The Message

Zechariah 10

God’s Work of Rebuilding

1Pray to God for rain—it’s time for the spring rain—
    to God, the rainmaker,
Spring thunderstorm maker,
    maker of grain and barley.

2-3 “Store-bought gods babble gibberish.
    Religious experts spout rubbish.
They pontificate hot air.
    Their prescriptions are nothing but smoke.
And so the people wander like lost sheep,
    poor lost sheep without a shepherd.
I’m furious with the so-called shepherds.
    They’re worse than billy goats, and I’ll treat them like goats.”

3-5 God-of-the-Angel-Armies will step in
    and take care of his flock, the people of Judah.
He’ll revive their spirits,
    make them proud to be on God’s side.
God will use them in his work of rebuilding,
    use them as foundations and pillars,
Use them as tools and instruments,
    use them to oversee his work.
They’ll be a workforce to be proud of, working as one,
    their heads held high, striding through swamps and mud,
Courageous and vigorous because God is with them,
    undeterred by the world’s thugs.

6-12 “I’ll put muscle in the people of Judah;
    I’ll save the people of Joseph.
I know their pain and will make them good as new.
    They’ll get a fresh start, as if nothing had ever happened.
And why? Because I am their very own God,
    I’ll do what needs to be done for them.
The people of Ephraim will be famous,
    their lives brimming with joy.
Their children will get in on it, too—
    oh, let them feel blessed by God!
I’ll whistle and they’ll all come running.
    I’ve set them free—oh, how they’ll flourish!
Even though I scattered them to the far corners of earth,
    they’ll remember me in the faraway places.
They’ll keep the story alive in their children,
    and they will come back.
I’ll bring them back from the Egyptian west
    and round them up from the Assyrian east.
I’ll bring them back to sweet Gilead,
    back to leafy Lebanon.
Every square foot of land
    will be marked by homecoming.
They’ll sail through troubled seas, brush aside brash ocean waves.
    Roaring rivers will turn to a trickle.
Gaudy Assyria will be stripped bare,
    bully Egypt exposed as a fraud.
But my people—oh, I’ll make them strong, God-strong!
    and they’ll live my way.” God says so!

New American Standard Bible

Zechariah 10

God Will Bless Judah and Ephraim

1Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain—

The Lord who makes the [a]storm clouds;
And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.
For the teraphim speak [b]iniquity,
And the diviners see [c]lying visions
And tell false dreams;
They comfort in vain.
Therefore the people [d]wander like sheep,
They are afflicted, because there is no shepherd.
“My anger is kindled against the shepherds,
And I will punish the [e]male goats;
For the Lord of hosts has visited His flock, the house of Judah,
And will make them like His majestic horse in battle.
“From [f]them will come the cornerstone,
From [g]them the tent peg,
From [h]them the bow of battle,
From [i]them every [j]ruler, all of them together.
“They will be as mighty men,
Treading down the enemy in the mire of the streets in battle;
And they will fight, for the Lord will be with them;
And the riders on horses will be put to shame.
“I will strengthen the house of Judah,
And I will save the house of Joseph,
And I will [k]bring them back,
Because I have had compassion on them;
And they will be as though I had not rejected them,
For I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
“Ephraim will be like a mighty man,
And their heart will be glad as if from wine;
Indeed, their children will see it and be glad,
[l]Their heart will rejoice in the Lord.
“I will whistle for them to gather them together,
For I have redeemed them;
And they will be as numerous as they [m]were before.
“When I [n]scatter them among the peoples,
They will remember Me in far countries,
And they with their children will live and come back.
10 “I will bring them back from the land of Egypt
And gather them from Assyria;
And I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon
[o]Until no room can be found for them.
11 “And they will pass through the sea of distress
And He will strike the waves in the sea,
So that all the depths of the Nile will dry up;
And the pride of Assyria will be brought down
And the scepter of Egypt will depart.
12 “And I will strengthen them in the Lord,
And in His name they will walk,” declares the Lord.

Notas al pie

  1. Zechariah 10:1 Or thunderbolts
  2. Zechariah 10:2 Or futility
  3. Zechariah 10:2 Lit a lie
  4. Zechariah 10:2 Lit journey
  5. Zechariah 10:3 I.e. leaders
  6. Zechariah 10:4 Lit him
  7. Zechariah 10:4 Lit him
  8. Zechariah 10:4 Lit him
  9. Zechariah 10:4 Lit him
  10. Zechariah 10:4 Or oppressor
  11. Zechariah 10:6 Or make them dwell
  12. Zechariah 10:7 Or Let their heart rejoice
  13. Zechariah 10:8 Lit were numerous
  14. Zechariah 10:9 Lit sow
  15. Zechariah 10:10 Lit And