The Message

Zechariah 4

Fifth Vision: A Lampstand and Two Olive Trees

1The Messenger-Angel again called me to attention. It was like being wakened out of deep sleep.

2-3 He said, “What do you see?”

I answered, “I see a lampstand of solid gold with a bowl on top. Seven lamps, each with seven spouts, are set on the bowl. And there are two olive trees, one on either side of the bowl.”

Then I asked the Messenger-Angel, “What does this mean, sir?”

5-7 The Messenger-Angel said, “Can’t you tell?”

“No, sir,” I said.

Then he said, “This is God’s Message to Zerubbabel: ‘You can’t force these things. They only come about through my Spirit,’ says God-of-the-Angel-Armies. ‘So, big mountain, who do you think you are? Next to Zerubbabel you’re nothing but a molehill. He’ll proceed to set the Cornerstone in place, accompanied by cheers: Yes! Yes! Do it!’”

8-10 After that, the Word of God came to me: “Zerubbabel started rebuilding this Temple and he will complete it. That will be your confirmation that God-of-the-Angel-Armies sent me to you. Does anyone dare despise this day of small beginnings? They’ll change their tune when they see Zerubbabel setting the last stone in place!”

Going back to the vision, the Messenger-Angel said, “The seven lamps are the eyes of God probing the dark corners of the world like searchlights.”

11-12 And the two olive trees on either side of the lampstand?” I asked. “What’s the meaning of them? And while you’re at it, the two branches of the olive trees that feed oil to the lamps—what do they mean?”

13 He said, “You haven’t figured that out?”

I said, “No, sir.”

14 He said, “These are the two who stand beside the Master of the whole earth and supply golden lamp oil worldwide.”

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

撒迦利亚书 4

金灯台和橄榄树

1那位与我说话的天使又来唤醒我,像唤醒睡觉的人一样。 他问我:“你看见了什么?”

我说:“我看见一个纯金的灯台,上面有一个油碗,灯台上有七盏灯,每盏灯有七个灯芯。 灯台旁边有两棵橄榄树,左右各一棵。” 我问与我说话的天使:“主啊,这是什么意思?” 他说:“你不知道吗?”我说:“主啊,我不知道。”

他对我说:“这是耶和华对所罗巴伯讲的话。万军之耶和华说,‘不靠权势,不靠才能,乃靠我的灵。 大山啊,你算什么?你必在所罗巴伯面前化为平地。他必搬出那块封殿顶的石头,伴随着欢呼声——愿恩典、恩典归于这殿!’”

耶和华的话又传给了我,说: “所罗巴伯的手奠立这殿的根基,他的手也必完成这项工程。那时你便知道是万军之耶和华差遣我到你们这里来的。 10 谁敢藐视这微不足道的日子?人们看见所罗巴伯手中拿着线锤时,就必欢喜。

“这七盏灯是耶和华遍察天下的眼睛。”

11 我又问天使:“灯台左右的两棵橄榄树是什么意思?” 12 然后我又问道:“流出橄榄油的两个金管旁边的两根橄榄枝是什么意思?” 13 他说:“你不知道吗?”我说:“主啊,我不知道。” 14 他说:“这是侍立在天下之主旁边的两位受膏者。”