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Zec 2:10  Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the
Zec 2:11  And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will
dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
Zec 2:12  And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem."
Zec 2:13  Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling.

A Vision of Joshua the High Priest

Zec 3:1  Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan
standing at his right hand to accuse him.
Zec 3:2  And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, O Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem
rebuke you! Is not this a brand plucked from the fire?"
Zec 3:3  Now Joshua was standing before the angel, clothed with filthy garments.
Zec 3:4  And the angel said to those who were standing before him, "Remove the filthy garments from him."
And to him he said, "Behold, I have taken your iniquity away from you, and I will clothe you with pure
Zec 3:5  And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head and
clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD was standing by.
Zec 3:6  And the angel of the LORD solemnly assured Joshua,
Zec 3:7  "Thus says the LORD of hosts: If you will walk in my ways and keep my charge, then you shall rule
my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you the right of access among those who are standing
Zec 3:8  Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who
are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch.
Zec 3:9  For behold, on the stone that I have set before Joshua, on a single stone with seven eyes, I will
engrave its inscription, declares the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of this land in a single day.
Zec 3:10  In that day, declares the LORD of hosts, every one of you will invite his neighbor to come under his
vine and under his fig tree."

A Vision of a Golden Lampstand

Zec 4:1  And the angel who talked with me came again and woke me, like a man who is awakened out of his
Zec 4:2  And he said to me, "What do you see?" I said, "I see, and behold, a lampstand all of gold, with a bowl
on the top of it, and seven lamps on it, with seven lips on each of the lamps that are on the top of it.
Zec 4:3  And there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."
Zec 4:4  And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?"
Zec 4:5  Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" I
said, "No, my lord."
Zec 4:6  Then he said to me, "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: Not by might, nor by power, but by
my Spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
Zec 4:7  Who are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain.  And he shall bring
forward the top stone amid shouts of 'Grace, grace to it!'"
Zec 4:8  Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Zec 4:9  "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also complete it.
Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you.
Zec 4:10  For whoever has despised the day of small things shall rejoice, and shall see the plumb line in the
hand of Zerubbabel. "These seven are the eyes of the LORD, which range through the whole earth."
Zec 4:11  Then I said to him, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?"
Zec 4:12  And a second time I answered and said to him, "What are these two branches of the olive trees,
which are beside the two golden pipes from which the golden oil is poured out?"
Zec 4:13  He said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" I said, "No, my lord."
Zec 4:14  Then he said, "These are the two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth."

A Vision of a Flying Scroll

Zec 5:1  Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a flying scroll!
Zec 5:2  And he said to me, "What do you see?" I answered, "I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits,
and its width ten cubits."
Zec 5:3  Then he said to me, "This is the curse that goes out over the face of the whole land.  For everyone
who steals shall be cleaned out according to what is on one side, and everyone who swears falsely shall be
cleaned out according to what is on the other side.
Zec 5:4  I will send it out, declares the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter the house of the thief, and the house of
him who swears falsely by my name. And it shall remain in his house and consume it, both timber and stones."

A Vision of a Woman in a Basket

Zec 5:5  Then the angel who talked with me came forward and said to me, "Lift your eyes and see what this is
that is going out."
Zec 5:6  And I said, "What is it?" He said, "This is the basket that is going out." And he said, "This is their
iniquity in all the land."
Zec 5:7  And behold, the leaden cover was lifted, and there was a woman sitting in the basket!
Zec 5:8  And he said, "This is Wickedness." And he thrust her back into the basket, and thrust down the leaden
weight on its opening.
Zec 5:9  Then I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, two women coming forward! The wind was in their wings.
They had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven.
Zec 5:10  Then I said to the angel who talked with me, "Where are they taking the basket?"
Zec 5:11  He said to me, "To the land of Shinar, to build a house for it. And when this is prepared, they will set
the basket down there on its base."

A Vision of Four Chariots

Zec 6:1  Again I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains. And
the mountains were mountains of bronze.
Zec 6:2  The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses,
Zec 6:3  the third white horses, and the fourth chariot dappled horses—all of them strong.
Zec 6:4  Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these, my lord?"
Zec 6:5  And the angel answered and said to me, "These are going out to the four winds of heaven, after
presenting themselves before the Lord of all the earth.
Zec 6:6  The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the white ones go after them, and the
dappled ones go toward the south country."
Zec 6:7  When the strong horses came out, they were impatient to go and patrol the earth. And he said, "Go,
patrol the earth." So they patrolled the earth.
Zec 6:8  Then he cried to me, "Behold, those who go toward the north country have set my Spirit at rest in the
north country."

