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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.

Japanese Living Bible

ゼカリヤ書 1

神に立ち返れとの呼びかけ

1表題――主からのことば。これはダリヨス王の第二年の第八の月に、ベレクヤの子、預言者イドの孫、ゼカリヤに主から示されました。

全能の主は、あなたがたの先祖に激しい怒りを燃やした。 だが、あなたがたが主のもとに帰りさえすれば主もあなたがたのもとに帰る。 先祖たちのようであってはならない。先の預言者たちは、先祖たちに悪の道から離れるように訴えたが、むだだった。「さあ、わたしのもとに帰れ」と神、主は語った。だが彼らは聞こうとせず、全く心を向けなかった。 5-6 先祖も預言者も、とうの昔に死んでしまったが、彼らが学んだ、「神のことばは永遠にとどまる」という教訓を忘れてはならない。神のことばは彼らに迫り、彼らを罰した。それで、ようやく悔い改めたのだ。彼らは言った。「神から当然の報いを受けた。神は警告どおりのことをなさったのだ。」

ミルトスの木の間にいる人(第一の幻)

続く第十一の月、主からのことばが、夜の幻のうちに、ベレクヤの子で預言者イドの孫、ゼカリヤに示されました。

私は、川のそばのミルトスの木の間に、一人の人が赤い馬にまたがっているのを見ました。そのうしろに赤、栗毛、白の別の馬が続き、それぞれ人が乗っています。

一人の御使いが私のそばに立っていたので、「あの馬は何のためですか」と尋ねました。「話してあげよう」と彼は返事をしました。 10 そして、赤い馬に乗っていた人が答えました。その人は主の使いだったのです。「主が彼らを遣わして地上を巡回させたのだ。」 11 ほかの乗り手が主の使いに報告しました。「世界中を巡回したところ、どこも繁栄し平和です。」

12 これを聞いて、主の使いは祈りました。「全能の主よ。七十年間、あなたの怒りはエルサレムとユダの町々を襲いました。いつになったら、もう一度あわれみを示してくださるのでしょうか。」

13 主は、私のそばに立っている御使いに答えて、慰めと確信に満ちたことばを語りました。 14 その御使いは言いました。「全能の主からのこのことばを、大声で告げなさい。『ユダとエルサレムに起こったことに、わたしが無関心でいると思うか。夫が捕虜となった妻を思うように、わたしは彼らのことを思っている。 15 安逸をむさぼっている異教の国々に、激しい怒りを燃やしている。わたしは自分の民にほんの少し腹を立てただけなのに、その国々は彼らを、わたしが考えていたよりもずっとひどい目に会わせたからだ。』

16 そえゆえ、主は宣言します。『わたしはエルサレムに帰って、そこをあわれみで満たす。わたしの神殿は再建され、エルサレム全体も建て直される』と、全能の主が言われます。 17 もう一度言いなさい。『全能の主は、イスラエルの町々が再び栄え、主が再びエルサレムを慰め、祝福し、そこに住む、と宣言しておられる』と。」

四本の角と四人の鍛冶職人(第二の幻)

18 それから私は、動物の四本の角を見ました。 19 私はその御使いに、「これは何ですか」と尋ねました。「ユダとイスラエルとエルサレムを散らした四つの世界勢力を表している」と御使いは答えました。 20 それから主は私に、四人の鍛冶職人を見せました。 21 私は、「この人たちは何をしに来たのですか」と尋ねました。御使いが答えました。「ユダを散り散りにさせた四本の角をつかんで、金床の上でたたいて砕き、投げ捨てるために来たのだ。」