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ZECHARIAH, 1.

B. C. 520.

Glory of the latter temple.

Promise to Zerubbabel.

the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;

16 Since those days were, when one came to an heap of twenty measures, there

Zec. 8. 10.

7 And I will shake all nations, and the a chap. 1.6,9. were but ten: when one came to the pressdesire of all nations shall come:" and I fat for to draw out fifty vessels out of the will fill this house with glory, saith the press, there were but twenty. LORD of hosts.

8 The silver is mine,d and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.

17 I smote you with blasting, and with mildew, and with hail, in all the labours of your hands; yet ye turned not to me, saith the LORD.

9 The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

18 Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, even from the day that the foundation of the LORD's temple was laid, consider it.

10 In the four and twentieth day of the minth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD by Haggai the prophet, saying,

11 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Ask now the priests concerning the law, saying,

19 Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth from this day will I bless

12 If one bear holy flesh in the skirt of his garment, and with his skirt do touch bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any meat, shall it be holy? And the priests answered and said, No.

13 Then said Haggai, If one that is unclean by a dead body touch any of these, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered and said, It shall be unclean.

14 Then answered Haggai, and said, So is this people, and so is this nation besaith and is work of their hands; and that which they

offer there is unclean.

15 And now, I pray you, consider from this day and upward, from before a stone was laid upon a stone in the temple of the LORD.

b Ge. 49. 10.
Mal. 3. 1.

Lu. 2.27,46.
De. 28. 22.

1 Ki. 8. 37.
Am. 4. 9.

d1 Ch. 29. 14.
John 1. 14.
2 Co.3.9,10.

Ps. 85. 8.

Lu. 2. 14.
Ep. 2. 14.

g Zec. 8.9, 12.
Hab. 3. 17,

18.

iLe. 10.10,11
De. 33. 10.
Mal. 2. 7.

k ver. 6, 7.
Nu. 19. 11.
m Da. 2. 44.

n Mi. 5. 10.
Zec. 9. 10.

o Tit. 1. 15.
Jude 23.

p Ca. 8. 6.

ZECHARIAH

B. C. 520.

CHAPTER I.

IN the eighth month, in the second
year of Darius, came the word of the a chap. 6. 2.
LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Be-Hag. 1. 1.
rechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet,
saying,

C

Bor, bay.

c Ezr. 5. 1.

2 The LORD hath been ysore displeasede 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.

Mat. 23. 35.
y with dis-
pleasure.
a Ps. 103. 20,
21.

He. 1. 14.

4 Be ye not as your fathers, unto whom 2 Ch. 36. 16.

Ps. 60. 1.

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 8 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.

m

7 Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo 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

fJe. 25. 5.
Mal. 3. 7.
Mi. 7. 19.

you.

20 And again the word of the LORD came unto Haggai in the four and twentieth day of the month, saying,

21 Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I will shake the heavens and the earth;

22 And I will overthrow m the throne of kingdoms, and I will destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the heathen: and I" will overthrow the chariots, and those that ride in them; and the horses and their riders shall come down, every one by the sword of his brother.

23 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, will I take thee, O Zerubbabel my servant, the son of Shealtiel, saith the LORD, and will make thee as a signet; for I have chosen thee, saith the LORD of hosts.

Lu. 15. 20.
Ja. 4. 8.

h Ps. 102. 13.

Re. 6. 10.
i chap. 7. 5.
Je.25.11,12.

Da. 9. 2.
* Je. 29. 10.

Sor, overtake.

1 Ho. 6. 5.
m La. 2. 17.
n ch. 8. 2, 3.
Joel 2. 18.
• La. 1. 18.
? Is. 47. 6.
Ob. 15, 17.
Is. 12. 1.
54. 8.
r Jos. 5. 13.
Re. 6. 4.

bottom; and behind him were there a red
horses, speckled, and white.
B

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, d These are they whom the LORD hath sent to walk to and fro 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.

h

12 Then the angel of the LORD answer. ed 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 ?

13 And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words, and comfortable words.

said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith 14 So the angel that communed with me 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.

B. C. 519.

ZECHARIAH, IV. Building of the temple encouraged. 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 changed 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.

e Is. 14. 1.

