New International Reader's Version

Zechariah 1:1-21

The Lord Wants His People to Return to Him

1A message from the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet. Zechariah was the son of Berekiah. Berekiah was the son of Iddo. It was the eighth month of the second year that Darius was king of Persia. Here is what Zechariah said.

2The Lord who rules over all was very angry with your people of long ago. 3And now he says to us, “Return to me. Then I will return to you,” announces the Lord. 4“Do not be like your people of long ago. The earlier prophets gave them my message. I said, ‘Stop doing what is evil. Turn away from your sinful practices.’ But they would not listen to me. They would not pay any attention,” announces the Lord. 5“Where are those people now? And what about my prophets? Do they live forever? 6I commanded my servants the prophets what to say. I told them what I planned to do. But your people refused to obey me. So I had to punish them.

“Then they had a change of heart. They said, ‘The Lord who rules over all has punished us because of how we have lived. He was fair and right to do that. He has done to us just what he decided to do.’ ”

A Vision of a Horseman Among Some Myrtle Trees

7A message from the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet. Zechariah was the son of Berekiah. Berekiah was the son of Iddo. The message came during the second year that Darius was king. It was the 24th day of the 11th month. That’s the month of Shebat.

8I had a vision at night. I saw a man sitting on a red horse. He was standing among the myrtle trees in a valley. Behind him were red, brown and white horses.

9An angel was talking with me. I asked him, “Sir, what are these?”

He answered, “I will show you what they are.”

10Then the man standing among the myrtle trees spoke. He said, “They are the messengers the Lord has sent out. He told them to go all through the earth.”

11They brought a report to the angel of the Lord. He was standing among the myrtle trees. They said to him, “We have gone all through the earth. We’ve found the whole world enjoying peace and rest.”

12Then the angel of the Lord spoke up. He said, “Lord, you rule over all. How long will you keep from showing your tender love to Jerusalem? How long will you keep it from the towns of Judah? You have been angry with them for 70 years.” 13So the Lord replied with kind and comforting words. He spoke them to the angel who talked with me.

14Then the angel said, “Announce this message. Say, ‘The Lord who rules over all says, “I am very jealous for my people in Jerusalem and Zion. 15And I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry with my people. But the nations went too far and tried to wipe them out.”

16“ ‘So the Lord says, “I will return to Jerusalem. I will show its people my tender love. My temple will be rebuilt there. Workers will use a measuring line when they rebuild Jerusalem,” announces the Lord.

17“ ‘He says, “My towns will be filled with good things once more. I will comfort Zion. And I will choose Jerusalem again.” ’ ”

A Vision of Four Horns and Four Skilled Workers

18Then I looked up and saw four animal horns. 19I spoke to the angel who was talking with me. “What are these horns?” I asked.

He said, “They are the powerful nations that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem.”

20Then the Lord showed me four skilled workers. 21I asked, “What are they coming to do?”

He answered, “The horns are the powerful nations that scattered the people of Judah. That made Judah helpless. But these four skilled workers have come to terrify the horns. The workers will destroy the power of those nations. Those nations had used their power to scatter Judah’s people.”

Japanese Contemporary Bible

ゼカリヤ書 1:1-21




2全能の主は、あなたがたの先祖に激しい怒りを燃やした。 3だが、あなたがたが主のもとに帰りさえすれば主もあなたがたのもとに帰る。 4先祖たちのようであってはならない。先の預言者たちは、先祖たちに悪の道から離れるように訴えたが、むだだった。「さあ、わたしのもとに帰れ」と神、主は語った。だが彼らは聞こうとせず、全く心を向けなかった。 5-6先祖も預言者も、とうの昔に死んでしまったが、彼らが学んだ、「神のことばは永遠にとどまる」という教訓を忘れてはならない。神のことばは彼らに迫り、彼らを罰した。それで、ようやく悔い改めたのだ。彼らは言った。「神から当然の報いを受けた。神は警告どおりのことをなさったのだ。」




9一人の御使いが私のそばに立っていたので、「あの馬は何のためですか」と尋ねました。「話してあげよう」と彼は返事をしました。 10そして、赤い馬に乗っていた人が答えました。その人は主の使いだったのです。「主が彼らを遣わして地上を巡回させたのだ。」 11ほかの乗り手が主の使いに報告しました。「世界中を巡回したところ、どこも繁栄し平和です。」


13主は、私のそばに立っている御使いに答えて、慰めと確信に満ちたことばを語りました。 14その御使いは言いました。「全能の主からのこのことばを、大声で告げなさい。『ユダとエルサレムに起こったことに、わたしが無関心でいると思うか。夫が捕虜となった妻を思うように、わたしは彼らのことを思っている。 15安逸をむさぼっている異教の国々に、激しい怒りを燃やしている。わたしは自分の民にほんの少し腹を立てただけなのに、その国々は彼らを、わたしが考えていたよりもずっとひどい目に会わせたからだ。』

16そえゆえ、主は宣言します。『わたしはエルサレムに帰って、そこをあわれみで満たす。わたしの神殿は再建され、エルサレム全体も建て直される』と、全能の主が言われます。 17もう一度言いなさい。『全能の主は、イスラエルの町々が再び栄え、主が再びエルサレムを慰め、祝福し、そこに住む、と宣言しておられる』と。」


18それから私は、動物の四本の角を見ました。 19私はその御使いに、「これは何ですか」と尋ねました。「ユダとイスラエルとエルサレムを散らした四つの世界勢力を表している」と御使いは答えました。 20それから主は私に、四人の鍛冶職人を見せました。 21私は、「この人たちは何をしに来たのですか」と尋ねました。御使いが答えました。「ユダを散り散りにさせた四本の角をつかんで、金床の上でたたいて砕き、投げ捨てるために来たのだ。」