A Call to Return to the Lord
1In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo:
2“The Lord was very angry with your ancestors. 3Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty. 4Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the earlier prophets proclaimed: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Turn from your evil ways and your evil practices.’ But they would not listen or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. 5Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your ancestors?
“Then they repented and said, ‘The Lord Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve, just as he determined to do.’ ”
The Man Among the Myrtle Trees
7On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, the month of Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah son of Berekiah, the son of Iddo.
8During the night I had a vision, and there before me was a man mounted on a red horse. He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses.
9I asked, “What are these, my lord?”
The angel who was talking with me answered, “I will show you what they are.”
10Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, “They are the ones the Lord has sent to go throughout the earth.”
11And they reported to the angel of the Lord who was standing among the myrtle trees, “We have gone throughout the earth and found the whole world at rest and in peace.”
12Then the angel of the Lord said, “Lord Almighty, how long will you withhold mercy from Jerusalem and from the towns of Judah, which you have been angry with these seventy years?” 13So the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.
14Then the angel who was speaking to me said, “Proclaim this word: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I am very jealous for Jerusalem and Zion, 15and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they went too far with the punishment.’
16“Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will return to Jerusalem with mercy, and there my house will be rebuilt. And the measuring line will be stretched out over Jerusalem,’ declares the Lord Almighty.
17“Proclaim further: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.’ ”
Four Horns and Four Craftsmen
18Then I looked up, and there before me were four horns. 19I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these?”
He answered me, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem.”
20Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. 21I asked, “What are these coming to do?”
He answered, “These are the horns that scattered Judah so that no one could raise their head, but the craftsmen have come to terrify them and throw down these horns of the nations who lifted up their horns against the land of Judah to scatter its people.”1:21 In Hebrew texts 1:18-21 is numbered 2:1-4.
Mukama ayita Abantu be okudda gy’ali
11:1 a Ezr 4:24; 6:15 b Ezr 5:1 c Mat 23:35; Luk 11:51 d nny 7; Nek 12:4Mu mwaka ogwokubiri ogw’obufuzi bwa kabaka Daliyo omufuzi w’e Buperusi mu mwezi ogw’omunaana, ekigambo kya Mukama ne kijjira Zekkaliya omwana wa Berekiya, omwana wa Iddo nnabbi, nga kigamba nti:
21:2 2By 36:16“Mukama yasunguwalira nnyo bajjajjammwe. 31:3 Mal 3:7; Yak 4:8Naye kaakano mubagambe nti: Bw’atyo bw’ayogera Mukama Katonda ow’eggye nti, ‘Mudde gye ndi,’ bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye, ‘nange nadda gye muli,’ bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye. 41:4 a 2By 36:15 b Zab 106:6 c 2By 24:19; Zab 78:8; Yer 6:17Temuba nga bajjajjammwe, bannabbi ab’edda be baakoowoolanga nti, ‘Muve mu makubo gammwe amabi, n’ebikolwa byammwe ebikyamu.’ Naye tebampuliriza wadde okuŋŋondera, bw’ayogera Mukama. 5Ye bajjajjammwe bali ludda wa? Ye bannabbi babeera balamu emirembe gyonna? 61:6 Yer 12:14-17; Kgb 2:17Ebigambo byange n’ebiragiro bye nalagira abaddu bange, bannabbi, eri bajjajjammwe tebyatuukirira?
“Ne balyoka beenenya ne bagamba nti, ‘Mukama ow’Eggye bye yasuubiza okutukola olw’empisa zaffe embi n’ebikolwa byaffe ebitali bya butuukirivu, bw’atyo bw’atukoledde ddala.’ ”
Nnabbi Ayolesebwa Embalaasi
7Ku lunaku olw’amakumi abiri mu ennya, mu mwezi ogw’ekkumi n’ogumu gwe bayita Sebati, mu mwaka ogwokubiri ogw’obufuzi bwa kabaka Daliyo, ekigambo kya Mukama ne kijjira Zekkaliya mutabani wa Berekiya, omwana wa Iddo nnabbi nga kigamba nti.
81:8 a Kub 6:4 b Zek 6:2-7Nalaba ekiro ng’omusajja yeebagadde embalaasi emyufu era yali ayimiridde mu miti emikadasi mu kiwonvu. Emabega we waaliyo embalaasi endala, enjeru, n’eza kikuusikuusi, n’emyufu.
91:9 Zek 4:1, 4-5Awo ne mbuuza nti, “Mukama wange bino bitegeeza ki?” Malayika eyali ayogera nange n’aŋŋamba nti, “Nzija kukulaga kye bitegeeza.”
101:10 Zek 6:5-8Awo omusajja eyali ayimiridde mu miti n’addamu nti, “Ezo embalaasi Mukama z’asindise okulawuna ensi.” 111:11 Is 14:7Ne ziddamu malayika wa Mukama eyali ayimiridde mu miti nti, “Tubunye ensi yonna, era laba ensi yonna esiriikiridde teriimu kanyego eteredde mirembe.”
121:12 Dan 9:2Awo malayika wa Mukama n’agamba nti, “Ayi Mukama ow’Eggye, olituusa ddi obutakwatirwa Yerusaalemi n’ebibuga bya Yuda kisa, by’osunguwalidde okumala emyaka ensanvu?” 131:13 Zek 4:1Mukama n’alyoka addamu malayika eyali ayogera nange ebigambo ebirungi, ebigambo ebizzaamu amaanyi.
141:14 Yo 2:18; Zek 8:2Awo malayika eyali ayogera nange n’agamba nti, “Langirira ogambe nti, Bw’ati bw’ayogera Mukama ow’Eggye nti, ‘Yerusaalemi ne Sayuuni mbikwatiririddwa obuggya obw’amaanyi, 151:15 a Yer 48:11 b Zab 123:3-4; Am 1:11naye nyiigidde nnyo amawanga agali mu mirembe, kubanga abantu bange nnali mbanyiigiddeko katono naye bo ne bababonyaabonyeza ddala.’
161:16 a Zek 8:3 b Zek 2:1-2“Noolwekyo, bw’ati bw’ayogera Mukama nti, ‘Nkomyewo mu Yerusaalemi n’ekisa. Ennyumba yange ne Yerusaalemi kyonna, bijja kuzimbibwa,’ bw’ayogera Mukama Katonda ow’Eggye.
171:17 a Is 51:3 b Is 14:1 c Zek 2:12“Yogera n’eddoboozi ery’omwanguka nti, Mukama Katonda ow’Eggye alangiridde nti, ‘Ebibuga byange bijja kuddamu okukulukuta obugagga, era Mukama alizzaamu Sayuuni amaanyi, ne yeeroboza Yerusaalemi.’ ”
18Awo ne nnyimusa amaaso gange, era laba, ne ndaba amayembe ana. 191:19 Am 6:13Malayika eyali ayogera nange ne mubuuza nti, “Amayembe ago gategeeza ki?”
N’anziramu nti, “Gategeeza obuyinza obwasaasaanya abantu ab’omu Yuda, n’ab’omu Isirayiri, n’ab’omu Yerusaalemi.”
20Awo Mukama n’andaga abaweesi bana. 211:21 a Zab 75:4 b Zab 75:10Ne mbuuza nti, “Abo bazze kukola ki?”
N’addamu nti, “Ago amayembe, bwe buyinza obwasaasaanya Yuda nga tewali na muntu ayimusa mutwe gwe; naye abaweesi abana bazze okubatiisa era n’okubazikiriza, ago amawanga agaasitukira ku nsi ya Yuda okusaasaanya abantu baamu.”