19 And I said unto the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he answer- fchap. 6. 11. And the angel of the LORD stood by. ed me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.

y or, ordi

6 And the angel of the LORD protested unto Joshua, saying,

20 And the LORD shewed me four carpenters.

7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, If thou wilt walk in my ways, and if thou wilt keep my y 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.

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 them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn Eze. 40.3, 5. thou and thy fellows that sit before thee: over the land of Judah to scatter it. for they are men wondered at; for beCHAPTER II. hold, I will bring forth my servant, The BRANCH.

8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest,

1 Re. 5. 6.

m Re. 11. 1.

I LIFTED up mine eyes again, and looked, and, behold, a man with a measuring

line* in his hand.

Zion's prosperity predicted.

17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, My cities through B 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.

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.

B good.

a Ro. 6. 23.

b Is. 51. 3.
c 2 Sa. 12. 13.
Is. 6. 5..7.

d Is. 61. 10.

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.

nance.

& walks.

g Da. 12. 7.

3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.

4 And he answered and spake unto

Ps. 75. 4, 5.
of wonder,

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.

laid before Joshua; upon one stone shall 9 For, behold, the stone that I have 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.

Ps. 3. 3.

Is. 60. 19.
Re. 21. 23.

3 And, behold, the angel that talked 10 In that day, saith the LORD of hosts, with me went forth, and another angel Ge. 19. 17. shall ye call every man his neighbour went out to meet him, under the vine and under the fig tree. CHAPTER IV.

e or, seven
several
pipes to
the lamps.

AND the angel that talked with me
came again, and waked me, as a man
that is wakened out of his sleep;

r De. 28. 64.
Eze. 17. 21.
Am. 9. 9.
8 Is. 48. 20.
52. 11.
Je. 50. 8.

51.6,45.
De. 32. 10.

Ps. 17. 8.

or, sign, Is. 8. 18. i Is. 11. 1.

21. 15, 16. n Is. 26. 1, 2.

Eze.36.10,11

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• chap. 9. 8.
Is. 4. 5.

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 heaven, saith the LORD.

Mat. 25.40,

7 Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

45. u Is. 19. 16. Ho. 1. 7.

8 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations Is. 12. 6. which spoiled you; for he that toucheth yout 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.

n her.

Kor, army.
Is. 54. 1..3.

2 Co. 6. 16.

Re. 21. 3.

De. 32. 9.

a Is. 41. 9.

Ezr.3.8..13.
Ezr.6.14,15

λ the habita-
tion of his
holiness,
Is. 63. 15.

a Hag. 1. 1.

7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel 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 Zerubbabel 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.

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10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel 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?

h Is. 64. 6.
Mat. 22.11.
Re.7.13,14. 12 And I answered again, and said un-
19.8. to him, What be these two olive branches,
which through the two golden pipes

μor, since

the seven

eyes of the
LORD
shall.

v stone of tin.
That is, an
adversary.
e Job 1. 6.
Ps. 109. 6.

CHAPTER III.

AND he shewed me Joshuad the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.

pbe his ad

versary. σ by the hand of. 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the ƒ Jude 9, 23. Re. 12.9,10. LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebukeAm. 4. 11. thee: is not this a brands plucked out of the fire?

2 And 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 an swered 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 Zerubbabel, saying, Not" by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

Vision of the Flying Roll.

Pempty Y 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 Sanointed ones, that stand of the whole earth.

ZECHARIAH, V.

B. C. 519.

are the two by the Lord

CHAPTER V. THEN I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll.d

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 this side according to it; and every one that sweareth 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 swearethm 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 it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

7 And, behold, there was lifted up a e talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; 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 ephah between the earth and the heaven.

10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah? 11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base.

CHAPTER VI. 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 first chariot were red horses, and in the second chariot black horses,

3 And in the third chariot white horses, and in 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 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

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holdeth himself guiltless as it doth.

15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD; Is. 22. 24. and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts Re.5.11..13. hath sent me unto you. And this shall i Ps. 110. 4. come to pass, if ye will diligently obey He.4.14..16 the voice of the LORD your God. 7.24, 25 CHAPTER VII. * Ro. 5. 1. AND it came to pass in the fourth year Col. 1. 2. of king Darius, that the word of the LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu;

I Mal. 3. 5.

m Le. 19. 12.

n Le. 14. 45. • Mar. 14. 9.

