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Cause of the captivity. CHAP. VII, VIIl. Jerusalem's restoration. 729 ve shall know that the LORD of hosts hath 1:

CHAP. VIII. sent me unto you. And this shall come 1 Jerusalemi's restoration. 9 Are encourto pass, if ye will diligently obey the aged to build the temple by God's favour. voice of the LORD your God.

A GAIN the word of the LORD of hosts CHAP. VII.

A came to me, saying, 1 The captives inquire of fasting. 4 Zech-. 2 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; I was

ariah reproveth their hypocrilical fast- | jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and *ing. 8 Sin the cause of their captivity. I was jealous for her with great fury. AND it came to pass in the fourth year 3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned A of king Darius, that the word of the unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth Jerusalem; and Jerusalem shall be called day of the ninth month, even in Chis- || a city of truth; and the mountain of the leu;

|| Lord of hosts the holy mountain. 2 When they had sent unto the house 4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There of God Sherezer and Regem-melech, and shall yet old men and old women dwell their men, to pray before the LORD, in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man

3 And to speak unto the priests which with his staff in his hand for very age. quere in the house of the LORD of hosts, 5 And the streets of the city shall be and to the prophets, saying, Should I weep full of boys and girls playing in the streets in the fifth month, separating myself, as thereof. I have done these so many years ?

6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts ; If it 4 Then came the word of the LORD || be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of hosts unto me, saying,

of this people in these days, should it also 5 Speak unto all the people of the land, be marvellous in mine eyes ? saith the and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted || Lord of hosts. and mourned in the fifth and seventh 17 Thus saith the Lord of hosts ; Bemonih, even those seventy years, did yehold, I will save my people from the east at all fast unto me, even to me?

country, and from the west country; . 6 And when ye did eat, and when ye 8 And I will bring them, and they shall did drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they and drink for yourselves?

shall be my people, and I will be their 7 Should ye not hear the words which | God, in truth and in righteousness. . the LORD hath cried by the former proph 9 f Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let ets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and in your hands be strong, ye that hear in these prosperity, and the cities thereof round days these words by themouth of the prophabout her, when men inhabited the south ets, which were in the day that the founand the plain?

dation of the house of the LORD of hosts 8 And the word of the LORD came was laid, that the temple might be built. unto Zechariah, saying,

10 For before these days there was no 9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, | hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neisaying, Execute true judgment, and shew ther was there any peace to him that mercy and compassions every man to his went out or came in because of the afbrother:

fiction : for 1 set all men every one a10 And oppress not the widow, nor the l gainst his neighbour. fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and 11 But now I will not be unto the resilet none of you imagine evil against his due of this people as in the former days, brother in your heart.

saith the Lord of hosts. 11 But they refused to hearken, and 12 For the seed shall be prosperous; pulled away the shoulder, and stopped | the vine shall give her fruit, and the ilieir ears, that they should not hear. ground shall give her increase, and the · 12 Yea, they made their hearts as an | heavens shall give their dew; and I will adamant stone, lest they should hear the cause the remnant of this people to poslaw, and the words which the LORD of || Sess all these things. hosts hath sent in his spirit by the former 13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye prophets : therefore came a great wrath were a curse among the heathen, house from the Lord of hosts.

of Judah, and house of Israel ; so will I 13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as save you, and ye shall be a blessing : fear he cried, and they would not hear; so not, but let your hands be strong. they cried, and I would not hear, saith 14 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; the LORD of hosts :

As I thought to punish you, when your · 14 But I scattered them with a whirl fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the wind among all the nations whom they | LORD of hosts, and I repented not : knew not. Thus the land was desolate | 15 So again have I thought in these after them, that no man passed through days to do well unto Jerusalem and to nor returned: for they laid the pleasant the house of Judah: fear ye not. land desolate.

16 These are the things that ye shall 730 God difendeih his church. ZECHARIAH, Zion is exhorted to rejuice. do; Speak ye every man the truth to his 'l house because of the army, because of neighbour ; execute the judgment of him that passeth by, and because of him truth and peace in your gates:

that returneth : and no oppressor shall 17 And let none of you imagine evil pass through them' any more : for now in your hearts against his neighbour; and have I seen with mine eyes. love no false oath: for all these are things il 9 Rejcice greatly, o daughter of Zion; that I hate, saith the Lord.

shout, daughter of Jerusalem: behold, 18 | And the word of the LORD of thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and hosts came unto me, saying,

having salvation ; lowly, and riding upoir 19 Thus saith the Lord of hosts ; The an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. fast of the fourth monih, and the fast of 10 And I will cut off the chariot from the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalemn, the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house and the battle-bow shall be cut off: and of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful he shall speak peace unto the heathen: feasts; therefore love the truth and peice. and his dominion shall be from sea even

20 Thus snith the Lord of hosts: It to sea, and from the river even to the shall yet come to pass, that there shall | ends of the earth. come people, and the inhabitants of many 11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy cities:

covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners 21 And the inhabitants of one city shall out of the pit wherein is no water. go to another, saying, Let us go speedily 12 Turn ye to the strong hold, ye prísto pray before the LORD, and to seek oners of hope : even to day do I declare the LORD of hosts : I will go also.

that I will render double unto thee; 22 Yeá, many people and strong na- || 13 When I have bent Judah for me, tions shall come to seek the LORD of filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, o the LORD.

