the second year of Darius, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the great preacher, saying, “I had a vision in the night, and I saw someone riding on a red horse, who stood among the myrtle trees that were in a valley; and behind the Angel there were red, brown, and white horses. Then I asked, ‘What are these?’” The Angel who talked with me said to me, “I’ll show you what these are.” The one who stood among the myrtle trees answered, “They are the ones Yahweh has sent to go back and forth through the earth.” They told the Angel of Yahweh who stood among the myrtle trees, “We’ve walked back and forth through the earth, and see, all the earth is at rest and in peace.” Then the Angel of Yahweh answered, “O Yahweh, the God of All Creation, how long will you not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which you’ve been angry these seventy years?”

[13-17] Then Yahweh answered the Angel who talked with me with good words of comfort. So the Angel who talked with me said to me, “Make it known, saying, ‘Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. I am very angry with the nations that rest easy; I was only a little bit displeased, but they made it worse.” So Yahweh says, “I’ve come back to Jerusalem with mercy. My house will be built in it,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “and a line will be stretched out over Jerusalem. Make this known also, saying, ‘Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “My cities will again do well and spread out, and Yahweh will again comfort Zion, and choose Jerusalem.”’”

[18-21] Then I lifted my eyes and saw four horns. I asked the Angel who talked with me, “What are these?” The Angel answered, “These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.” Then Yahweh showed me four workers. Then I asked, “What are these coming to do? And God answered, “These are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no one could raise their head; but these have come to make them afraid, and to put an end to the power of the nations, which come against the land of Judah to scatter it.”

2[1-5] Then I lifted my eyes, and saw someone holding a measuring line. I asked, “Where are you going?” The Angel answered, “To measure Jerusalem, to see how wide and how long it’s.” Then the Angel who talked with me went on, and met another Angel, saying, “Run, speak to this youngster, saying, ‘Jerusalem will be settled as towns without walls of defense, because of the many people and animals in it. Yahweh says, ‘I will be a wall of fire around it, and I’ll be well known within it.

[6-10] Come! Come! Run from the land of the north,’ says Yahweh; ‘for I’ve spread you out as the four winds of the sky,’ says Yahweh. ‘Come, Zion! Escape, you who live in the towns of Babylon.’ Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, ‘For My honor I have sent you to the nations which stole what was yours; for whoever touches you, touches the apple of My eye.’ See, I’ll shake My hand over them, and they’ll be a reward to those who served them; and you’ll know that Yahweh, the God of All Creation, has sent Me. Sing and Celebrate, towns of Zion; See, I come, and I’ll live with you,’ says Yahweh.

[11-13] Many nations will join themselves to Yahweh in that day, and will be My people; and I’ll live with you, and you’ll know that Yahweh, the God of All Creation, has sent Me to you. Yahweh’s part will be Judah in the holy land, and God will again choose Jerusalem. Be quiet, everyone, before Yahweh; You, who have come from Your holy place!”

3[1-5] The Angel showed me Joshua, the high priest, standing before the Angel of Yahweh, and Satan standing on the right as an enemy. Then Yahweh said to Satan, “I, Yahweh reject you, Satan! Yes, Yahweh who has chosen Jerusalem, do reject you! Isn’t this a burning stick plucked out of the fire?” Now Joshua was clothed in filthy clothes, and was standing before the Angel. The Angel answered and spoke to those who stood there, saying, “Take the filthy clothes off of him.” To him the Angel said, “See, I’ve caused your sin to pass from you, and I’ll give you a change of clothes.” I said, “Let them set a clean hat on his head.” So they set a clean hat on his head, and clothed him; and the Angel of Yahweh was standing by.

[6-10] The Angel of Yahweh spoke again to Joshua, saying, “Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, ‘If you’ll walk in My ways, and if you’ll do what I say, then you’ll also judge My people, and keep My courts, and I’ll give you the right to come among these who stand here. Hear now, Joshua the high priest, you and those who sit with you; for they’re a sign to the people. See, I’ll send My Angel, the Branch. See, the stone that I’ve set before Joshua has seven eyes. See, I’ll write its words on it,’ says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, ‘and I’ll take away the sin of that land in one day. In that day,’ says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, ‘you’ll invite all your neighbors to join you in your garden.’”

