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Zechariah 1

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.

The Lord who rules over all was very angry with your people of long ago. And now he says to us, “Return to me. Then I will return to you,” announces the Lord. “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. “Where are those people now? And what about my prophets? Do they live forever? I 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

A 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.

I 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.

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

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

10 Then 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.”

11 They 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.”

12 Then 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.” 13 So the Lord replied with kind and comforting words. He spoke them to the angel who talked with me.

14 Then 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. 15 And 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

18 Then I looked up and saw four animal horns. 19 I 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.”

20 Then the Lord showed me four skilled workers. 21 I 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.”

O Livro

Zacarias 1

Uma chamada ao arrependimento

1Estas mensagens, da parte do Senhor, foram comunicadas ao profeta Zacarias (filho de Baraquias e neto de Ido), nos primeiros dias de Novembro, do segundo ano de reinado de Dario. O Senhor dos exércitos do céu zangou-se em extremo com vossos pais. Mas agora voltar-se-á a vosso favor novamente se se voltarem para ele. Não sejam como os vossos pais! Os primeiros profetas em vão insistiram com eles para que se arrependessem dos seus maus caminhos. Venham, tornem-se para mim, dizia o Senhor Deus. Mas não, não quiseram ouvir; não deram ouvidos.

5/6 Os vossos antepassados e os profetas, há muito que já faleceram; mas lembrem-se da lição que eles tiveram que aprender — é que a palavra de Deus é persistente! Apanhou-os e castigou-os. Por fim arrependeram-se. Tivemos o que merecíamos, reconheceram eles. Deus fez-nos aquilo que nos avisou que faria.

No dia quinze de Fevereiro — era ainda o segundo ano do reinado de Dario, o Senhor comunicou outra mensagem ao profeta Zacarias (filho de Baraquias e neto de Ido), numa visão dada durante a noite:

Vi um homem sentado num cavalo vermelho, que estava parado entre murtas, num vale. Atrás dele estavam outros cavalos, vermelhos, castanhos e brancos, cada um com o seu condutor. Um anjo pôs-se ao meu lado e perguntei-lhe: “Para que servem todos esses cavalos?”

“Vai ser-te dito.”

10 Então o condutor do cavalo vermelho respondeu-me: “O Senhor enviou-os para patrulharem a Terra.”

11 Nessa altura os outros cavaleiros dirigiram-se ao anjo do Senhor: “Acabámos de percorrer a Terra inteira; por toda a parte há prosperidade e paz.”

12 Após ter ouvido isto, o anjo do Senhor fez esta oração: “Ó Senhor dos exércitos celestiais, durante setenta anos a tua ira se derramou sobre Jerusalém e sobre as cidades de Judá. Quando mostrarás enfim a tua misericórdia sobre elas?”

13 O Senhor respondeu ao anjo que estava de pé ao meu lado, falando-lhe palavras de conforto e confiança.

14 Então o anjo disse: “Clama esta mensagem da parte do Senhor Deus dos exércitos celestiais: Pensas que não me preocupo com o que aconteceu em Judá e em Jerusalém? Sinto um grande zelo por elas. 15 É grande a minha ira contra os povos pagãos que as rodeiam e que vivem desafogadamente. Foi apenas durante certo tempo que estive voltado contra o meu povo, mas outros os afligiram mais do que deviam.

16 Por isso o Senhor declara: Voltei-me para Jerusalém cheio de bondade. O meu templo tornará a ser reconstruído, diz o Senhor dos exércitos celestiais, e o mesmo acontecerá com Jerusalém. 17 Repete o que disseste: O Senhor dos exércitos celestiais declara que as povoações de Israel tornarão a transbordar de prosperidade. O Senhor confortará novamente Jerusalém, abençoá-la-á, e viverá nela.”

Quatro chifres e quatro ferreiros

18 Então reparei em quatro chifres. 19 “Que são estes?”, perguntei ao anjo.

Respondeu-me: “Representam quatro forças mundiais que dispersaram Judá, Israel e Jerusalém.”

20 Depois o Senhor mostrou-me quatro ferreiros. 21 “Que vieram estes homens fazer?”, perguntei.

O anjo respondeu: “Vieram para derrubar as quatro forças que dispersaram Judá, tão terrivelmente; vieram para os triturar na bigorna e os lançarem para longe.”