Zechariah exhorteth to repentance.
Zechariah 1:1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, came the word of Yahweh unto Zechariah, son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, the prophet, saying: Zechariah 1:2 Yahweh, was sore displeased, with your fathers: Zechariah 1:3 therefore shalt thou say unto them, Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts, Return ye unto me, urgeth Yahweh of hosts,that I may return unto you, saith Yahweh of hosts. Zechariah 1:4 Do not become like your fathers, unto whom the former prophets, proclaimed, saying, Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts, Return, I pray you, from your wicked ways, and from your wicked practices; but they heard not, nor hearkened unto me, declareth Yahweh. Zechariah 1:5 Your fathers, where are they? and, the prophets, to times age-abiding, do they live? Zechariah 1:6 Howbeit, as for my words and my statutes with which I charged my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? and so they returned and said, Just as Yahweh of hosts planned to do unto us, according to our ways and according to our practices, So hath he dealt with us?
The vision of the horses.
Zechariah 1:7 Upon the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the same, is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of Yahweh unto Zechariah, son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, the prophet, as followeth: Zechariah 1:8 I looked by night, And lo! a man riding upon a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees, in the shade; and, after him, were horses, red, bay, and white. Zechariah 1:9 Then said I, What are these, my lord? And the messenger who was speaking with me, said unto me, I, will shew thee what these, are. Zechariah 1:10 So the man who was standing among the myrtle-trees responded, and said,These, are they whom Yahweh, hath sent, to go to and fro through the earth. Zechariah 1:11 Then responded they to the messenger of Yahweh, who was standing among the myrtle-trees, and said, We have gone to and fro through the earth,and lo! all the earth, resteth and is quiet.
At the prayer of the angel, comfortable promises are made to Jerusalem.
Zechariah 1:12 Then the messenger of Yahweh responded, and said, O Yahweh of hosts! How long wilt, thou, not have compassion upon Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah,against which thou hast had indignation these seventy years? Zechariah 1:13 And Yahweh answered the messenger who was speaking with me, in words that were pleasant,words that were consoling, Zechariah 1:14 Then the messenger who was speaking with me, said unto me, Proclaim thou, saying, Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts, I am jealous for Jerusalem, and for Zion, with a great jealousy; Zechariah 1:15 And, with a great displeasure, am I displeased with the careless nations,in that, when, I, was displeased (for) a little, then, they, helped forward the calamity, Zechariah 1:16 Wherefore, Thus, saith Yahweh, I have returned to Jerusalem, with compassions, My house, shall be built therein, declareth Yahweh of hosts, and, a line, shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem. Zechariah 1:17 Further, proclaim thou, saying, Thus, saith Yahweh of hosts, Yet, shall my cities overflow with blessing! So will Yahweh yet, have compassion, upon Zion, and yet make choice of Jerusalem.
The vision of the four horns, and the four carpenters.
Zechariah 1:18 Then lifted I up mine eyes and looked,and lo! Four Horns. Zechariah 1:19 And I said unto the messenger who was speaking with me, What are these? And he said unto me, These, are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem. Zechariah 1:20 Then Yahweh shewed me Four Craftsmen. Zechariah 1:21 And I said, What are these coming in to do? And he spake, saying, These, are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man lifted up his head, but these [others] have come in to put them in fear, to cast down the horns of the nations, the which have lifted up the horn against the land of Judah to scatter her.