4[1-4] The Angel who talked with me came again, and woke me up, as someone who is awoken out of sleep. The Angel said to me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a candlestick all of gold, with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it; there are seven pipes to each of the lamps, which are on the top of it; and two olive trees by it, one on the right side and the other on the left side of the bowl.” I answered the Angel who talked with me, saying, “What are these?”

[5-7] Then the Angel who talked with me asked me, “Don’t you know what these are?” and I said, “No.” Then the Angel answered me, saying, “This is the word of Yahweh to Zerubbabel, saying, ‘Not by strength, nor by force, but by My Spirit,’ says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. Who are you, great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you are a field; and the Angel will bring out the cornerstone with shouts of ‘Grace, grace, to it!’”

[8-10] The word of Yahweh came to me again, saying, “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house. His hands will also finish it; and you’ll know that Yahweh, the God of All Creation, has sent Me to you. Who hates the day of small things? For these seven will celebrate, and will see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel. These are the eyes of Yahweh, which look back and forth through the whole earth.”

[11-14] Then I asked, “What are these two olive trees on the right and left side of the candlestick?” And I asked the second time, “What are these two olive branches, which are beside the two golden spouts that pour the golden oil out of themselves?” The Angel asked me, “Don’t you know what these are?” and I said, “No.” Then the Angel said, “These are the two chosen ones who stand with the God of the whole earth.”

5[1-4] Then I lifted my eyes, and saw a scroll flying through the air. The Angel said to me, “What do you see?” I answered, “I see a scroll flying through the air that’s 30 feet long, and 15 feet wide.” Then the Angel said to me, “This is the punishment that goes out over the face of the whole land; and everyone who steals or swears falsely will be punished by what it says. I’ll cause it to go out,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “and it’ll enter into the house of whoever steals, and whoever make a false promise by My name; and it’ll stay there, and destroy that house down to its timbers and stones.”

[5-8] Then the Angel who talked with me came forward, and said to me, “Lift your eyes, and see what this is that’s coming.” I said, “What is it?” The Angel said, “This is a large basket that’s coming.” The Angel said also, “This is what they look like in all the land (and then, a top of lead was lifted off it); and this is a woman sitting in the basket.” The Angel said, “This is Evil;” and the Angel threw it down into the basket; and threw the top of lead on its mouth.

[9-11] Then I lifted my eyes and saw two women, and they flapped their wings in the wind. They had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted the basket into the sky. Then I said to the Angel who talked with me, “Where are they carrying the basket?” The Angel said to me, “To build it a house in the land of Babylon. At the right time, it’ll be put there in its own place.”

6[1-3] Again I lifted my eyes, and saw that four vehicles came out from between two mountain-like objects; and they were made of steel. The first vehicle had red horses; the second had black horses; the third had white horses; and the fourth had dappled and bay horses, all of them very strong.

[4-8] Then I asked the Angel who talked with me, “What are these?” The Angel answered me, “These are the four winds of the sky, which go from the presence of the God of all the earth. The one with the black horses goes toward the north country; and the white went out after them to the west; and the dappled went toward the south country.” The strong ones went out to the east, and asked to go so that they could walk back and forth through the earth and the Angel said, “Go through all the earth!” So they walked back and forth through the whole earth. Then the Angel called to me, and said, “See, those who go toward the north country have calmed My Spirit in the north country.”

[9-13] The Word of Yahweh came to me, saying, “Take some of them who were captured, Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah; and come the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah, where they have come from Babylon. Take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest; and speak to him, saying, ‘Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, See, the One whose name is the Branch, will grow up at home; and will build up the Place of Worship of Yahweh; This is the One who’ll build up the Place of Worship of Yahweh; and take the Name of God, and sit and rule on the throne of God; and be a priest on the throne; and they’ll have an agreement of peace between them.

