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.
Isiraeli Gwĩtwo Macookerere Jehova
11:1 Ezar 4:24; Neh 12:4Na rĩrĩ, mweri wa ĩnana wa mwaka wa keerĩ wa ũthamaki wa Dario, ndũmĩrĩri ya Jehova nĩyakinyĩire mũnabii Zekaria, mũrũ wa Berekia, mũrũ wa Ido, akĩĩrwo atĩrĩ:
2“Jehova nĩarakaririo mũno nĩ maithe manyu ma tene. 31:3 Mal 3:7; Jak 4:8Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ĩra andũ atĩrĩ, Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe ekuuga ũũ: ‘Njookererai, nĩguo Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe ekuuga, na niĩ nĩngũmũcookerera,’ ũguo nĩguo Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe ekuuga. 41:4 Jer 6:17; Thab 106:6Mũtikahaane ta maithe manyu ma tene arĩa maahunjagĩrio nĩ anabii a tene, makeerwo atĩrĩ: Ũũ nĩguo Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe ekuuga: ‘Garũrũkai mũtige mĩthiĩre yanyu mĩũru o na mĩtugo yanyu mĩũru.’ No makĩaga kũnjigua kana kũrũmbũiya uuge wakwa, nĩguo Jehova ekuuga. 5Maithe manyu ma tene makĩrĩ kũ rĩu? Nao anabii-rĩ, nĩmatũũraga nginya tene? 61:6 Isa 44:26; Maca 2:17No rĩrĩ, githĩ ndũmĩrĩri yakwa na irĩra ciakwa cia kũrũmĩrĩrwo, iria ndaathĩte ndungata ciakwa cia anabii itiahingĩirio maithe manyu ma tene?
“Hĩndĩ ĩyo makĩĩrira makiuga atĩrĩ, ‘Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe atwĩkĩte kũringana na ũrĩa mĩthiĩre na mĩtugo iitũ ĩtariĩ, o ta ũrĩa aatuĩte nĩegwĩka.’ ”
Mũndũ ũrĩa warĩ Mĩtĩ-inĩ ya Mĩhandathi
7Mũthenya wa mĩrongo ĩĩrĩ na ĩna wa mweri wa ikũmi na ũmwe, mweri ũcio wa Shebati, mwaka-inĩ wa keerĩ wa ũthamaki wa Dario, ndũmĩrĩri ya Jehova nĩyakinyĩire mũnabii Zekaria, mũrũ wa Berekia, mũrũ wa Ido.
81:8 Kũg 6:4; Zek 6:2-7Nĩndonire kĩoneki ũtukũ, na rĩrĩ, mbere yakwa ngĩona mũndũ wahaicĩte mbarathi ndune! Mũndũ ũcio aarũgamĩte mĩtĩ-inĩ ya mĩhandathi yarĩ handũ mũkuru-inĩ. Thuutha wake nĩ haarĩ mbarathi ĩmwe ndune, na ingĩ cia gĩĩtĩĩri na ingĩ njerũ.
91:9 Zek 4:1, 4-5; Dan 7:16Na niĩ ngĩũria atĩrĩ, “Mwathi wakwa, ici nacio nĩ cia kĩ?”
Mũraika ũcio waaragia na niĩ akĩnjookeria atĩrĩ, “Nĩngũkwĩra nĩ cia kĩ.”
10Nake mũndũ ũcio warũngiĩ mĩtĩ-inĩ ya mĩhandathi akĩndaarĩria akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, “Aya nĩo Jehova atũmĩte mathiĩ thĩ yothe.”
111:11 Isa 14:7; Kĩam 16:7Nao magĩcookia ũhoro kũrĩ mũraika wa Jehova, ũrĩa warũngiĩ mĩtĩ-inĩ ya mĩhandathi, makĩmwĩra atĩrĩ, “Nĩtũthiĩte thĩ yothe na tũkoona atĩ thĩ nĩĩhooreire na ĩrĩ na thayũ.”
121:12 Thab 6:3; Jer 40:5Ningĩ mũraika ũcio wa Jehova akĩũria atĩrĩ, “Nĩ nginya rĩ, Wee Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe, ũkwaga kũiguĩra Jerusalemu na matũũra ma Juda tha, marĩa ũkoretwo ũrakarĩire mĩaka mĩrongo mũgwanja?” 131:13 Ayub 15:11; Zek 4:1Nĩ ũndũ ũcio Jehova agĩkĩarĩria mũraika ũcio twaragia nake na ciugo njega na cia kũhoorerania.
14Nake mũraika ũcio wanjaragĩria akĩnjĩĩra atĩrĩ, “Anĩrĩra ndũmĩrĩri ĩno: Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe ekuuga atĩrĩ, ‘Nĩnjiguaga ũiru nĩ ũndũ wa Jerusalemu na Zayuni, 151:15 2Maũ 28:9; Amos 1:11no rĩrĩ, nĩndakarĩtio mũno nĩ ndũrĩrĩ iria ciĩiguaga irĩ ngitĩre. Ndaarakarĩire andũ akwa o hanini, no ndũrĩrĩ icio igĩkĩrĩrĩria kũmanyamaria.’
161:16 Zek 2:1-2; Ezar 1:1“Nĩ ũndũ ũcio, Jehova ekuuga ũũ: ‘Nĩngacooka itũũra rĩa Jerusalemu ndĩrĩiguĩre tha, nayo nyũmba yakwa yakwo kuo rĩngĩ. Naruo rũrigi rũa gũthima nĩrũgatambũrũkio Jerusalemu,’ ũguo nĩguo Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe ekuuga.
171:17 Isa 40:1; Ezar 9:9“Ningĩ ũthiĩ na mbere na kwanĩrĩra uuge atĩrĩ: Jehova Mwene-Hinya-Wothe ekuuga ũũ, ‘Matũũra makwa nĩmakaiyũrĩrĩra ũgaacĩru rĩngĩ, nake Jehova nĩakahooreria Zayuni rĩngĩ na ethuurĩre Jerusalemu.’ ”
Hĩa Inya na Mabundi Mana
18Ningĩ ngĩtiira maitho, na rĩrĩ, mbere yakwa ngĩona hĩa inya! 191:19 Amos 6:13Ngĩũria mũraika ũcio wanjaragĩria atĩrĩ, “Ici nacio nĩ cia kĩ?”
Nake akĩnjookeria atĩrĩ, “Ici nĩcio hĩa iria ciaharaganirie Juda, na Isiraeli, na Jerusalemu.”1:19 Hĩa icio inya ciarĩ mabũrũri ma Ashuri, na Misiri, na Babuloni, na Perisia.
20Nake Jehova agĩcooka akĩnyonia mabundi mana. 211:21 Thab 75:10Na niĩ ngĩmũũria atĩrĩ, “Aya-rĩ, marooka gwĩka atĩa?”
Nake akĩnjookeria atĩrĩ, “Ici nĩcio hĩa iria ciaharaganirie Juda nĩguo gũtigacooke kuoneka mũndũ ũkwĩhaanda, no mabundi maya, mokĩte kũmamakia na magũithie hĩa icio cia ndũrĩrĩ, iria ciambararirie hĩa ciao igĩũkĩrĩra bũrũri wa Juda, nĩguo andũ akuo maharaganio.”