Greece, and made thee as the sword of 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In | a mighty man. those days it shall come to pass, that ten | 14 And the LORD shall be seen over men shall take hold out of all languages | them, and his arrow shall go forth as the of the nations, even shall take hold of lightning: and the Lord God shall blow the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, the trumpet, and shall go with whirlWe will go with you; for we have heard winds of the south." that God is with you.

15 The Lord of hosts shall defend CHAP. IX.

them; and they shall devour, and subdue 1 God defendeth his church. 9 Zion is er- || with sling-stones; and they shall drink, horied lorejoice for the coming of Christ i and make a noise as through wine ; and THE burden of the word of the LORD they shall be filled like bowls, and as the

1 in the land of Hadrach, and Damas- || corners of the altar..." cus shall be the rest thereof: when the 16 And the LORD their God shall save eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Is- them in that day as the flock of his people: ráel, shall be toward the Lord.

for they shall be as the stones of a crowu, 2 And Hamath also shall border there- ! lifted up as an ensign upon his land. by ; Tyrus and Zidon, though it be very | 17 For how great is his goodness, and wise.

how great is his beauty! corn shall make 3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong | the young men cheerful, and new wine hold, and beaped up silver as the dust, the maids. and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

CHAP. X. 4 Beholl, thic LORD will cast her out, || 1 God is to be sought unto, and not idols. and he will smite her power in the sea; 5 The restoration of Judah prophesied. and she shall be devoured with fire. ASK ye of the Lord rain in the time

5 Ashkelon shall sce it, and fear; Gaza 1 of the latter rain; so the LORD shall also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and make bright clouds, and give them showEkron; for herexpectation shallbe asham-ers of rain, to every one grass in the field. ed ; and the king shall perish from Gaza, 1 2 For the idols have spoken vanity, und Ashkelon shall not be inhabited. and the diviners have seen a lie, and have

6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, l told false dreams; they comfort in vain : and I will cut off the pride of the Phil- therefore they went their way as a flock, istines.

they were troubled because there was 7. And I will take away his blood out no shepherd. of his mouth, and his abominations from 3 Mine angér was kindled against the between his teeth : but he that remain | shepherds, and I punished the goats: for eth, even he, shall be for our God, and the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock he shall be as a governor in Judah, and the house of Judah, and hath made thent Ekron as a Jebusite.

| as his goolly horse in the battle. 8 And I will encamp abont mine!' 4 Out of him came forth the corner

Restoration of Tudali firophesied. Cinap: x1, x11. Jerusalemi, a cup of trembling. 731 out of him the nail, out of him the battle- | out of their hand I will not deliver them. bow, out of him every oppressor together. 7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter,

5. And they shall be as mighty men, even you, O poor of the flock. And I which tread down their enemies in the took unto me two staves; the one I callmire of the streets in the battle : and ed Beauty, and the other I called Bands, they shall fight, because the LORD is with | and I fed the flock. them, and the riders on horses shall be 1.8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one confounded.

month ; and my soul loathed them, and 6 And I will strengthen the house of their soul also abhorred me. Judah, and I will save the house of Jo-1 9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that seph, and I will bring them again to place that dieth, let it die ; and that that is to them ; for I have mercy upon them: and be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the. they shall be as though I had not cast rest eat, every one the flesh of another. thein off: for I am the LORD their God, 10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and will hear them.

and cut it asunder, that I miglit break 7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a my covenant which I had made with all mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice the people. as through wine: yea, their children shall li 11 And it war broken in that day: and so see it, and be glad ; their heart shall re- | the poor of the flock that waited upon me joice in the LORD.

knew that it was the word of the LORD. 8 I will hiss for them, and gather | 12 And I said unto them, If ye think them; for I have redeemed them : and il good, give me my price ; and if not, forthey shall increase as they have increased. ! bear. So they weighed for my price

9 And I will sow them among the peo thirty pieces of silver. ple : and they shall remember me in far 13 And the Lord said unto me, Cast countries ; and they shall live with their lit unto the potter: a goodly price that I children, and turn again.