[14-15] The crowns will be for Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the Place of Worship of Yahweh. Those who are far off will come and build in the Place of Worship of Yahweh; and you’ll know that Yahweh, the God of All Creation, has sent me to you. This will happen, if you’ll carefully obey the voice of Yahweh your God.”

7[1-3] In the fourth year of Darius, the ruler, the word of Yahweh came to Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, the month of Kislev (Nov./Dec.). The people of Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem Melech, and their people, to ask Yahweh’s blessing, and to speak to the priests of the house of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, and to the great preachers, saying, “Should I cry in the fifth month (Av, Jul./Aug.), separating myself, as I’ve done these so many years?”

[4-7] Then the word of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, came to Me, saying, “Speak to all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month (Av, Jul./Aug.)  and in the seventh month (Tishri, Sept./Oct.) for these seventy years, did you at all fast to Me, really to Me? When you eat, and when you drink, don’t you eat for yourselves, and drink for yourselves? Aren’t these the words which Yahweh made known by the former great preachers, when Jerusalem was full of people and doing well, with its towns all around it, the south and the lowland full of people?’”

[8-13] The word of Yahweh came to Zechariah, saying, “Yahweh, the God of All Creation, has spoken, saying, ‘Make true judgments, and show kindness and compassion to everyone. Don’t abuse the widow, the fatherless, the foreigner, or the poor; and let none of you plan evil against another in your heart.’ But they wouldn’t listen, and turned their backs, and stopped their ears, so that they wouldn’t hear. Yes, they made their hearts as hard as stone, so they wouldn’t hear the law, and the words which Yahweh, the God of All Creation, had sent by the Holy Spirit by the former great preachers. So great anger came from Yahweh, the God of All Creation. As the Angel called, and they refused to listen, so they’ll call, and I won’t listen,” said Yahweh, the God of All Creation; “but I’ll scatter them as with a hurricane among all the nations which they haven’t known. So the land was ruined after them, so that no one passed through, nor came back, because they had ruined the beautiful land.”

8[1-5] The word of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, came to me. Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great anger.” Yahweh says, “I’ve come back to Zion, and will live within Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be called ‘The Town of Truth;’ and the mountain of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, ‘The Holy Mountain.’” Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “Old people will again live in the streets of Jerusalem, every one holding a walking stick in their hand for their very age. The town will be full of children playing in its streets.”

[6-9] Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “If it’s wonderful in the eyes of those who are left of this people in those days, shouldn’t it also be wonderful in My eyes?” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “See, I’ll save My people from the east and the west; and I’ll bring them home, and they’ll live in Jerusalem; and they’ll be My people, and I’ll be their God, in truth and in goodness.” Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “Be strong, you who hear in these days these words from the mouth of the great preachers, who lived in the day that the foundation of the house of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, was laid, even the Place of Worship, that it was built strong.

[10-13] Before those days, there wasn’t any wages for anyone, nor any wages for an animal; nor was there any peace to those who went out or came in, because of the enemy. For I set all people against one another. But now I won’t be to those left of this people as in those days,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “The seed will grow and do well, and the vine will give its fruit, and the ground will give what it grows, and the skies will give its dew; and I’ll cause those left of this people to have all these things. As you were punished among the nations, house of Judah and Israel, so I’ll save you, and you’ll be blessed. So, don’t be afraid. Be strong.”

[14-17] Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “As I thought to do evil to you, when your ancestors made Me angry,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, “and I didn’t repent; so again I’ve thought in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. So, don’t be afraid. Now, everyone should speak truth to each other. Judge truthfully and keep the peace in your town, and let none of you plan evil in your hearts against anyone else, and don’t make any false promises.  I hate all these things,” says Yahweh.

[18-23] The word of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, came to me, again. Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth months will be for the house of Judah to celebrate their celebrations with happiness. So love truth and peace.” Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “Many peoples, and the people of many towns will yet come; and the people of one will go to another, saying, ‘Let’s go quickly to ask blessings of Yahweh, and to find Yahweh, the God of All Creation. I’ll go, too.’ Yes, many peoples and strong nations will come to find Yahweh, the God of All Creation, in Jerusalem, and to ask blessings of Yahweh.” Yahweh, the God of All Creation, says, “In those days, ten people will take hold, out of all the peoples of the nations, they’ll take hold of the clothes of those who are Jews, saying, ‘We’ll go with you, because we’ve heard that God is with you.’”

