The restoration of Jerusalem.
Zechariah 8:1 So the worde of þe Lord came vnto me, sayenge. Zechariah 8:2 Thus sayth the Lord of hoostes. I was in a great gelousy ouer Sion, yee, I haue bene very gelous ouer her in a great dyspleasure Zechariah 8:3 thus sayeth þe Lord of hoostes. I will turne me agayne vnto Syon, & wyll dwell in the myddest of Ierusalem: so that Ierusalem shalbe called a faythfull & true cytye, þe hyl of the Lorde of hoostes, yee, an holy hyll. Zechariah 8:4 Thus sayth the Lorde of hoostes. There shall yet olde men & wemen dwel agayne in þe stretes of Ierusalem: yee, & soch as go wt staues in their handes for very age. Zechariah 8:5 The stretes of þe cytye also shalbe full of yonge boyes and damselles, playinge vpon the strates. Zechariah 8:6 Thus sayeth the Lord of hostes: yf þe resydue of this people thynke it to be vnpossible in these dayes, shuld it therfore be vnpossyble in my syght, sayth þe Lord of hoostes? Zechariah 8:7 Thus sayth the Lorde of hoostes: Beholde, I will delyuer my people from þe lande of the east & west, Zechariah 8:8 and wyll brynge them agayne: that they maye dwell at Ierusalem. They shalbe my people, & I wyll be theyr God, in treuth and ryghteousnesse.
They are encouraged to the building by God's favour to them.
Zechariah 8:9 Thus sayth the Lorde of hostes: let your handes be stronge, ye that now heare these wordes by þe mouth of þe prophetes, whych be in these dayes þt the foundacyon is layed vpon the Lord of hoostes house that the temple maye be builded. Zechariah 8:10 For why? before these dayes, nether men ner catel coulde wynne eny thinge, nether myght eny man come in and out in rest, for trouble: but I lett euery man go agaynst his neyghboure. Zechariah 8:11 Neuertheles, I wyll now intreate þe resydue of thys people nomore as afore tyme, sayth the Lord of hoostes, Zechariah 8:12 but they shalbe a sede of peace. The vyneyarde shal geue her frute, þe grounde shall geue her increase, and the heauens shall geue theyr dewe: and I shall cause the remnaunt of thys people, to haue all these in possession. Zechariah 8:13 And it shall come to passe, that lyke as ye were a curse amonge the Heathen (O ye house of Iuda, and ye house of Israel) Euen so wil I delyuer you, that ye shalbe a blessing: feare not, but let your handes be stronge. Zechariah 8:14 For thus sayth the Lord of hoostes: lyke as I deuysed to punysh you, what tyme as your fathers prouoked me vnto wrath, sayeth þe Lord of hoostes, & spared not. Zechariah 8:15 Euen so am I determined now in these dayes, for to do well vnto the house of Iuda & Ierusalem, therfore feare ye not.
Good works are required of them.
Zechariah 8:16 Nowe þe thynges that ye shall do, are these: Speake euery man the treuth vnto hys neyghboure, execute iudgement truly, and peaceably wythyn your portes, Zechariah 8:17 none of you ymagin euel in his herte agaynst hys neyghboure, and loue no false othes: for all these are þe thynges that I hate, sayeth the Lorde.
Joy and enlargement are promised.
Zechariah 8:18 And the worde of the Lord of hoostes, came vnto me, sayeng: Zechariah 8:19 thus sayeth the Lorde of hoostes. The fast of the fourth moneth, þe fast of the fifth, the fast of the seuenth, and the fast of the tenth, shall be ioye and gladnesse, and prosperous hye feastes vnto the house of Iuda: Onely, loue the treuth and peace. Zechariah 8:20 Thus sayeth the Lord of hoostes. There shall yet come people, and the inhabiters of many cytyes, Zechariah 8:21 & they that dwell in one cyte shal go to another, sayeng. Up, let vs go, & praye before þe Lorde, let vs seke þe Lorde of hoostes, I wyll go wt you: Zechariah 8:22 yee, moch people & myghtye Heathen shal come & seke þe Lord of hoostes at Ierusalem, and to praye before þe Lord. Zechariah 8:23 Thus sayeth þe Lord of hoostes. In þt tyme shall ten men (out of all maner of languages of the Gentyles) take one Iewe by the hemme of hys garment, & saye: we wyll go wt you, for we haue herde, that God is amonge you.