Chapter One

  1. IN THE EIGHTH MONTH, in the sec­ond year of Da-‍ri‍′‍-‍us, came the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ un­to Zech-‍a-‍ri‍′‍-‍ah, the son of Ber-‍e-‍chi‍′‍-‍ah, the son of Id‍′‍-‍do the prophet, saying,
  2. The ⟨Lord⟩ hath been sore dis­pleased with your fathers.
  3. Therefore say thou un­to them, Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Turn ye un­to me, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, and I will turn un­to you, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  4. Be ye not as your fa­thers, un­to whom the form­er proph­ets have cried, say­ing, Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil do­ings: but they did not hear, nor heark­en un­to me, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  5. Your fa­thers, where are they? and the proph­ets, do they live for ever?
  6. But my words and my stat­utes, which I com­mand­ed my serv­ants the proph­ets, did they not take hold of your fa­thers? and they re­turned and said, Like as the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts thought to do un­to us, ac­cord­ing to our ways, and ac­cord­ing to our do­ings, so hath he dealt with us.
  7. Upon the four and twen­ti­eth day of the el­ev­enth month, which is the month (of) Se‍′‍-‍bat, in the sec­ond year of Da-‍ri‍′‍-‍us, came the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ un­to Zech-‍a-‍ri‍′‍-‍ah, the son of Ber-‍e-‍chi‍′‍-‍ah, the son of Id‍′‍-‍do the proph­et, saying,
  8. I saw by night, and be­hold a man rid­ing up­on a red horse, and he stood among the myr­tle trees that were in the bot­tom; and be­hind him were there red hors­es, speck­led, and white.
  9. Then said I, O‍ ‍my lord, what are these? And the an­gel that talked with me said un­to me, I will shew thee what these be.
  10. And the man that stood among the myr­tle trees an­swered and said, these are they whom the ⟨Lord⟩ hath sent to walk to and from through the earth.
  11. And they an­swered the an­gel of the ⟨Lord⟩ that stood among the myr­tle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, be­hold, all the earth sit­teth still, and is at rest.
  12. Then the an­gel of the ⟨Lord⟩ an­swered and said, O‍ ‍⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mer­cy on Je­ru­sa­lem and on the cit­ies of Ju­dah, against which thou hast had in­dig­na­tion these three­score and ten years‍.[70]
  13. And the ⟨Lord⟩ an­swered the an­gel that talked with me with good words and com­fort­a­ble words.
  14. So the an­gel that com­muned with me said un­to me, Cry thou, say­ing, Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; I am jeal­ous for Je­ru­sa­lem and for Zion with a great jealousy.
  15. And I am very sore dis­pleased with the heath­en that are at ease: for I was but a lit­tle dis­pleased, and they helped for­ward the affliction.
  16. Therefore thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩; I am re­turned to Je­ru­sa­lem with mer­cies: my house shall be built in it, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth up­on Jerusalem.
  17. Cry yet, say­ing, Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; My cit­ies through pros­per­i­ty shall yet be spread abroad; and the ⟨Lord⟩ shall yet com­fort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
  18. Then lift­ed I up mine eyes, and saw, and be­hold four horns.
  19. And I said un­to the an­gel that talked with me, What be these? And he an­swered me, These are the horns which have scat­tered Ju­dah, Is­ra­el, and Jerusalem.
  20. And the ⟨Lord⟩ shewed me four‍ ‍carpenters.
  21. Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, say­ing, These are the horns which have scat­tered Ju­dah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray(sic)‌them, to cast out the horns of the Gen­tiles, which lift­ed up their horn over the land of Ju­dah to scat­ter it.
Chapter Two
  1. I  LIFTED UP MINE EYES again, and looked, and be­hold a man with a meas­ur­ing line in his hand.
  2. Then said I, Whith­er go­est thou? And he said un­to me, To meas­ure Je­ru­sa­lem, to see what is the breadth there­of, and what is the length thereof.
  3. And, be­hold, the an­gel that talked with me went forth, and an­oth­er an­gel went out to meet him.
  4. And said un­to him, Run, speak to this young man, say­ing, Je­ru­sa­lem shall be in­hab­it­ed as towns with­out walls for the mul­ti­tude of men and cat­tle therein:
  5. For I, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩, will be un­to her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glo­ry in the midst of her.
  6. Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the (first) heav­en, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  7. Deliver thy­self, O‍ ‍Zion, that dwell­est with the daugh­ter of Babylon.
