Zechariah exhorteth to repentance.
Zechariah 1:1 In the eight moneth, in the seconde yeere of Darius, came the word of the LORD vnto Zechariah, the sonne of Barachiah, the sonne of Iddo the Prophet, saying, Zechariah 1:2 The LORD hath bene sore displeased with your fathers. Zechariah 1:3 Therefore say thou vnto them, Thus saith the LORD of hostes; Turne ye vnto me, saith the LORD of hostes, and I will turne vnto you, saith the LORD of hostes. Zechariah 1:4 Be ye not as your fathers, vnto whom the former Prophets haue cried, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hostes, Turne ye now from your euill wayes, and from your euil doings: but they did not heare, nor hearken vnto me, saith the LORD. Zechariah 1:5 Your fathers, where [are] they? and the Prophets, doe they liue for euer? Zechariah 1:6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my seruants the Prophets, did they not take holde of your fathers? and they returned and saide; Like as the LORD of hostes thought to doe vnto vs, according to our wayes, and according to our doings, so hath he dealt with vs.
The vision of the horses.
Zechariah 1:7 Upon the foure and twentieth day of the eleuenth moneth, which is the moneth Sebat, in the second yere of Darius, came the word of the LORD vnto Zechariah, the sonne of Barachiah, the sonne of Iddo the Prophet, saying: Zechariah 1:8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding vpon a red horse, and he stood among the mirtle trees that [were] in the bottome, and behinde him [were there] red horses, speckled and white. Zechariah 1:9 Then said I, O my Lord, what [are] these? And the Angel that talked with me, said vnto me, I wil shew thee what these be. Zechariah 1:10 And the man that stood among the myrtle trees answered, and said, These [are] they, whom the LORD hath sent to walke to and fro through the earth. Zechariah 1:11 And they answered the Angel of the LORD that stood among the mirtle trees, and said, Wee haue walked to and fro through the earth: and behold, all the earth sitteth still, and is at rest.
At the prayer of the angel, comfortable promises are made to Jerusalem.
Zechariah 1:12 Then the Angel of the LORD answered, and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not haue mercie on Ierusalem, and on the cities of Iudah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten yeeres? Zechariah 1:13 And the LORD answered the Angel that talked with me, with good words, [and] comfortable words. Zechariah 1:14 So the Angel that communed with me, said vnto me; Cry thou, saying; Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I am iealous for Ierusalem, and for Zion, with a great iealousie. Zechariah 1:15 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. Zechariah 1:16 Therefore thus saith the LORD, I am returned to Ierusalem with mercies: my house shall bee built in it, saith the LORD of hostes, and a line shalbe stretched forth vpon Ierusalem. Zechariah 1:17 Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hostes, My cities through prosperitie shall yet be spread abroad, and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Ierusalem.
The vision of the four horns, and the four carpenters.
Zechariah 1:18 Then lift I vp mine eyes, and saw, and behold foure hornes. Zechariah 1:19 And I said vnto the Angel that talked with me; What [be] these? and he answered mee, These [are] the hornes which haue scattered Iudah, Israel, and Ierusalem. Zechariah 1:20 And the LORD shewed mee foure carpenters. Zechariah 1:21 Then said I, What come these to doe? And hee spake, saying, These [are] the hornes which haue scattered Iudah, so that no man did lift vp his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the hornes of the Gentiles, which lift vp their horne ouer the land of Iudah to scatter it.