Mukama ayita Abantu be okudda gy’ali
1Mu mwaka ogwokubiri ogw’obufuzi bwa kabaka Daliyo omufuzi w’e Buperusi mu mwezi ogw’omunaana, ekigambo kya Mukama ne kijjira Zekkaliya omwana wa Berekiya, omwana wa Iddo nnabbi, nga kigamba nti:
2 “Mukama yasunguwalira nnyo bajjajjammwe. 3 Naye kaakano mubagambe nti: Bw’atyo bw’ayogera Mukama Katonda ow’eggye nti, ‘Mudde gye ndi,’ bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye, ‘nange nadda gye muli,’ bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye. 4 Temuba nga bajjajjammwe, bannabbi ab’edda be baakoowoolanga nti, ‘Muve mu makubo gammwe amabi, n’ebikolwa byammwe ebikyamu.’ Naye tebampuliriza wadde okuŋŋondera, bw’ayogera Mukama. 5 Ye bajjajjammwe bali ludda wa? Ye bannabbi babeera balamu emirembe gyonna? 6 Ebigambo byange n’ebiragiro bye nalagira abaddu bange, bannabbi, eri bajjajjammwe tebyatuukirira?
“Ne balyoka beenenya ne bagamba nti, ‘Mukama ow’Eggye bye yasuubiza okutukola olw’empisa zaffe embi n’ebikolwa byaffe ebitali bya butuukirivu, bw’atyo bw’atukoledde ddala.’ ”
Nnabbi Ayolesebwa Embalaasi
7 Ku lunaku olw’amakumi abiri mu ennya, mu mwezi ogw’ekkumi n’ogumu gwe bayita Sebati, mu mwaka ogwokubiri ogw’obufuzi bwa kabaka Daliyo, ekigambo kya Mukama ne kijjira Zekkaliya mutabani wa Berekiya, omwana wa Iddo nnabbi nga kigamba nti.
8 Nalaba ekiro ng’omusajja yeebagadde embalaasi emyufu era yali ayimiridde mu miti emikadasi mu kiwonvu. Emabega we waaliyo embalaasi endala, enjeru, n’eza kikuusikuusi, n’emyufu.
9 Awo ne mbuuza nti, “Mukama wange bino bitegeeza ki?” Malayika eyali ayogera nange n’aŋŋamba nti, “Nzija kukulaga kye bitegeeza.”
10 Awo omusajja eyali ayimiridde mu miti n’addamu nti, “Ezo embalaasi Mukama z’asindise okulawuna ensi.” 11 Ne ziddamu malayika wa Mukama eyali ayimiridde mu miti nti, “Tubunye ensi yonna, era laba ensi yonna esiriikiridde teriimu kanyego eteredde mirembe.”
12 Awo malayika wa Mukama n’agamba nti, “Ayi Mukama ow’Eggye, olituusa ddi obutakwatirwa Yerusaalemi n’ebibuga bya Yuda kisa, by’osunguwalidde okumala emyaka ensanvu?” 13 Mukama n’alyoka addamu malayika eyali ayogera nange ebigambo ebirungi, ebigambo ebizzaamu amaanyi.
14 Awo malayika eyali ayogera nange n’agamba nti, “Langirira ogambe nti, Bw’ati bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye nti, ‘Yerusaalemi ne Sayuuni mbikwatiririddwa obuggya obw’amaanyi, 15 naye nyiigidde nnyo amawanga agali mu mirembe, kubanga abantu bange nnali mbanyiigiddeko katono naye bo ne bababonyaabonyeza ddala.’
16 “Noolwekyo, bw’ati bw’ayogera Mukama nti, ‘Nkomyewo mu Yerusaalemi n’ekisa. Ennyumba yange ne Yerusaalemi kyonna, bijja kuzimbibwa,’ bw’ayogera Mukama Katonda ow’Eggye.
17 “Yogera n’eddoboozi ery’omwanguka nti, Mukama Katonda ow’Eggye alangiridde nti, ‘Ebibuga byange bijja kuddamu okukulukuta obugagga, era Mukama alizzaamu Sayuuni amaanyi, ne yeeroboza Yerusaalemi.’ ”
18 Awo ne nnyimusa amaaso gange, era laba, ne ndaba amayembe ana. 19 Malayika eyali ayogera nange ne mubuuza nti, “Amayembe ago gategeeza ki?”
N’anziramu nti, “Gategeeza obuyinza obwasaasaanya abantu ab’omu Yuda, n’ab’omu Isirayiri, n’ab’omu Yerusaalemi.”
20 Awo Mukama n’andaga abaweesi bana. 21 Ne mbuuza nti, “Abo bazze kukola ki?”
N’addamu nti, “Ago amayembe, bwe buyinza obwasaasaanya Yuda nga tewali na muntu ayimusa mutwe gwe; naye abaweesi abana bazze okubatiisa era n’okubazikiriza, ago amawanga agaasitukira ku nsi ya Yuda okusaasaanya abantu baamu.”
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, 2 “The Lord was extremely angry with your fathers. 3 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. 4 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. 5 “Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6 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
7 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: 8 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. 9 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
- Zechariah 1:1 I.e. Oct/Nov 520 b.c.
- 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.
- Zechariah 1:8 This Man is identified as the Angel of the Lord in 1:11, with capitalization used to indicate Him.
- 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.
- 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).
- Zechariah 1:15 I.e. the powerful Gentile nations whom God used to punish the Israelites for their disobedience.
- Zechariah 1:15 The conquering nations sought to wipe out the children of Israel, an evil which exceeded God’s intended punishment.
- Zechariah 1:16 I.e. Jerusalem shall be rebuilt and restored to even greater glory.