  8. For thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Af­ter the glo­ry hath he sent me un­to the na­tions which spoiled you: for he that touch­eth you touch­eth the ap­ple of his eye.
  9. For, be­hold, I will shake mine hand up­on them, and they shall be a‍ ‍spoil to their serv­ants: and ye shall know that the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts hath sent me.
  10. Sing and re­joice, O‍ ‍daugh­ter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  11. And ma­ny na­tions shall be joined to the ⟨Lord⟩ in that day, and shall be my peo­ple: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts hath sent me un­to thee.
  12. And the ⟨Lord⟩ shall in­her­it Ju­dah his por­tion in the holy land, and shall choose Je­ru­sa­lem again.
  13. Be si­lent, O‍ ‍all flesh, be­fore the ⟨Lord⟩: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.
Chapter Three
  1. AND HE SHEWED MEJosh­ua the high priest stand­ing be­fore the an­gel of the ⟨Lord⟩, and Sa­tan stand­ing at his right hand to re­sist him.
  2. And the ⟨Lord⟩ said un­to Sa­tan, The ⟨Lord⟩ re­buke thee; O‍ ‍Sa­tan; even the ⟨Lord⟩ that hath cho­sen Je­ru­sa­lem re­buke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
  3. Now Josh­u­a was clothed with fil­thy gar­ments, and stood be­fore the angel.
  4. And he an­swered and spake un­to those that stood be­fore him, say­ing, Take away the fil­thy gar­ments from him. And un­to him he said, Be­hold, I have caused thine in­iq­ui­ty to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of‍ ‍raiment.
  5. And I said, Let them set a fair mi­tre up­on his head. So they set a fair mi­tre up­on his head, and clothed him with gar­ments. And the an­gel of the ⟨Lord⟩ stood by.
  6. And the an­gel of the ⟨Lord⟩pro­test­ed un­toJosh­u­a, saying,
  7. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my charge, then thou shalt al­so judge my house, and shalt al­so keep my courts, and I will give thee plac­es to walk among these that stand by.
  8. Hear now, O‍ ‍Josh­u­a the high priest, thou, and thy fel­lows that sit be­fore thee: for they are men won­dered at: for, be­hold, I will bring forth my serv­ant the BRANCH.
  9. For be­hold the stone that I have laid be­fore Josh­u­a; up­on one stone shall be sev­en eyes: be­hold, I will en­grave the grav­ing there­of, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, and I will re­move the in­iq­ui­ty of that land in one day.
  10. In that day, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, shall ye call ev­ery man his neigh­bour un­der the vine and un­der the fig tree.
Chapter Four
  1. AND THE ANGEL THAT talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wak­ened out of his sleep.
  2. And he said un­to me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and be­hold a can­dle­stick all of gold, with a bowl up­on the top of it, and his sev­en lamps there­on, and sev­en pipes to the sev­en lamps, which are up­on the top thereof:
  3. And two ol­ive trees by it, one up­on the right side of the bowl, and the oth­er up­on the left side thereof.
  4. So I an­swered and spake to the an­gel that talked with me, say­ing, What are these, my lord?
  5. Then the an­gel that talked with me an­swered and said un­to me, Know­est thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
  6. Then he an­swered and spake un­to me, say­ing, This is the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ un­to Ze-‍rub‍′‍-‍ba-‍bel, say­ing, Not by might, nor by pow­er, but by my spir­it, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  7. Who art thou, O‍ ‍great moun­tain? be­fore Ze-‍rub‍′‍-‍ba-‍bel thou shalt be­come a plain: and he shall bring forth the head­stone there­of with shout­ings, cry­ing, Grace,grace un­to it.
  8. Moreover the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ came un­to me, saying,
  9. The hands of Ze-‍rub‍′‍-‍ba-‍bel have laid the foun­da­tion of this house; his hands shall al­so fin­ish it; and thou shalt know that the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts hath sent me un­to you.
  10. For who hath de­spised the day of small things? for they shall re­joice, and shall see the plum­met in the hand of Ze-‍rub‍′‍-‍ba-‍bel with those sev­en; they are the eyes of the ⟨Lord⟩, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
  11. Then an­swered I, and said un­to him, What are these two ol­ive trees up­on the right side of the can­dle­stick and up­on the left side thereof?
  12. And I an­swered again, and said un­to him, What be these two ol­ive branch­es which through the two gold­en pipes emp­ty the gold­en oil out of themselves?
