Zechariah exhorteth to repentance.
Zechariah 1:1 In the eyght moneth of the seconde yeare of kyng Darius, came the word of the Lorde vnto Zacharye the sonne of Barachias, the sonne of Addo, the prophet saying: Zechariah 1:2 the Lorde hath ben sore dyspleased at youre forefathers. Zechariah 1:3 And saye thou vnto them: thus sayeth the Lorde of hostes. Turne you vnto me (sayeth the Lorde of hostes) & I wyll turne me vnto you, sayth the Lorde of hostes. Zechariah 1:4 Be not ye lyke youre forefathers, vnto whom the Prophetes cryed afore tyme, sayinge: Thus sayeth the Lord God of hostes. Turne you from youre euyll wayes, & from your wicked ymaginacyons. But thei wolde not heare, nor regarde me, sayeth the Lorde. Zechariah 1:5 What is nowe become of your forefathers & the prophetes? are they yet styll aliue? Zechariah 1:6 But dyd not my wordes and statutes (which I commaunded by my seruauntes the prophetes) touche your forefathers? Vpon this, they gaue aunswere and sayde: lyke as the Lord of hostes deuysed to do vnto vs, accordynge to oure owne wayes & ymagynacyons, euen so hath he dealte wyth vs.
The vision of the horses.
Zechariah 1:7 Vpon the .xxiiij. daye of the .xi. moneth which is the moneth Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the worde of the Lorde vnto Zacharye the sonne of Barachias, the sonne of Addo the Prophete, sayinge: Zechariah 1:8 I sawe by nyght, and lo, there sate one vpon a read horse & stode styll amonge the Myrte trees, that were beneth vpon the grounde: and behynde hym were there reade, spekled, and whyt horses. Zechariah 1:9 Then sayde I: O my Lorde, what are these? And the aungell that talcked with me, sayde vnto me: I wyll shewe the, what these be. Zechariah 1:10 And the man that stode amonge the Myrt trees, aunswered and sayde: These are they, whom the Lorde hath sente to go thorowe the worlde. Zechariah 1:11 And they aunswered the aungell of þe Lorde, that stode amonge the myrt trees, and sayde: We haue gone thorowe the world: and beholde, all the worlde dwell at ease, and are carelesse.
At the prayer of the angel, comfortable promises are made to Jerusalem.
Zechariah 1:12 Then the Lordes aungell gaue aunswere, and sayde: O Lorde of hostes, howe longe wylte thou be vnmercyfull to Ierusalem and to the cytyes of Iuda, wyth whom thou hast bene dyspleased nowe these .lxx. yeares. Zechariah 1:13 So the Lorde gaue a louynge and a confortable aunswere vnto the aungell that talcked wyth me. Zechariah 1:14 And the aungel that commoned with me, sayde vnto me: Crye thou, and speake: Thus sayeth the Lorde of hostes: I am exceadynge gelous ouer Ierusalem and Syon, Zechariah 1:15 and sore dyspleased at the carelesse Heathen: for where as I was but a lytle angrye, they dyd theyr best that I myghte destroye them. Zechariah 1:16 Therfore thus sayeth the Lord: I wyl turne me againe in mercy toward Ierusalem, so that my house shalbe buylded in it, saith the Lord of Hostes: yea and the plommet shalbe layd abroad in Ierusalem, sayeth the Lorde of hostes. Zechariah 1:17 Crye also, and speake: thus sayeth the lorde of hostes: My cytyes shalbe in good prosperyte agayne, the Lorde shall yet comfort Sion, and chose Ierusalem.
The vision of the four horns, and the four carpenters.
Zechariah 1:18 Then lyfte I vp myne eyes, and sawe, and beholde, foure hornes. Zechariah 1:19 And I sayde vnto the angel, that talketh with me: what be these? he aunswered me: These are the hornes, whiche haue scatred Iuda, Israel and Ierusalem abroade. Zechariah 1:20 And the Lorde shewed me .iiij. carpenters. Zechariah 1:21 Then sayde I: what wyll these do? He aunswered, and said: Those are the hornes, which haue so strowed Iuda abroade, that no man durste lyft vp his head: But these are come to fraye them away and to caste oute the hornes of the Gentyles, whiche lyfte vp theyr horne ouer the lande of Iuda, to scatre it abroade.