9[1-4] A vision. “The word of Yahweh is against the land of Hadrach (Lebanon), and will rest upon Damascus (Syria); when the people and all the families of Israel look to Yahweh; and Hamath (Syria), also, which borders on it; Tyre and Sidon, because they are very wise. Tyre built a strong place, and piled up silver like the dust, and fine gold like the mud of the streets. But God will disown it, and will destroy its power in the sea; and burn it with fire.

[5-8] Ashkelon will see it, and fear; Gaza also will shake in fear; as will Ekron, whose hope will be disappointed; and the ruler of Gaza will die, and Ashkelon will have no one left. Foreigners will live in Ashdod, and I’ll cut off the pride of the Philistines. I’ll take away their wine out of their mouths, and their evil things from between their teeth; and those who are left will be for our God; and as a friend in Judah, and Ekron as a friend in Jerusalem. I’ll encamp around My house against the army, that none go out or come in; and no one will pass through them any more to abuse them! And I’ll be happy to do this.

[9-12] Celebrate greatly, city of Zion! Shout, city of Jerusalem! See, your Ruler comes to you; good, and saving many people; poor, and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey. I’ll destroy the war vehicles from Ephraim, and the horses from Jerusalem; and the weapons will be destroyed; and I’ll speak peace to the nations, and will rule from sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth. As for you also, because of the blood of your promised agreement, I’ve set free your prisoners from the pit of Hell. Turn to the strong place, you prisoners of hope! Even today I tell you that I’ll give you back twice as much as you had before.

[13-17] Without a doubt, I’ll make Judah My weapon of choice and Ephraim will help; and I’ll stir up your people, Zion (Jerusalem), against your people, Greece, and will make you like the weapon of a strong one. Yahweh will be seen over them; who will flash like lightning; and Yahweh God will blow the trumpet, and will go with the hurricanes of the south. Yahweh, the God of All Creation, will defend them; and they’ll destroy and overcome with their weapons; and they’ll drink, and roar like those who are drunk; and they’ll be filled like bowls, like the corners of the altar. Yahweh, their God will save and protect them in that day; for they are like the jewels of My crown, lifted on high over My land.” How great is Your goodness, and how great is Your beauty! The grain will make the young men do well, and new wine the young girls.

10[1-3] “Ask Yahweh for rain in the spring time, Yahweh who makes the storm clouds, and gives rain showers to everyone for the plants in the field. The false gods are evil, and the fortune tellers have seen what isn’t true; and have told false dreams. They comfort for nothing. So they go on like animals. They are troubled, because there is no one to guide them. I am angry at the teachers, and I’ll punish the leaders; For I, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, has visited My people, the house of Judah, and will make them as My best warhorse, which I am very proud of.

[4-7] From Me will come the cornerstone, from Me, the nail, from Me, the weapon, from Me, every ruler together. They’ll be as strong people, stomping down the muddy streets in the war; and they’ll fight, because I, Yahweh, am with them; and their enemies will be confused. I’ll strengthen the house of Judah, and I’ll save the house of Joseph, and I’ll bring them back; for I have mercy on them; and they’ll be as though I hadn’t thrown them away for I am Yahweh, their God, and I’ll hear them. Ephraim will be like a strong one, and their heart will celebrate as by wine; yes, their children will see it, and celebrate. Their heart will be happy in Yahweh.

[8-12] I’ll signal for them, and gather them together; for I’ve bought them back; and they’ll grow as many as they were before. I’ll plant them among the peoples; and they’ll remember Me in the far countries; and they’ll raise their children, and come back. I’ll bring them out of the land of Egypt again, and gather them out of Assyria also; and I’ll bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and there won’t be room enough for all of them. They’ll pass through the sea of troubles, and be wounded by the waves of the sea, and the deepest parts of the Nile River will dry up; and the pride of Assyria will be brought down, and Egypt will lose its power. I’ll strengthen their faith in Me; and they’ll walk in the Name of God,” says Yahweh.