was prized at of them. And I took the 10 I will bring them again also out of thirty succes of silver, and cast them to the land of Egypt, and gather them out the potter in the house of the LORD. of Assyria ; and I will bring them into | 14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, the land of Gilead and Lebanon ; and even Bands, that I miglit break the brothplace shall not be found for them.

erhood between Judah and Israel. 11 And he shall pass through the sea 15 | And the Lord said unto me, Take with affliction, and shall smite the waves unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shepherd. shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria 16 For lo, I will raise up a shepherd in shall be brought down, and the sceptre the land, which shall not visit those that of Egypt shall depart away.

be cut off, neither shall seek the young 12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD ; and they shall walk up and down | feed that that standeth still : but he shall in his name, saitha the LORD.

eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their CHAP. XI.. 1 The destruction of Jerusalem. 10 The 17 Woe to the idle shepherd that leav

staves, Beauty and Bands., eth the flock! the sword shall be upon his OPEN thy doors, o Lebanon, that larm, and upon his right eye: his arm

the fire may devour thy cedars. shall be clean dried up, and his right eye 2 Howl, fir-tree, for the cedar is fall- | shall be utterly darkened. en ; because the mighty are spoiled :

CHAP. XII. howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest | 1 Jerusalem, a cup of trembling, 3 and a of the vintage is come down.

burdensome stone to her adversaries. 3 There is a voice of the lowling of 6 The victorious restoring of Judah. the sheplierds; for their glory is spoiled: THE burden of the word of the LORD a voice of the roaring of young lions ; for I for Israel, saith the LORD, which the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

stretcherh forth the heavens, and layeth . 4 'Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the foundation of the earth, and formeth the flock of the slaughter ;

the spirit of man within him. 5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup themselves not guilty : and they that sell of trembling unto all the people round them say, Blessed be the Lord; for I am || about, when they shall be in the siege rich:and their own shepherds pity them both against Judah and against Jerusalem. not.

3 'And in that day will I make Jeru6 For I will no more pity the inhabit- salem a burdensome stone for all people : ants of the land, saith the LORD : but lo, all that burden themselves with it shall be I will deliver the men every one into his cut in pieces, though all the people of the neighbour's hand, and into the hand of earth be gathered together against it. his king: and they shall smite the land, and I 4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will

782 Restoring of Judah. ZECHARIAN. The coming of Christ. smite every horse with astonishment, and 3 And it shall come to pass, that when ahis rider with madness : and I will open ny shall yet prophesy, then his father and mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and his mother that begat him shall say unto will smite every horse of the people with hup, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakblindness,

est lies in the name of the LORD : and his 5 And the governor's of Judah shall father and his mother that begat him shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Je thrust hiin through when he prophesieth. rusalem shall be my strength in the LORD 14 And it shall come to pass in that day, of hosts their God.

that the prophets shall be ashamed every 6 9 In that day will I make the govern- || one of his vision, when he hath propheors of Judah like a hearth of fire among sied; neither shall they wear a rough the wood, and like a torch of fire in a garment to deceive : sheaf; and they shall devour all the people 5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I round about, on the right hand and onam an husbandman; for man taught me the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited to keep cattle from my youth. again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 6 And one shall say unto him, What are

7 The Lord also shall save the tents of these wounds in thine hands? Then he

David and the glory of the inhabitants wounded in the house of my friends. of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves 7 Awake, O sword, against my shepagainst Judah.

herd, and against the man that is my fel8 In that day shall the LORD defend the low, saith the Lord of hosts : sinite the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is shepherd, and the sheep shall be scatterfeeble among them at that day shall be as ed : and I will turn mine hand upon the David ; and the house of David shall be as little ones. God, as the angel of the LORD before 8 And it shall come to pass, that in all them.

the land, saith the LORD, two parts theres 9 And it shall come to pass in that in shall be cut off and die ; but the third day, that I will seek to destroy all the na- shall be left therein. tions that come against Jerusalem. 1 9 And I will bring the third parts;

10 And I will pour upon the house of through the fire, and will refine them as David, and upon the inhabitants of Jeru- 1 silver is refined, and will try them as gold salem, the spirit of grace and of sappli- || is tried : they shall call on my name, and I cations : and they shall look upon me will hear them: I will say, It is my people; whom they have pierced, and they shall and they shall say, The Lord is my God. mourn for him, as oile mourneth for his

CHAP. XIV. only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, || 1 The destroyers of Jerusalem destroyas one that is in bitterness for his first-born. ed. 4 The coming of Christ, and the

11 In that day shall there be a great graces of his kingdom. mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourving of I DEHOLD, the day of the LORD comHadad-rimmon in the valley of Megiddon. I D eth, and thy spoil shall be divided in

12 And the land shall mourn, every || the midst of thee. family apart ; the family of the house of 2 For I will gather all nations against David apart, and their wives apart; the Jerusalem to battle ; and the city shall be family of the house of Nathan apart, and taken, and the houses rifled, and the womtheir wives apart ;

en ravished ; and half of the city shall go 13 The family of the house of Levi a- forth into captivity, and the residue of the part, and their wives apart ; the family | people shall not be cut off from the city. of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; 3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and

14 All the families that remain, every || fight against those nations, as when he family apart, and their wives apart. fought in the day of battle.

