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Zacarias 1

Chamado ao Arrependimento

1No oitavo mês do segundo ano do reinado de Dario, a palavra do Senhor veio ao profeta Zacarias, filho de Berequias e neto de Ido:

“O Senhor muito se irou contra os seus antepassados. Por isso, diga ao povo: Assim diz o Senhor dos Exércitos: Voltem para mim, e eu me voltarei para vocês”, diz o Senhor dos Exércitos. “Não sejam como os seus antepassados aos quais os antigos profetas proclamaram: ‘Assim diz o Senhor dos Exércitos: Deixem os seus caminhos e as suas más obras’. Mas eles não me ouviram nem me deram atenção”, declara o Senhor. “Onde estão agora os seus antepassados? E os profetas, acaso vivem eles para sempre? Mas as minhas palavras e os meus decretos, que ordenei aos meus servos, os profetas, alcançaram os seus antepassados e os levaram a converter-se e a dizer: ‘O Senhor dos Exércitos fez conosco o que os nossos caminhos e práticas mereciam, conforme prometeu’”.

A Visão dos Cavalos

No vigésimo quarto dia do décimo primeiro mês, o mês de sebate[a], no segundo ano do reinado de Dario, a palavra do Senhor veio ao profeta Zacarias, filho de Berequias e neto de Ido. Durante a noite tive uma visão; apareceu na minha frente um homem montado num cavalo vermelho. Ele estava parado entre as murtas num desfiladeiro. Atrás dele havia cavalos vermelhos, marrons e brancos.

Então perguntei: Quem são estes, meu senhor? O anjo que estava falando comigo respondeu: “Eu lhe mostrarei quem são”.

10 O homem que estava entre as murtas explicou: “São aqueles que o Senhor enviou por toda a terra”.

11 E eles relataram ao anjo do Senhor que estava entre as murtas: “Percorremos toda a terra e a encontramos em paz e tranqüila”.

12 Então o anjo do Senhor respondeu: “Senhor dos Exércitos, até quando deixarás de ter misericórdia de Jerusalém e das cidades de Judá, com as quais estás indignado há setenta anos?”

13 Então o Senhor respondeu palavras boas e confortadoras ao anjo que falava comigo.

14 E o anjo me disse: “Proclame: Assim diz o Senhor dos Exércitos: ‘Eu tenho sido muito zeloso com Jerusalém e Sião, 15 mas estou muito irado contra as nações que se sentem seguras. Porque eu estava apenas um pouco irado com meu povo, mas elas aumentaram a dor que ele sofria!’

16 “Por isso, assim diz o Senhor: ‘Estou me voltando para Jerusalém com misericórdia, e ali o meu templo será reconstruído. A corda de medir será esticada sobre Jerusalém’, declara o Senhor dos Exércitos.

17 “Diga mais: Assim diz o Senhor dos Exércitos: ‘As minhas cidades transbordarão de prosperidade novamente, e o Senhor tornará a consolar Sião e a escolher Jerusalém’”.

Quatro Chifres e Quatro Artesãos

18 Depois eu olhei para o alto e vi quatro chifres. 19 Então perguntei ao anjo que falava comigo: O que é isso?

Ele me respondeu: “São os chifres que dispersaram Judá, Israel e Jerusalém”.

20 Depois o Senhor mostrou-me quatro artesãos. 21 Eu perguntei: O que eles vêm fazer?

Ele respondeu: “Ali estão os chifres que dispersaram Judá ao ponto de ninguém conseguir sequer levantar a cabeça, mas os artesãos vieram aterrorizar e quebrar esses chifres das nações que se levantaram contra o povo de Judá para dispersá-lo”.

Notas al pie

  1. 1.7 Aproximadamente janeiro/fevereiro.

