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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.

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Zacarías 1

Un llamado a volver al Señor

1En el mes octavo del segundo año del reinado de Darío, la palabra del Señor vino al profeta Zacarías, hijo de Berequías y nieto de Idó:

«El Señor está ardiendo en ira contra los antepasados de ustedes. Por lo tanto, adviértele al pueblo que así dice el Señor *Todopoderoso:

»“Vuélvanse a mí,
    y yo me volveré a ustedes
—afirma el Señor Todopoderoso—.

» ”No sean como sus antepasados,
    a quienes les proclamaron
    los profetas de antaño
que así dice el Señor Todopoderoso:
    ‘Vuélvanse de su mala conducta
    y de sus malas prácticas.’
Porque ellos no me obedecieron
    ni me prestaron atención
—afirma el Señor—.

» ”¿Dónde están los antepasados de ustedes?
    ¿Acaso los profetas siguen con vida?
¿No se cumplieron en sus antepasados
    las palabras y los decretos
que a mis siervos los profetas
    ordené comunicarles?

» ”Entonces ellos se volvieron al Señor, y dijeron: ‘El Señor Todopoderoso nos ha tratado tal y como había resuelto hacerlo: conforme a lo que merecen nuestra conducta y nuestras acciones.’ ” »

El hombre entre los arrayanes

En el segundo año del reinado de Darío, en el día veinticuatro del mes de *sebat, que es el mes undécimo, la palabra del Señor vino al profeta Zacarías, hijo de Berequías y nieto de Idó: Una noche tuve una visión, en la que vi a un hombre montado en un caballo alazán. Ese hombre se detuvo entre los arrayanes que había en una hondonada. Detrás de él había jinetes en caballos alazanes, bayos y blancos. Yo le pregunté: «¿Qué significan estos jinetes, mi señor?» El ángel que hablaba conmigo me respondió: «Voy a explicarte lo que significan.» 10 Y el hombre que estaba entre los arrayanes me dijo: «El Señor ha enviado estos jinetes a recorrer toda la tierra.»

11 Los jinetes informaron al ángel del Señor, que estaba entre los arrayanes: «Hemos recorrido toda la tierra. Por cierto, la encontramos tranquila y en paz.» 12 Ante esto, el ángel del Señor replicó: «Señor Todopoderoso, ¿hasta cuándo te negarás a compadecerte de Jerusalén y de las ciudades de Judá, con las que has estado enojado estos setenta años?»

13 El Señor le respondió con palabras buenas y consoladoras al ángel que hablaba conmigo, 14 y luego el ángel me dijo: «Proclama este mensaje de parte del Señor Todopoderoso:

»“Mi amor por *Sión y por Jerusalén
    me hace sentir celos por ellas.
15 En cambio, estoy lleno de ira
    con las naciones engreídas.
Mi enojo no era tan grave,
    pero ellas lo agravaron más.”

16 »Por lo tanto, así dice el Señor:
    “Volveré a compadecerme de Jerusalén.
Allí se reconstruirá mi templo,
    y se extenderá el cordel de medir,
afirma el Señor Todopoderoso.”

17 »Proclama además lo siguiente de parte del Señor Todopoderoso:

»“Otra vez mis ciudades rebosarán de bienes,
    otra vez el Señor consolará a Sión,
    otra vez escogerá a Jerusalén.” »

18 Alcé la vista, ¡y vi ante mí cuatro cuernos! 19 Le pregunté entonces al ángel que hablaba conmigo: «¿Qué significan estos cuernos?» Y el ángel me respondió: «Estos cuernos son los poderes que dispersaron a Judá, a Israel y a Jerusalén.»

20 Luego el Señor me mostró cuatro herreros. 21 Le pregunté: «¿Y éstos qué han venido a hacer?» Y el Señor me respondió: «Los cuernos son los poderes que dispersaron a Judá, a tal punto que nadie pudo volver a levantar la cabeza. Los herreros han venido para aterrorizarlos, y para deshacer el poder de las naciones que levantaron su cuerno contra la tierra de Judá y dispersaron a sus habitantes.»