Bible: Zechariah 1:8-17

The Content of the First Vision

1:8 I was attentive that night and saw a man seated 1  on a red horse that stood among some myrtle trees 2  in the ravine. Behind him were red, sorrel, 3  and white horses.

The Interpretation of the First Vision

1:9 Then I asked one nearby, “What are these, sir?” The angelic messenger 4  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 5  on the earth.” 1:11 The riders then agreed with the angel of the Lord, 6  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, 7  how long before you have compassion on Jerusalem 8  and the other cities of Judah which you have been so angry with for these seventy years? 9  1:13 The Lord then addressed good, comforting words to the angelic messenger who was speaking to me. 1:14 Turning to me, the messenger then said, “Cry out that the Lord who rules over all says, ‘I am very much moved 10  for Jerusalem and for Zion. 1:15 But I am greatly displeased with the nations that take my grace for granted. 11  I was a little displeased with them, but they have only made things worse for themselves.

The Oracle of Response

1:16‘Therefore,’ says the Lord, ‘I have become compassionate 12  toward Jerusalem 13  and will rebuild my temple 14  in it,’ says the Lord who rules over all. ‘Once more a surveyor’s measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem.’ 1:17 Speak up again with the message of the Lord who rules over all: ‘My cities will once more overflow with prosperity, and once more the Lord will comfort Zion and validate his choice of Jerusalem.’

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