  13. And he an­swered me and said, Know­est thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
  14. Then said he, These are the two anoint­ed ones, that stand by the ⟨Lord⟩ of the whole earth.‍ ‍(See:‍ ‍Revelation‍ ‍11:3-‍13)
Chapter Five
  1. THEN I TURNED, and lift­ed up mine eyes, and looked, and be­hold a fly­ing roll.
  2. And he said un­to me, What seest thou? And I an­swered, I see a fly­ing roll; the length there­of is‍ ‍twen­ty cu­bits, and the breadth there­of ten cubits.
  3. Then said he un­to me, This is the curse that go­eth forth over the face of the whole earth: for ev­ery one that steal­eth shall be cut off as on that side ac­cord­ing to it.
  4. I will bring it forth, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, and it shall en­ter in­to the house of the thief, and in­to the house of him that swear­eth false­ly by my name: and it shall re­main in the midst of his house, and shall con­sume it with the tim­ber there­of and the stones thereof.
  5. Then the an­gel that talked with me went forth, and said un­to me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that go­eth forth.
  6. And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an‍ ‍e‍′‍-‍phah that go­eth forth. He said more­over, This is their re­sem­blance through all the earth.
  7. And, be­hold, there was lift­ed up a‍ ‍tal­ent of lead: and this is a wom­an that sit­teth in the midst of the‍ ‍e‍′‍-‍phah.
  8. And he said, This is‍ ‍wick­ed­ness. And he cast it in­to the midst of the‍ ‍e‍′‍-‍phah; and he cast the weight of lead up­on the mouth thereof.
  9. Then lift­ed I up mine eyes, and looked, and, be­hold, there came out two wom­en, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lift­ed up the e‍′‍-‍phah be­tween the earth and the (first)‍ ‍heaven.
  10. Then said I to the an­gel that talked with me, Whith­er do these bear the‍ ‍e‍′‍-‍phah?
  11. And he said un­to me, To build it an house in the land of Shi‍′‍-‍nar: and it shall be es­tab­lished, and set there up­on her own base.
Chapter Six
  1. AND I TURNED, and lift­ed up mine eyes, and looked, and, be­hold, there came four char­i­ots out from be­tween two moun­tains; and the moun­tains were moun­tains of brass.
  2. In the (front of the) first char­i­ot were red hors­es; and in the (front of the) sec­ond char­i­ot black horses;
  3. And in the (front of the) third char­i­ot white hors­es; and in the (front of the) the fourth char­i­ot gri­sled and bay horses.
  4. Then I an­swered and said un­to the an­gel that talked with me, What are these my lord?
  5. And the an­gel an­swered and said un­to me, These are the four spir­its of the (sec­ond & third) heav­ens, which go forth from stand­ing be­fore the ⟨Lord⟩ of all the earth.
  6. The black hors­es which are there­in go forth in­to the north coun­try; and the white go forth af­ter them; and the gri­sled go forth to­ward the south country.
  7. And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.
  8. Then cried he up­on me, and spake un­to me, say­ing, Be­hold, these that go to­ward the north coun­try have qui­et­ed my spir­it in the north country.
  9. And the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ came un­to me, saying,
  10. Take of them of the cap­tiv­ity, even of Hel‍′‍-‍dai, of To-‍bi‍′‍-‍jah, and of Je-‍da‍′‍-‍iah, which are come from Bab­y­lon, and come thou the same day, and go in­to the house of Jo-‍si‍′‍-‍ah the son of Zeph-‍a-‍ni‍′‍-‍ah;
  11. Then take sil­ver and gold, and make crowns, and set them up­on the head of Josh­ua the son of Jos‍′‍-‍e-‍dech, the high priest;
  12. And speak un­to him, say­ing, Thus speak­eth the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, say­ing, Be­hold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the tem­ple of the ⟨Lord⟩:
  13. Even he shall build the tem­ple of the ⟨Lord⟩; and he shall bear the glo­ry, and shall sit and rule up­on his throne; and he shall be a priest up­on his throne: and the coun­sel of peace shall be be­tween them both.
  14. And the crowns shall be to He‍′‍-‍lem, and to To-‍bi‍′‍-‍jah, and to‍ ‍Je-‍da‍′‍-‍iah, for a me­mo­ri­al in the tem­ple of the ⟨Lord⟩.