Amplified Bible

Zechariah 1

A Call to Repentance

1In [a]the eighth month of the second year [of the reign] of [b]Darius [the king of Persia], the word of the Lord came to Zechariah (the Lord remembers) the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying, “The Lord was extremely angry with your fathers. Therefore say to the Jews, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts (armies), “Return to Me,” declares the Lord of hosts, “and I shall return to you. Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “Repent [that is, change your way of thinking] and return now from your evil way [of life] and from your evil deeds.”’ But they did not listen or pay attention to Me,” declares the Lord. “Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? But did not My words (warnings) and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, overtake your fathers? Then they repented and said, ‘As the Lord of hosts planned to do to us [in discipline and punishment], in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so has He dealt with us.’”’”

Patrol of the Earth

On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month (Feb 15, 519 b.c.), which is the month of Shebat, in the second year of [the reign of] Darius, the word of the Lord came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, as follows: In the night I saw [a vision] and behold, a [c]Man was riding on a red horse, and it stood among the myrtle trees that were in the ravine; and behind Him were horses: red, sorrel (reddish-brown), and white. Then I said, “O my lord, what are these?” And the [d]angel who was speaking with me said, “I will show you what these are.” 10 And the Man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, “These are the ones whom the Lord has sent to go throughout the earth and patrol it.” 11 And the men on the horses answered the [e]Angel of the Lord who stood among the myrtle trees and said, “We have gone throughout the earth [patrolling it] and behold, all the earth sits at rest [in peace and free from war].”

12 Then the Angel of the Lord said, “O Lord of hosts, how long will You withhold mercy and compassion from Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which You have had indignation and anger these seventy years [of the Babylonian captivity]?” 13 And the Lord answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious and comforting words. 14 So the angel who was speaking with me said to me, “Proclaim, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “I am jealous [with a burning, fiery passion] for Jerusalem and for Zion [demanding what is rightfully and uniquely mine] with a great jealousy. 15 But I am very angry with the [f]nations who are at ease and feel secure; for while I was only a little angry, they [g]furthered the disaster [against the people of Israel].” 16 Therefore, thus says the Lord, “I have returned to Jerusalem with mercy and compassion. My house shall be built in it,” says the Lord of hosts, “and a [h]measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem.”’ 17 Proclaim again, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, “My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord shall again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.”’”

18 Then I looked up, and saw four horns (powers)! 19 So I asked the angel who was speaking with me, “What are these?” And he answered me, “These are the horns [the powerful Gentile nations] that have scattered Judah (the Southern Kingdom), Israel (the Northern Kingdom), and Jerusalem (capital city of Judah).” 20 Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen. 21 I asked, “What are these [horns and craftsmen] coming to do?” And he said, “These are the horns (powers) that have scattered Judah so that no man raised up his head [because of the suffering inflicted by the Gentile nations]. But these craftsmen have come to terrify them and make them panic, and throw down the horns of the nations who have lifted up their horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter it.”

Notas al pie

  1. Zechariah 1:1 I.e. Oct/Nov 520 b.c.
  2. Zechariah 1:1 Darius the Great ruled Persia (capital city, Persepolis) from 522-486 b.c. He was an avid builder who used paid workers for his projects instead of slaves, a concept which at that time was revolutionary. He was a gifted visionary, and an energetic king whose social and economic goals endured and greatly benefited both his subjects and future generations. He developed efficient highways, standardized coinage, weights, measures, and he promoted religious tolerance and human rights.
  3. Zechariah 1:8 This Man is identified as the Angel of the Lord in 1:11, with capitalization used to indicate Him.
  4. Zechariah 1:9 This is the interpreting angel, mentioned in vv 9, 13, 14; 2:3; 4:1, 4, 5; 5:5, 10; 6:4, 5, and is not to be confused with the Man in v 8 or the Angel of the Lord in v 11.
  5. Zechariah 1:11 “Angel” has been capitalized here to reflect the likelihood that it is God appearing in a visible form (see note Gen 16:7).
  6. Zechariah 1:15 I.e. the powerful Gentile nations whom God used to punish the Israelites for their disobedience.
  7. Zechariah 1:15 The conquering nations sought to wipe out the children of Israel, an evil which exceeded God’s intended punishment.
  8. Zechariah 1:16 I.e. Jerusalem shall be rebuilt and restored to even greater glory.