41 And his feet shall stand in that day 1 Jerusalem's purgation from idolatry, l upon the mount of Olives, which is be

and false prophecy. Ï The death of || fore Jerusalem on the east, and the mount Christ, and the saving and trial of a of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof third part.

toward the east and toward the west, anid IN that day there shall be a fountain there shall be a very great valley; and halt I opened to the house of David and to of the mountain shall remove toward the the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and north, and half of it toward the south. for uncleanness.

29 And it shall come to pass in that day, mountains ; for the valley of the mounsaith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off tains shall reach unto Azal : yea, ye shall the names of the idols out of the land, flee like as ye fled from before the earthand they shall no more be remembered: quake in the days of Uzziah king of Juand also I will cause the prophets and the dah : and the LORD my God shall come, unclean spirit to pass out of the land. and all the saints with thee,

The graces of Christ's kingdom. . CHÅP. I. "Jerusalem's enemies plagued. 733 6 And it shall come to pass in that day,ll round about shall be gathered together, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: gold, and silver, and apparel, in great a

7 But it shall be one day which shall bundance. be known to the LORD, not day, nor 15 And so shall be the plague of the night: bat it shall come to pass, that at horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of evening time it shall be light.'

the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be 8 And it shall be in that day, that liv- in these tents, as this plague. ing waters shall go out from Jerusalem ; i 16 And it shall come to pass, that every half of them toward the former sea, and one that is left of all the nations which halt of them toward the hinder sea: in came against Jerusalem shall even go up summer and in winter shall it be to, from year to year to worship the King,

9 And the LORD shall be king over all the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast the earth: in that day shall there be one of tabernacles. LORD, and his name one.

17 And it shall be, that whoso will not 10 All the land shall be turned as a come up of all the families of the earth plain from Geba to Rimmon, south of unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Jerisałem: and it shall be lifted up, and Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's no rain. gate unto the place of the first gate, unto | 18 And if the family of Egypt go not the corner gate, and from the tower of up, and come not, that have no rain ; Hananeel unto the king's wine-presses. there shall be the plague, wherewith the

11 And mon shall dwell in it, and there LORD will smite the heathen that come shall be no more utter destruction ; but not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

19 This shall be the punishment of E12 And this shall be the plague where- | gypt, and the punishment of all nations with the LORD will smite all the people that come not up to keep the feast of tabthat have fought against Jerusalem; Their ernacles. flesh shall consume away while they stand 20 In that day shall there be upon the upon their feet, and their eyes shall con-bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO sume away in their holes, and their tongue | THE LORD; and the pots in the Lord's shall consume away in their mouth, house shall be like the bowls before the

13 And it shall come to pass in that day, || altar. that a great tumult from the LORD shall | 21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in be among them; and they shall lay hold | Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of every one on the hand of his neighbour, | hosts : and all they that sacrifice shall and his hand shall rise up against the hand | come and take of them, and seethe thereof his neighbour.

in : and in that day there shall be no 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jeru- more the Canaanite in the house of the salem; and the wealth of all the heathen " Lord of hosts. sorrrrrrrrr woorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr


1 6 1 A son honoureth his father, and a 1 Malachi complaineth of Israel's unkind- l servant his master: if then I be a father,

ness, 6 irreligion, 12 and profaneness. where is mine honour? and if I be a masTHE burden of the word of the LORD || ter, where is my fear? saith the LORD of I to Israel by Malachi.

hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my 2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. name. And ye say, Wherein have we Yet ye say, Wherein hast thou loved us ? despised thy name? Was not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the 7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine Lord: yet I loved Jacob,

altar; and ye say, Wherein have we pol3 And I hated Esau, and laid his moun- luted thee? In that ye say, The table of tains and his heritage waste for the drag- the Lord is contemptible. ons of the wilderness.

8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, 4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impov-li is it not evil ? and if ye offer the lame erished, but we will return and build the and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto desolate places; thus saith the Lord of thy governor ; will he be pleased with hosts, They shall build, but I will throw thee, or accept thy person ? saith the down; and they shall call them, The bor LORD of hosts. der of wickedness, and, The people a 9 And now, I pray you, beseech Cod gainst whom the LORD hath indignation that he will be gracious unto us : this for ever.

hath been by your means : will he regard 5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall your person saith the Lord of hosts. say, The LORD will be magnitied from 10 Who is there even among you that the border of Israol.

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