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 (Traditional)

撒迦利亞書 1


1大流士王二年八月,耶和華對易多的孫子、比利迦的兒子撒迦利亞先知說: 「耶和華曾對你們的祖先大發怒氣。 因此,你要告訴百姓,萬軍之耶和華說,『你們要歸向我,我就回到你們那裡。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。 不要像你們的祖先一樣。以前的先知曾呼喚他們要聽從萬軍之耶和華的話,改邪歸正,停止作惡,他們卻置若罔聞,不予理會。這是耶和華說的。 現在你們的祖先在哪裡呢?那些先知能活到永遠嗎? 然而,我吩咐我僕人——眾先知的訓言和律例豈不應驗在你們祖先的頭上了嗎?後來他們悔改了,說,萬軍之耶和華按著我們的所作所為報應了我們,正如祂所言。』」


大流士王二年十一月,即細罷特月二十四日,耶和華的話傳給了易多的孫子、比利迦的兒子撒迦利亞先知。 我在夜間看到異象,見有人騎著一匹紅馬,站在谷中的番石榴樹林間,後面有紅馬、棕馬和白馬騎士。 我就問:「主啊,這是什麼意思?」那位跟我說話的天使說:「我會告訴你這是什麼意思。」 10 站在番石榴樹林間的那位對我說:「這些是耶和華派來巡視大地的。」 11 其他騎士向站在番石榴樹林間的那位耶和華的天使報告說:「我們已經巡視了大地,到處都安寧平靜。」

12 耶和華的天使說:「萬軍之耶和華啊,你向耶路撒冷和猶大的城邑發怒已經七十年了,還要多久你才會憐憫他們呢?」 13 耶和華用仁慈、安慰的話回答那位與我說話的天使。

14 那位天使對我說:「你要宣告,萬軍之耶和華說,『我對耶路撒冷,對錫安充滿了火熱的愛。 15 我對安逸的列國充滿憤怒,因為我只是對我的子民稍微不滿,列國卻大肆禍害他們。』 16 因此,耶和華說,『我必懷著憐憫的心回到耶路撒冷,我的殿必在那裡重建,必有準繩丈量耶路撒冷。這是萬軍之耶和華說的。』 17 你還要宣告,萬軍之耶和華說,『我的城邑必再次繁榮昌盛,耶和華必再次安慰錫安,揀選耶路撒冷。』」


18 我又舉目觀看,見有四個角。 19 於是,我問與我說話的天使:「這是什麼?」他回答說:「這些是驅散猶大、以色列和耶路撒冷的角。」 20 耶和華又讓我看見四個工匠。 21 於是我問:「他們來做什麼?」他說:「這些角驅散了猶大,以致無人能抬頭,但這些工匠是來威嚇列國,並打掉他們用來攻擊和驅散猶大的角。」