Ep. 2. 13,19. Ro. 16. 26. e or, weighty piece. Re.17.1, &c.

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Prophecy of the Branch.

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 Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah;

11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, 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 Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.

made
heavy,
Is. 6. 10.

Ne. 9. 29.

Eze. 11. 19.

by the hand of.

2 When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regem-melech, 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?

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17 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.

18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying,

19 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.

CHAPTER VIII.

i Es. 8. 17.

20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, It shall

AGAIN the word of the LORD of hosts yor, solemn, yet come to pass, that there shall come peo-
came to me, saying,
ple, and the inhabitants of many cities:

or, set
times.

2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.

21 And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to Spray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; I will go also.

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.

22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

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

23 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.

e.

5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

Da. 8. 9.
1 ch.1.14..16.
m Ps.122.1,&c
8 going, or,
continually,
Ho. 6. 3.
Cintreat the
face of
chap. 7. 2.
n Is. 60.3, &c.
• Is. 1. 21, 26.
p Is. 2. 2, 3.
Je. 31. 23.
Is. 65.20,22.
"multitude of
days.
or, hard,
or, difficult.
Am. 1. 3..8.
t Ro.4.20,21.
Is.11.11,12.
43. 5, 6.
v Eze. xxvi..
xxviii.

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 also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.

Judgments and mercies.

:

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:

ZECHARIAH, IX.

B. C. 518.

14 But I scatteredd 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.

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 daya 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.

a Da. 9. 11.
6 Pr. 3. 29.
c Je. 14. 12.
Mi. 3. 4.

16 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:

d De. 4. 27.
e De.28.33,64
Je. 52.6,12.
Je. 41. 1, 2.
Je. 52. 4.
ẞ land of

desire.

CHAPTER IX.

THE burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, 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 Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus," and Zidon, though it be very wise.

3 And Tyrus 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 wil cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.

5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful; and Ekron, for her expectation, shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. 6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod; and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.

7 And I will take away his "blood out Mat.10.34.. between his teeth; but he that remaineth, of his mouth, and his abominations from

even he, shall be for our God; and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

country of
the going
down of
the sun,
Mal. 1. 11.

chap. 13. 9.
* Je. 31.1,33.
y Je. 4. 2.
Hag.2.4,&c.
a Ezr. 5. 1, 2.
or, the hire
of man
became
nothing.
μ bloods.

36. c Is. 11. 13.

11 But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days,v of peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

Ps. 72. 3.

V

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.

as

13 And it shall come to pass, that 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.

k

14 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:

15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem, and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.'

d Ps. 34. 7.
Ps. 67. 6, 7.
1 Co. 3. 21.
Je. 42. 18.
h John 12. 14,

15.
i Is. 45. 21.

πor, saving
himself.

k Je. 31. 28.

Lu. 12. 32.
por, whose,

covenant is
by blood,
Ex. 24. 8.

He. 13. 20.
m Ep. 4. 25.

n Is. 61. 1.
o Judge truth,
and the

judgment of
peace.

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 any more: 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 Thaving 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 Ephraim, 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, P 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

ZECHARIAH, X. Judgments predicted and typified.

B. C. 518.

Judah's restoration foretold.

that I will render double" unto thee:

13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, 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 ase 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 X. ASK of the LORD rain in the time of the latter rain; so the LORD shall make A bright clouds, and give them showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

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2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort vain: therefore they went their way as a flock, they were P troubled, because there was no shepherd.

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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.

a Is. 40. 2. Bor, gallants. y or, defenced forest.

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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.

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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 have and they shall be as though I had notx

cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them.

7 And they of Ephraim 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 soww them among the people and they shall remember me in far 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 Gilead and Lebanon, and place

shall not be found for them.

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CHAPTER XI.

OPEN thy doors, O Lebanon, 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 Bashan; 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: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

4 Thus saith the LORD my God,d 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 7deliver the men every one into his neighbour's 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, Keven you, O poork of the flock. And 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;" mand my soul loathed 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 staff, 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 xye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.

13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized 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, even & Bands, 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 y 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 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 XII.

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 Strembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah, and against Jerusale.n. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem

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