Amplified Bible

Zechariah 1

A Call to Repentance

1In [a]the eighth month of the second year [of the reign] of [b]Darius [the king of Persia], the word of the Lord came to Zechariah (the Lord remembers) the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying, “The Lord was extremely angry with your fathers. Therefore say to the Jews, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts (armies), “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and I shall return to you. Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Repent [that is, change your way of thinking] and return now from your evil way [of life] and from your evil deeds.”’ But they did not listen or pay attention to Me,” declares the Lord. “Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? But did not My words (warnings) and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, overtake your fathers? Then they repented and said, ‘As the Lord of hosts planned to do to us [in discipline and punishment], in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so has He dealt with us.’”’”

Patrol of the Earth

On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month (Feb 15, 519 b.c.), which is the month of Shebat, in the second year of [the reign of] Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, as follows: In the night I saw [a vision] and behold, a [c]Man was riding on a red horse, and it stood among the myrtle trees that were in the ravine; and behind Him were horses: red, sorrel (reddish-brown), and white. Then I said, “O my lord, what are these?” And the [d]angel who was speaking with me said, “I will show you what these are.” 10 And the Man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to go throughout the earth and patrol it.” 11 And the men on the horses answered the [e]Angel of the Lord who stood among the myrtle trees and said, “We have gone throughout the earth [patrolling it] and behold, all the earth sits at rest [in peace and free from war].”

12 Then the Angel of the Lord said, “O Lord of hosts, how long will You withhold mercy and compassion from Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which You have had indignation and anger these seventy years [of the Babylonian captivity]?” 13 And the Lord answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious and comforting words. 14 So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, “Proclaim, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “I am jealous [with a burning, fiery passion] for Jerusalem and for Zion [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely mine] with a great jealousy. 15 But I am very angry with the [f]nations who are at ease and feel secure; for while I was only a little angry, they [g]furthered the disaster [against the people of Israel].” 16 Therefore, thus says the Lord, “I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy and compassion. My house shall be built in it,” says the Lord of hosts, “and a [h]measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.”’ 17 Proclaim again, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord shall again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.”’”

18 Then I looked up, and saw four horns (powers)! 19 So I asked the angel who was speaking with me, “What are these?” And he answered me, “These are the horns [the powerful Gentile nations] that have scattered Judah (the Southern Kingdom), Israel (the Northern Kingdom), and Jerusalem (capital city of Judah).” 20 Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. 21 I asked, “What are these [horns and craftsmen] coming to do?” And he said, “These are the horns (powers) that have scattered Judah so that no man raised up his head [because of the suffering inflicted by the Gentile nations]. But these craftsmen have come to terrify them and make them panic, and throw down the horns of the nations who have lifted up their horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter it.”

Notas al pie

  1. Zechariah 1:1 I.e. Oct/Nov 520 b.c.
  2. Zechariah 1:1 Darius the Great ruled Persia (capital city, Persepolis) from 522-486 b.c. He was an avid builder who used paid workers for his projects instead of slaves, a concept which at that time was revolutionary. He was a gifted visionary, and an energetic king whose social and economic goals endured and greatly benefited both his subjects and future generations. He developed efficient highways, standardized coinage, weights, measures, and he promoted religious tolerance and human rights.
  3. Zechariah 1:8 This Man is identified as the Angel of the Lord in 1:11, with capitalization used to indicate Him.
  4. Zechariah 1:9 This is the interpreting angel, mentioned in vv 9, 13, 14; 2:3; 4:1, 4, 5; 5:5, 10; 6:4, 5, and is not to be confused with the Man in v 8 or the Angel of the Lord in v 11.
  5. Zechariah 1:11 “Angel” has been capitalized here to reflect the likelihood that it is God appearing in a visible form (see note Gen 16:7).
  6. Zechariah 1:15 I.e. the powerful Gentile nations whom God used to punish the Israelites for their disobedience.
  7. Zechariah 1:15 The conquering nations sought to wipe out the children of Israel, an evil which exceeded God’s intended punishment.
  8. Zechariah 1:16 I.e. Jerusalem shall be rebuilt and restored to even greater glory.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒迦利亚书 1


1大流士王二年八月,耶和华对易多的孙子、比利迦的儿子撒迦利亚先知说: “耶和华曾对你们的祖先大发怒气。 因此,你要告诉百姓,万军之耶和华说,‘你们要归向我,我就回到你们那里。这是万军之耶和华说的。 不要像你们的祖先一样。以前的先知曾呼唤他们要听从万军之耶和华的话,改邪归正,停止作恶,他们却置若罔闻,不予理会。这是耶和华说的。 现在你们的祖先在哪里呢?那些先知能活到永远吗? 然而,我吩咐我仆人——众先知的训言和律例岂不应验在你们祖先的头上了吗?后来他们悔改了,说,万军之耶和华按着我们的所作所为报应了我们,正如祂所言。’”


大流士王二年十一月,即细罢特月二十四日,耶和华的话传给了易多的孙子、比利迦的儿子撒迦利亚先知。 我在夜间看到异象,见有人骑着一匹红马,站在谷中的番石榴树林间,后面有红马、棕马和白马骑士。 我就问:“主啊,这是什么意思?”那位跟我说话的天使说:“我会告诉你这是什么意思。” 10 站在番石榴树林间的那位对我说:“这些是耶和华派来巡视大地的。” 11 其他骑士向站在番石榴树林间的那位耶和华的天使报告说:“我们已经巡视了大地,到处都安宁平静。”

12 耶和华的天使说:“万军之耶和华啊,你向耶路撒冷和犹大的城邑发怒已经七十年了,还要多久你才会怜悯他们呢?” 13 耶和华用仁慈、安慰的话回答那位与我说话的天使。

14 那位天使对我说:“你要宣告,万军之耶和华说,‘我对耶路撒冷,对锡安充满了火热的爱。 15 我对安逸的列国充满愤怒,因为我只是对我的子民稍微不满,列国却大肆祸害他们。’ 16 因此,耶和华说,‘我必怀着怜悯的心回到耶路撒冷,我的殿必在那里重建,必有准绳丈量耶路撒冷。这是万军之耶和华说的。’ 17 你还要宣告,万军之耶和华说,‘我的城邑必再次繁荣昌盛,耶和华必再次安慰锡安,拣选耶路撒冷。’”


18 我又举目观看,见有四个角。 19 于是,我问与我说话的天使:“这是什么?”他回答说:“这些是驱散犹大、以色列和耶路撒冷的角。” 20 耶和华又让我看见四个工匠。 21 于是我问:“他们来做什么?”他说:“这些角驱散了犹大,以致无人能抬头,但这些工匠是来威吓列国,并打掉他们用来攻击和驱散犹大的角。”