The Introduction to the Visions
1:7 On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month Shebat, in Darius’ second year, 1 the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berechiah son of Iddo, as follows:
The Content of the First Vision
1:8 I was attentive that night and saw a man seated 2 on a red horse that stood among some myrtle trees 3 in the ravine. Behind him were red, sorrel, 4 and white horses.
The Interpretation of the First Vision
1:9 Then I asked one nearby, “What are these, sir?” The angelic messenger 5 who replied to me said, “I will show you what these are.” 1:10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees spoke up and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to walk about 6 on the earth.” 1:11 The riders then agreed with the angel of the Lord, 7 who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have been walking about on the earth, and now everything is at rest and quiet.” 1:12 The angel of the Lord then asked, “Lord who rules over all, 8 how long before you have compassion on Jerusalem 9 and the other cities of Judah which you have been so angry with for these seventy years?” 10 1:13 The Lord then addressed good, comforting words to the angelic messenger who was speaking to me.