11[1-6] Open your doors, Lebanon, that the fire may burn your cedars. Cry, fir tree, for the cedar has fallen, because the strong ones are destroyed. Cry, you oaks of Bashan, for the strongest forest has come down. Listen to the sound of the crying of the leaders! For their fame is destroyed. Listen to the sound of the roaring of the young lions! For the pride of the Jordan is ruined. Yahweh My God said, “Feed the flock waiting to be killed. Their owners kill them, and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be Yahweh, for I am rich;’ and their own leaders don’t even feel sorry for them. So I won’t be sorry for the people of the land,” says Yahweh; “but I’ll hand the people over to one another, and to their rulers. They’ll destroy the land, and I won’t save them.”

[7-12] So I fed the flock waiting to be killed, especially the poor and weak of the flock. I took for myself two walking sticks. The one I called “Blessing,” and the other I called “Bond,” and I fed the flock. I cut off three leaders in one month; for My soul was tired of them, and they also hated Me. Then I said, “I won’t feed you. That which dies, let it die; and that which is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed; and let those who are left eat each other’s meat.” I took My walking stick “Blessing”, and cut it in half, to show that God breaks the promised agreement made with all the peoples. It was broken in that day; and so the poor of the flock that listened to me knew that it was the Word of Yahweh. I said to them, “If you think it best, give me my wages; and if not, keep them.” So they counted out my price to thirty silver dollars.

[13-17] Yahweh said to Me, “Throw it to the potter, the great price that I was valued at by them!” So I took the thirty silver dollars, and threw it to the potter, in the house of Yahweh. Then I cut in half my other walking stick, “Bond”, to show that

God breaks the bond between Judah and Israel. Yahweh said to me, “Take for yourself yet again the stuff of a worthless guide. See, I’ll raise up a leader in the land, who will not visit those who are dying, nor will find those who are scattered, nor heal those who are sick, nor feed that which is healthy; but will eat the meat of the best animals, and will tear them in pieces. Sorrow will come to the worthless guide who leaves the flock! His arm will be wounded, and his right eye. His arm will fail completely, and his right eye will be totally blinded!”

12[1-3] A vision. The word of Yahweh about Israel. Yahweh, who stretches out the skies, and lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of one within them says, “See, I’ll make Jerusalem a door of trouble to all the surrounding peoples, and Judah will also come against Jerusalem. In that day, I’ll make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who trouble themselves with it, will be destroyed, and all the nations of the earth will be gathered together against it.

[4-7] In that day,” says Yahweh, “I’ll send fear on every horse, and their riders will go crazy; and I’ll open My eyes on the house of Judah, and will send blindness on all the horses of the peoples. The leaders of Judah will say in their heart, ‘The people of Jerusalem are our strength in Yahweh, the God of All Creation, their God.’ In that day I’ll make the leaders of Judah like a pan of fire among wood, and like a flaming torch among bunches of hay; and they’ll burn all the surrounding peoples, on the right hand and on the left; and the people of Jerusalem will yet again live in their own place, in the very city of Jerusalem. Yahweh also will save the people of Judah first, that the fame of the house of David and the fame of the people of Jerusalem won’t be greater than that of Judah.

[8-14] In that day Yahweh will defend the people of Jerusalem. The one who is weak among them at that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the Angel of Yahweh before them. In that day, I’ll destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. I’ll pour on the house of David, and on the people of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of prayer; and they’ll look to Me whom they have pierced; and they’ll mourn for Me, as one mourns for an only child, and will grieve bitterly for Me, as one grieves for a firstborn child. In that day there will be a great mourning in Jerusalem, like the mourning of Hadad Rimmon in the valley of Armageddon. The land will mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their women apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their women apart; the family of the house of Levi apart, and their women apart; the family of the Shimeites apart, and their women apart; all the families who are left, every family apart, and their women apart.