  15. And they that are far off shall come and build in the tem­ple of the ⟨Lord⟩, and ye shall know that the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts hath sent me un­to you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will dil­i­gent­ly obey the voice of the ⟨Lord⟩ your ⟨God⟩.
Chapter Seven
  1. AND IT CAME TO pass in the fourth year of king Da-‍ri‍′‍-‍us, that the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ came un­to Zech-‍a-‍ri‍′‍-‍ah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chis‍′‍-‍leu;
  2. When they had sent un­to the house of ⟨God⟩ She-‍re‍′‍-‍zer and Re‍′‍-‍gem–‍me‍′‍-‍lech, and their men, to pray be­fore the ⟨Lord⟩,
  3. And to speak un­to the priests which were in the house of the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, and to the proph­ets, say­ing, Should I weep in the fifth month, sep­a­rat­ing my­self, as I have done these so ma­ny years?
  4. Then came the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts un­to me, saying,
  5. Speak un­to all the peo­ple, of the land, and to the priests, say­ing, When ye fast­ed and mourned in the fifth and sev­enth month, even those sev­en­ty years, did ye at all fast un­to me,even to‍ ‍me?
  6. And when ye did eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat for your­selves, and drink for your­selves?
  7. Should ye not hear the words which the ⟨Lord⟩ hath cried by the for­mer proph­ets, when Je­ru­sa­lem was in­hab­it­ed and in pros­per­i­ty, and the cit­ies there­of round about her, when men in­hab­it­ed the south and the plain?
  8. And the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ came un­to Zech-‍a-‍ri‍′‍-‍ah, saying,
  9. Thus speak­eth the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, say­ing, Ex­e­cute true judg­ment, and shew mer­cy and com­pas­sions ev­ery man to his brother:
  10. And op­press not the wid­ow, nor the fa­ther­less, the stran­ger, nor the poor; and let none of you im­ag­ine evil against his broth­er in your heart.
  11. But they re­fused to heark­en, and pulled away the shoul­der, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
  12. Yea, they made their hearts as an ad­a­mant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts hath sent in his Spir­it by the for­mer proph­ets: there­fore came a great wrath from the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  13. Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts:
  14. But I scat­tered them with a whirl­wind among all the na­tions whom they knew not. Thus the land was des­o­late af­ter them, that no man passed through nor re­turned: for they laid the pleas­ant land desolate.
Chapter Eight
  1. AGAIN THE WORD OF the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts came to me, saying,
  2. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; I was jeal­ous for Zion with great jeal­ousy, and I was jeal­ous for her with great fury.
  3. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩; I am re­turned un­to Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Je­ru­sa­lem: and Je­ru­sa­lem shall be called a city of truth; and the moun­tain of the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts‍(,) the holy mountain.
  4. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; There shall yet old men and old wom­en dwell in the streets of Je­ru­sa­lem, and ev­ery man with his staff in his hand for very age.
  5. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls play­ing in the streets thereof.
  6. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; If it be mar­vel­lous in the eyes of the rem­nant of this peo­ple in these days, should it‍ ‍(not) al­so be mar­vel­lous in mine eyes? sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  7. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Be­hold, I will save my peo­ple from the east coun­try, and from the west country;
  8. And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Je­ru­sa­lem: and they shall be my peo­ple, and I will be their ⟨God⟩, in truth and in‍ ‍righteousness.
  9. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the proph­ets, which were in the day that the foun­da­tion of the house of the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts was laid, that the tem­ple might be built.
  10. For be­fore these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; nei­ther was there any peace to him that went out or came in be­cause of the af­flic­tion: for I set all men ev­ery one against his neighbour.
  11. But now I will not be un­to the res­i­due of this peo­ple as in the for­mer days, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
  12. For the seed shall be pros­per­ous: the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her in­crease, and the heav­ens shall give their dew; and I will cause the rem­nant of this peo­ple to pos­sess all these things.
  13. And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heath­en, O‍ ‍house of Ju­dah, and house of Is­ra­el; so will I save you, and ye shall be a bless­ing: fear not, but let your hands be strong.‍ ‍[]

  1. For thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; As I thought to pun­ish you, when your fa­thers pro­voked me to wrath, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, and I re­pent­ed not:
  2. So again have I thought in these days to do well un­to Je­ru­sa­lem and to the house of Ju­dah: fear ye not.
  3. These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye ev­ery man the truth to his neigh­bour; ex­e­cute the judg­ment of truth and peace in your gates:
  4. And let none of you im­ag­ine evil in your hearts against his neigh­bour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
  5. And the word of the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts came un­to me, saying,
  6. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ 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 to the house of Ju­dah joy and glad­ness, and cheer­ful feasts; there­fore love the truth and peace.
