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 Return to the Lord
1In November[a] of the second year of King Darius’s reign, the Lord gave this message to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah and grandson of Iddo:
2 “I, the Lord, was very angry with your ancestors. 3 Therefore, say to the people, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Return to me, and I will return to you, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.’ 4 Don’t be like your ancestors who would not listen or pay attention when the earlier prophets said to them, ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: Turn from your evil ways, and stop all your evil practices.’
5 “Where are your ancestors now? They and the prophets are long dead. 6 But everything I said through my servants the prophets happened to your ancestors, just as I said. As a result, they repented and said, ‘We have received what we deserved from the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. He has done what he said he would do.’”
A Man among the Myrtle Trees
7 Three months later, on February 15,[b] the Lord sent another message to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah and grandson of Iddo.
8 In a vision during the night, I saw a man sitting on a red horse that was standing among some myrtle trees in a small valley. Behind him were riders on red, brown, and white horses. 9 I asked the angel who was talking with me, “My lord, what do these horses mean?”
“I will show you,” the angel replied.
10 The rider standing among the myrtle trees then explained, “They are the ones the Lord has sent out to patrol the earth.”
11 Then the other riders reported to the angel of the Lord, who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have been patrolling the earth, and the whole earth is at peace.”
12 Upon hearing this, the angel of the Lord prayed this prayer: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, for seventy years now you have been angry with Jerusalem and the towns of Judah. How long until you again show mercy to them?” 13 And the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.
14 Then the angel said to me, “Shout this message for all to hear: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Jerusalem and Mount Zion is passionate and strong. 15 But I am very angry with the other nations that are now enjoying peace and security. I was only a little angry with my people, but the nations inflicted harm on them far beyond my intentions.
16 “‘Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I have returned to show mercy to Jerusalem. My Temple will be rebuilt, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and measurements will be taken for the reconstruction of Jerusalem.[c]’
17 “Say this also: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: The towns of Israel will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem as his own.’”
Four Horns and Four Blacksmiths
18 [d]Then I looked up and saw four animal horns. 19 “What are these?” I asked the angel who was talking with me.
He replied, “These horns represent the nations that scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”
20 Then the Lord showed me four blacksmiths. 21 “What are these men coming to do?” I asked.
The angel replied, “These four horns—these nations—scattered and humbled Judah. Now these blacksmiths have come to terrify those nations and throw them down and destroy them.”
Notas al pie
- 1:1 Hebrew In the eighth month. A number of dates in Zechariah can be cross-checked with dates in surviving Persian records and related accurately to our modern calendar. This month of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar occurred within the months of October and November 520 B.c.
- 1:7 Hebrew On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius. This event occurred on February 15, 519 B.c.; also see note on 1:1.
- 1:16 Hebrew and the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem.
- 1:18 Verses 1:18-21 are numbered 2:1-4 in Hebrew text.