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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”.

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New International Reader's Version

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.”