  7. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts: it shall yet come to pass, that there shall come peo­ple, and the in­hab­it­ants of ma­ny cities:
  8. And the in­hab­it­ants of one city shall go to an­oth­er, say­ing, Let us go speed­i­ly to pray be­fore the ⟨Lord⟩, and to seek the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts: I will go also.
  9. Yea, ma­ny peo­ple and strong na­tions shall come to seek the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts in Je­ru­sa­lem, and to pray be­fore the ⟨Lord⟩.
  10. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all lan­guag­es of the na­tions, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, say­ing, We will go with you: for we have heard that ⟨God⟩ is with you.
Chapter Nine
  1. THE BURDEN OF THE word of the ⟨Lord⟩ in the land of Ha‍′‍-‍drach, and Da­mas­cus shall be the rest there­of: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Is­ra­el, shall be to­ward the ⟨Lord⟩.
  2. And Ha‍′‍-‍math al­so shall bor­der there­by; Ty‍′‍-‍rus, and Zi‍′‍-‍don, though it be very wise.
  3. And Ty‍′‍-‍rus did build her­self a strong hold, and heaped up sil­ver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.
  4. Behold, the ⟨Lord⟩ will cast her out, and he will smite her pow­er in the sea; and she shall be de­voured with fire.
  5. Ash‍′‍-‍ke-‍lon shall see it, and fear; Ga‍′‍-‍za al­so shall see it, and be very sor­row­ful, and Ek‍′‍-‍ron; for her ex­pec­ta­tion shall be ashamed; and the king shall per­ish from Ga‍′‍-‍za, and Ash‍′‍-‍ke-‍lon shall not be inhabited.
  6. And a bas­tard shall dwell in Ash‍′‍-‍dod, and I will cut off the pride of the Phi-‍lis‍′‍-‍tines.
  7. And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abom­i­na­tions from be­tween his teeth: but he that re­main­eth, even he, shall be for our ⟨God⟩, and he shall be as a gov­er­nor in Ju­dah, and Ek‍′‍-‍ron as a Jeb‍′‍-‍u-‍site.
  8. And I will en­camp about mine house be­cause of the ar­my, be­cause of him that pass­eth by, and be­cause of him that re­turn­eth: and no op­pres­sor shall pass through them anymore: for now have I seen with mine eyes.
  9. Rejoice great­ly, O‍ ‍daugh­ter of Zion; shout, O‍ ‍daugh­ter of Je­ru­sa­lem: be­hold, thy King com­eth un­to thee: he is just, and hav­ing sal­va­tion; low­ly, and rid­ing up­on an ass, and up­on a colt the foal of an ass.
  10. And I will cut off the char­i­ot from E‍′‍-‍phra-‍im, and the horse from Je­ru­sa­lem, and the bat­tle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace un­to the heath­en: and his do­min­ion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the riv­er even to the ends of the earth.
  11. As for thee al­so, by the blood of thy cov­en­ant I have sent forth thy pris­on­ers out of the pit where­in is no water.
  12. Turn you to the strong hold, ye pris­on­ers of hope: even to day do I de­clare that I will rend­er dou­ble un­to thee;
  13. When I have bent Ju­dah for me, filled the bow with E‍′‍-‍phra-‍im, and raised up thy sons, O‍ ‍Zion, against thy sons, O‍ ‍Greece, and made thee as the sword of a migh­ty man.
  14. And the ⟨Lord⟩ shall be seen over them, and his ar­row shall go forth as the light­ning: and the ⟨Lord⟩ ⟨God⟩ shall blow the trum­pet, and shall go with‍ ‍whirl­winds of the south.
  15. The ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts shall de­fend them; and they shall de­vour, and sub­due with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls,and as the cor­ners of the altar.
  16. And the ⟨Lord⟩ their ⟨God⟩ shall save them in that day as the flock of his peo­ple: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lift­ed up as an en­sign up­on his land.
  17. For how great is his good­ness, and how great is his beau­ty! corn shall make the young men cheer­ful, and new wine the maids.
Chapter Ten
  1. ASK YE OF THE ⟨Lord⟩ rain in the time of the lat­ter rain; so the ⟨Lord⟩ shall make bright clouds, and give them show­ers of rain, to ev­ery one grass in the field.