13[1-3] “In that day there will be a spring opened to the house of David, and to the people of Jerusalem, for sin and for unfitness. In that day, says Yahweh, the God of All Creation, I’ll cut off the names of the false gods out of the land, and they won’t be remembered any more; and also I’ll cause the great preachers and the evil spirits to go out of the land. If anyone still speaks in the Name of God, then their parents who had them will tell them, ‘You must die, because you speak lies in the Name of Yahweh;’ and their parents will kill them when they speak in the Name of God.

[4-7] In that day, the great preachers will each be ashamed of their vision, when they speak in the Name of God; nor will they wear preacher’s clothes to spread lies, but will say, ‘I am no great preacher, I am a farmer; I’ve been a hard worker from My youth.’ People will ask Me, ‘What are these wounds in your hands?’ Then I’ll answer, ‘I was wounded with these in the house of My friends.’ “Awake, blade, against My Guide, and against the One who is always with Me,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation. “Hurt the Guide, and those who follow will be scattered; and I’ll turn My hand against the little ones.

[8-9] Yahweh says, “Two thirds in all the land will be cut off and die; but one third will be left in it. I’ll bring the third part into the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will test them like gold is tested. They’ll call on My name, and I’ll hear them. I’ll say, ‘It’s My people;’ and they’ll say, ‘Yahweh is my God.’”

14[1-3] See, a day of Yahweh comes, when everything you have will be taken from you right before your eyes. For I’ll gather all nations against Jerusalem to war; and the town will be taken, the houses broken into, and the women raped. Half of the town will be taken prisoner, but the rest of the people won’t be taken from the town. Then Yahweh will go out and fight against those nations, as when God fought in the day of war.

[4-5] God’s feet will stand in that day on the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in two, from east to west, making a very great valley. Half of the mountain will move toward the north, and half of it toward the south. You’ll escape through the valley between the mountains; for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you’ll run, just like you ran from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah ruler of Judah. You, Yahweh My God, will come, along with all the holy ones.

[6-11] In that day, there won’t be light, cold, or frost. It’ll be a day different from any other, which is only known to Yahweh; not day, and not night; but at evening time there will be light. In that day, living waters will flow out from Jerusalem; half toward the eastern sea, and half toward the western sea; in summer and in winter it’ll flow. Yahweh God will be Ruler over all the earth. In that day Yahweh will be One, God’s Name One. All the land will be made like the Arabah, from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem; and will be lifted up, and peopled in its place, from Benjamin’s gate to the place of the first gate, to the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananel to the ruler’s winepresses. People will live in it, and there will be no more punishment; but Jerusalem will live in safety.

[12-15] This is how Yahweh will punish all the peoples who have fought against Jerusalem: their meat will fall from their bones while they stand on their feet, and their eyes will melt in their sockets, and their tongue will melt away in their mouth. In that day, Yahweh will start a great panic among them; and everyone will grab their neighbor, and fight them. Judah also will fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the surrounding nations will be gathered together, a great amount of gold, silver, and clothing. This will also happen to the horse, mule, camel, and donkey, and to all the animals that will be in those camps, just as it happens to the people.

[16-21] It’ll happen that everyone who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the Ruler, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, and to keep the celebration of tents. And whoever of all the families of the earth won’t go up to Jerusalem to worship the Ruler, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, won’t get any rain. If the family of Egypt doesn’t go up, and doesn’t come, it won’t rain on their land. This will be the trouble that Yahweh will hurt the nations with that don’t go up to keep the celebration of tents. This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations that don’t go up to keep the celebration of tents. In that day there will be on the bells of the horses, “HOLY TO YAHWEH;” and the pots in Yahweh’s house will be like the bowls before the altar. Yes, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah will be holy to Yahweh, the God of All Creation; and all those who sacrifice will come and take of them, and cook in them. In that day there won’t be anyone selling anything in the house of Yahweh, the God of All Creation, ever again.

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