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 (Traditional)

撒迦利亞書 4

金燈臺和橄欖樹

1那位與我說話的天使又來喚醒我,像喚醒睡覺的人一樣。 他問我:「你看見了什麼?」

我說:「我看見一個純金的燈臺,上面有一個油碗,燈臺上有七盞燈,每盞燈有七個燈芯。 燈臺旁邊有兩棵橄欖樹,左右各一棵。」 我問與我說話的天使:「主啊,這是什麼意思?」 他說:「你不知道嗎?」我說:「主啊,我不知道。」

他對我說:「這是耶和華對所羅巴伯講的話。萬軍之耶和華說,『不靠權勢,不靠才能,乃靠我的靈。 大山啊,你算什麼?你必在所羅巴伯面前化為平地。他必搬出那塊封殿頂的石頭,伴隨著歡呼聲——願恩典、恩典歸於這殿!』」

耶和華的話又傳給了我,說: 「所羅巴伯的手奠立這殿的根基,他的手也必完成這項工程。那時你便知道是萬軍之耶和華差遣我到你們這裡來的。 10 誰敢藐視這微不足道的日子?人們看見所羅巴伯手中拿著線錘時,就必歡喜。

「這七盞燈是耶和華遍察天下的眼睛。」

11 我又問天使:「燈臺左右的兩棵橄欖樹是什麼意思?」 12 然後我又問道:「流出橄欖油的兩個金管旁邊的兩根橄欖枝是什麼意思?」 13 他說:「你不知道嗎?」我說:「主啊,我不知道。」 14 他說:「這是侍立在天下之主旁邊的兩位受膏者。」