  2. For the idols have spo­ken van­i­ty, and the di­vin­ers have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they com­fort in vain: there­fore they went their way as a flock, they were trou­bled, be­cause there was no shepherd.
  3. Mine an­ger was kin­dled against the shep­herds, and I pun­ished the goats: for the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts hath vis­it­ed his flock the house of Ju­dah, and hath made them as his good­ly horse in the battle.
  4. Out of him came forth the cor­ner, out of him the nail, out of him the bat­tle bow, out of him ev­ery op­pres­sor together.
  5. And they shall be as migh­ty men, which tread down their en­e­mies in the mire of the streets in the bat­tle: and they shall fight, be­cause the ⟨Lord⟩is‍ ‍with‍ ‍them, and the rid­ers on hors­es shall be confounded.
  6. And I will strength­en the house of Ju­dah, and I will save the house of Jo­seph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mer­cy up­on them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the ⟨Lord⟩ their ⟨God⟩, and will hear them.
  7. And they of E‍′‍-‍phra-‍im shall be like a migh­ty man, and their heart shall re­joice as through wine: yea, their chil­dren shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall re­joice in the ⟨Lord⟩.
  8. I will hiss for them, and gath­er them; for I have re­deemed them; and they shall in­crease as they have increased.
  9. And I will sow them among the peo­ple: and they shall re­mem­ber me in far off coun­tries; and they shall live with their chil­dren, and turn again.
  10. I will bring them again al­so out of the land of Egypt, and gath­er them out of As­syr­ia; and I will bring them in­to the land of Gil‍′‍-‍le-‍ad and Leb‍′‍-‍a-‍non; and place shall not be found for them.
  11. And he shall pass through the sea with af­flic­tion, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the riv­er shall dry up: and the pride of As­syr­ia shall be brought down, and the scep­tre of Egypt shall de­part away.
  12. And I will strength­en them in the ⟨Lord⟩; and they shall walk up and down in his name, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩.
Chapter Eleven
  1. OPEN THY DOORS, O‍ ‍Leb‍′‍-‍a-‍non, that the fire may de­vour thy cedars.
  2. Howl, fir tree; for the ce­dar is fall­en; be­cause the migh­ty are spoiled: howl, O‍ ‍ye oaks of Ba‍′‍-‍shan; for the for­est of the vin­tage is come down.
  3. There is a‍ ‍voice of the howl­ing of the shep­herds; for their glo­ry is‍ ‍spoiled.
  4. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ my ⟨God⟩; Feed the flock of the slaughter;
  5. Whose pos­sess­ors slay them, and hold them­selves not guil­ty: and they that sell them say, Bless­ed be the ⟨Lord⟩; for I am rich: and their own shep­herds pity them not.
  6. For I will no more pity the in­hab­it­ants of the land, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩: but, lo, I will de­liv­er the men ev­ery one in­to his neigh­bours hand, and in­to the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not de­liv­er them.
  7. And I will feed the flock of slaugh­ter, even you, O‍ ‍poor of the flock. And I took un­to me two staves; the one I called Beau­ty, and the oth­er I called Bands; and I fed the flock.
  8. Three shep­herds al­so I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed(sic)‌them, and their soul al­so ab­horred me.
  9. Then said I, I will not feed you: that that di­eth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat ev­ery one the flesh of another.
  10. And I took my staaff, even Beau­ty, and cut it asun­der, that I might break my cov­en­ant which I had made with all the people.
  11. And it was bro­ken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that wait­ed up­on me knew that it was the word of the⟨Lord⟩.
  12. And I said un­to them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, for­bear. So they weighed for my price thir­ty piec­es of silver.‍ ‍(See:‍ ‍Matthew‍ ‍26:15)
  13. And the ⟨Lord⟩ said un­to me, Cast it un­to the pot­ter: a good­ly price that I was prised at‍ ‍of‍ ‍them. And I took the thir­ty piec­es of silver, and cast them to the pot­ter in the house of the ⟨Lord⟩.
  14. Then I cut asun­der mine oth­er staff, evenBands, that I might break the broth­er­hood be­tween Ju­dah and Israel.
  15. And the ⟨Lord⟩ said un­to me, Take un­to thee yet the in­stru­ments of a fool­ish shepherd.
  16. For, lo, I will raise up a shep­herd in the land, which shall not vis­it those that be cut off, nei­ther shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is bro­ken, nor feed that that stand­eth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
  17. Woe to the idol(idle?)shep­herd that leav­eth the flock! the sword shall be up­on his arm, and up­on his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be ut­ter­ly‍ ‍darkened.
Chapter Twelve
  1. THE BURDEN OF THE word of the ⟨Lord⟩ for Is­ra­el, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩, which stretch­eth forth the heav­ens, and lay­eth the foun­da­tion of the earth, and form­eth the spir­it of man with­in him.
  2. Behold, I will make Je­ru­sa­lem a cup of trem­bling un­to all the peo­ple round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Ju­dah and against Jerusalem.
  3. And in that day will I make Je­ru­sa­lem a bur­den­some stone for all peo­ple: all that bur­den them­selves with it shall be cut in piec­es, though all the peo­ple of the earth be gath­ered to­geth­er against it.
  4. In that day, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩, I will smite ev­ery horse with as­ton­ish­ment, and his rid­er with mad­ness: and I will open mine eyes up­on the house of Ju­dah, and will smite ev­ery horse of the peo­ple with blindness.
  5. And the gov­er­nors of Ju­dah shall say in their heart, The in­hab­it­ants of Je­ru­sa­lem shall be my strength in the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts their ⟨God⟩.
  6. In that day will I make the gov­er­nors of Ju­dah like an hearth of‍ ‍fire among the wood, and like a torch of‍ ‍fire in a sheaf; and they shall de­vour all the peo­ple round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Je­ru­sa­lem shall be in­hab­it­ed again in her own place, even in Je­ru­sa­lem.
  7. The ⟨Lord⟩ al­so shall save the tents of Ju­dah first, that the glo­ry of the house of David and the glo­ry of the in­hab­it­ants of Je­ru­sa­lem do not mag­ni­fy them­selves against Judah.
  8. In that day shall the ⟨Lord⟩ de­fend the in­hab­it­ants of Je­ru­sa­lem; and he that is fee­ble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as ⟨God⟩, as the an­gel of the ⟨Lord⟩ be­fore them.
  9. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to de­stroy all the na­tions that come against Jerusalem.
  10. And I will pour up­on the house of David, and up­on the in­hab­it­ants of Je­ru­sa­lem, the spir­it of‍ ‍grace and of sup­pli­ca­tions: and they shall look up­on me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourn­eth for his on­ly son, and shall be in bit­ter­ness for him, as one that is in bit­ter­ness for his firstborn.
  11. In that day shall there be a great mourn­ing in Je­ru­sa­lem, as the mourn­ing of Ha-‍dad-‍rim‍′‍-‍mon in the val­ley of Me-‍gid‍′‍-‍don.‍ ‍(See:‍ ‍Revelation‍ ‍16:16)
  12. And the land shall mourn, ev­ery fam­i­ly apart; the fam­i­ly of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the fam­i­ly of the house of Na‍′‍-‍than apart, and their wives apart;
  13. The fam­i­ly of the house of Le­vi apart, and their wives apart, the fam­i­ly of Shim‍′‍-‍e-‍i apart, and their wives apart:
  14. All the fam­i­lies that re­main, ev­ery fam­i­ly apart, and their wives apart.
Chapter Thirteen
  1. IN THAT DAY THERE shall be a foun­tain opened to the house of David and to the in­hab­it­ants of Je­ru­sa­lem for sin and for uncleanness.
  2. And it shall come to pass in that day, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be re­mem­bered: and al­so I will cause the (false) proph­ets and the un­clean spir­it to pass out of the land.
  3. And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet proph­e­sy, then his fa­ther and his moth­er that be­gat him shall say un­to him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speak­est lies in the name of the ⟨Lord⟩: and his fa­ther and his moth­er that be­gat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
  4. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the proph­ets shall be ashamed ev­ery one of his vi­sion, when he hath proph­e­sied; nei­ther shall they wear a rough gar­ment to deceive:
  5. But he shall say, I am no proph­et, I am an hus­band­man; for man taught me to keep cat­tle from my youth.
  6. And one shall say un­to him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall an­swer, Those with‍ ‍which I was wound­ed in the house of my friends.
  7. Awake, O‍ ‍sword, against my Shep­herd, and against the man that is my fel­low, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts: smite the Shep­herd, and the sheep shall be scat­tered: and I will turn mine hand up­on the lit­tle‍ ‍ones.
  8. And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩, two parts there­in shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
  9. And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will re­fine them as sil­ver is re­fined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my peo­ple: and they shall say, The ⟨Lord⟩ is my ⟨God⟩.
Chapter Fourteen
  1. BEHOLD, THE DAY OF the ⟨Lord⟩ com­eth, and thy spoil shall be di­vid­ed in the midst of thee.
  2. For I will gath­er all na­tions against Je­ru­sa­lem to bat­tle; and the city shall be tak­en, and the hous­es ri­fled, and the wom­en rav­ished; and half of the city shall go forth in­to cap­tiv­ity, and the res­i­due of the peo­ple shall not be cut off from the city.
  3. Then shall the ⟨Lord⟩ go forth, and fight against those na­tions, as‍ ‍when he fought in the day of battle.
  4. And his feet shall stand in that day up­on the mount of Ol­ives, which is be­fore Je­ru­sa­lem on the east, and the mount of Ol­ives shall cleave in the midst there­of to­ward the east and to­ward the west, and there shall be a very great val­ley; and half of the moun­tain shall re­move to­ward the north, and half of it to­ward the south.
  5. And ye shall flee to the val­ley of the moun­tains; for the val­ley of the moun­tains shall reach un­to A‍′‍-‍zal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from be­fore the earth­quake in the days of Uz-‍zi‍′‍-‍ah king of Ju­dah: and the ⟨Lord⟩ my ⟨God⟩ shall come, and all the saints with thee.
  6. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:
  7. But it shall be one day which shall be known(on­ly)to the ⟨Lord⟩, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass that at eve­ning time it shall be light.
  8. And it shall be in that day, that liv­ing wa­ters shall go out from Je­ru­sa­lem; half of them to­ward the for­mer sea, and half of them to­ward the hind­er sea: in sum­mer and in win­ter shall it be.
  9. And the ⟨Lord⟩ shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one ⟨Lord⟩, and his name one.
  10. All the land shall be turned as‍ ‍a plain from Ge‍′‍-‍ba to Rim‍′‍-‍mon south of Je­ru­sa­lem: and it shall be lift­ed up, and in­hab­it­ed in her place, from Ben­ja­mins gate un­to the place of the first gate, un­to the cor­ner gate, and from the tow­er of Ha-‍nan‍′‍-‍e-‍el un­to the kings winepresses.
  11. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more ut­ter de­struc­tion; but Je­ru­sa­lem shall be safe­ly inhabited.
  12. And this shall be the plague where­with the ⟨Lord⟩ will smite all the peo­ple that have fought against Je­ru­sa­lem: Their flesh shall con­sume away(while they stand up­on their feet), and their eyes shall con­sume away in their holes, and their tongue shall con­sume away in their mouth.
  13. And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tu­mult from the ⟨Lord⟩ shall be among them: and they shall lay hold ev­ery one on the hand of his neigh­bour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.
  14. And Ju­dah al­so shall fight at Je­ru­sa­lem; and the wealth of all the heath­en round about shall be gath­ered to­geth­er, gold, and sil­ver, and ap­par­el, in great abundance.
  15. And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the cam­el, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in‍ ‍these tents, as this plague.
  16. And it shall come to pass, that ev­ery one that is left of all the na­tions which came against Je­ru­sa­lem shall even go up from year to year to wor­ship the King, the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
  17. And it shall be, that who­so­(ever) will not come up of‍ ‍all the fam­i­lies of the earth un­to Je­ru­sa­lem to‍ ‍wor­ship the King, the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts, even up­on them shall be no rain.
  18. And if the fam­i­ly of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague(of‍ ‍all an­i­mals in‍ ‍their tents/camps), where­with the ⟨Lord⟩ will smite the heath­en that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
  19. This shall be the pun­ish­ment of Egypt, and the pun­ish­ment of all na­tions that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.
  20. In that day shall there be up­on the bells of the hors­es, HOLI­NESS UN­TO THE ⟨LORD⟩; and the (cook­ing) pots in the ⟨Lords⟩ house shall be like the bowls be­fore the altar.
  21. Yea, ev­ery (cook­ing) pot in Je­ru­sa­lem and in Ju­dah shall be holi­ness un­to the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts: and all they that sac­ri­fice shall come and take of them, and seethe there­in: and in that day there shall be no more the Ca‍′‍-‍naan-‍ite in the house of the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts.
"precept upon precept; line upon line" … - For knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail, but understanding remaineth (if gained from the former).