The Crown and the Temple

Zec 6:9  And the word of the LORD came to me:
Zec 6:10  "Take from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon, and go the same
day to the house of Josiah, the son of Zephaniah.
Zec 6:11  Take from them silver and gold, and make a crown, and set it on the head of Joshua, the son of
Jehozadak, the high priest.
Zec 6:12  And say to him, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he
shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.
Zec 6:13  It is he who shall build the temple of the LORD and shall bear royal honor, and shall sit and rule on
his throne. And there shall be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between them both."'
Zec 6:14  And the crown shall be in the temple of the LORD as a reminder to Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and
Hen the son of Zephaniah.
Zec 6:15  "And those who are far off shall come and help to build the temple of the LORD. And you shall know
that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. And this shall come to pass, if you will diligently obey the voice of
the LORD your God."

A Call for Justice and Mercy

Zec 7:1  In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the
ninth month, which is Chislev.
Zec 7:2  Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men to entreat the favor of
the LORD,
Zec 7:3  saying to the priests of the house of the LORD of hosts and the prophets, "Should I weep and abstain
in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?"
Zec 7:4  Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me:
Zec 7:5  "Say to all the people of the land and the priests, When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and
in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted?
Zec 7:6  And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat for yourselves and drink for yourselves?
Zec 7:7  Were not these the words that the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was
inhabited and prosperous, with her cities around her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?"
Zec 7:8  And the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying,
Zec 7:9  "Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another,
Zec 7:10  do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil
against another in your heart."
Zec 7:11  But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they
might not hear.
Zec 7:12  They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of
hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of hosts.
Zec 7:13  "As I called, and they would not hear, so they called, and I would not hear," says the LORD of hosts,
Zec 7:14  "and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land
they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate."

The Coming Peace and Prosperity of Zion

Zec 8:1  And the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying,
Zec 8:2  "Thus says the LORD of hosts: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with
great wrath.
Zec 8:3  Thus says the LORD: I have returned to Zion and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and Jerusalem
shall be called the faithful city, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts, the holy mountain.
Zec 8:4  Thus says the LORD of hosts: Old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem,
each with staff in hand because of great age.
Zec 8:5  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
Zec 8:6  Thus says the LORD of hosts: If it is marvelous in the sight of the remnant of this people in those
days, should it also be marvelous in my sight, declares the LORD of hosts?
Zec 8:7  Thus says the LORD of hosts: Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west
Zec 8:8  and I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be
their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness."
Zec 8:9  Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Let your hands be strong, you who in these days have been hearing
these words from the mouth of the prophets who were present on the day that the foundation of the house of the
LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built.
Zec 8:10  For before those days there was no wage for man or any wage for beast, neither was there any
safety from the foe for him who went out or came in, for I set every man against his neighbor.
Zec 8:11  But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as in the former days, declares the LORD of
Zec 8:12  For there shall be a sowing of peace. The vine shall give its fruit, and the ground shall give its
produce, and the heavens shall give their dew. And I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these
Zec 8:13  And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of
Israel, so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong."
Zec 8:14  For thus says the LORD of hosts: "As I purposed to bring disaster to you when your fathers provoked
me to wrath, and I did not relent, says the LORD of hosts,
Zec 8:15  so again have I purposed in these days to bring good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; fear
Zec 8:16  These are the things that you shall do: Speak the truth to one another; render in your gates
judgments that are true and make for peace;
Zec 8:17  do not devise evil in your hearts against one another, and love no false oath, for all these things I
hate, declares the LORD."
Zec 8:18  And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
Zec 8:19  "Thus says the LORD of hosts: The fast of the fourth month and the fast of the fifth and the fast of the
seventh and the fast of the tenth shall be to the house of Judah seasons of joy and gladness and cheerful
feasts. Therefore love truth and peace.
Zec 8:20  "Thus says the LORD of hosts: Peoples shall yet come, even the inhabitants of many cities.
Zec 8:21  The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, 'Let us go at once to entreat the favor of the
LORD and to seek the LORD of hosts; I myself am going.'
Zec 8:22  Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat
the favor of the LORD.
Zec 8:23  Thus says the LORD of hosts: In those days ten men from the nations of every tongue shall take hold
of the robe of a Jew, saying, 'Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'"

Judgment on Israel's Enemies

Zec 9:1  The oracle of the word of the LORD is against the land of Hadrach and Damascus is its resting place.
For the LORD has an eye on mankind and on all the tribes of Israel,
Zec 9:2  and on Hamath also, which borders on it, Tyre and Sidon, though they are very wise.
Zec 9:3  Tyre has built herself a rampart and heaped up silver like dust, and fine gold like the mud of the
Zec 9:4  But behold, the Lord will strip her of her possessions and strike down her power on the sea, and she
shall be devoured by fire.
Zec 9:5  Ashkelon shall see it, and be afraid; Gaza too, and shall writhe in anguish; Ekron also, because its
hopes are confounded. The king shall perish from Gaza; Ashkelon shall be uninhabited;
Zec 9:6  a mixed people shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of Philistia.
Zec 9:7  I will take away its blood from its mouth, and its abominations from between its teeth; it too shall be a
remnant for our God; it shall be like a clan in Judah, and Ekron shall be like the Jebusites.
Zec 9:8  Then I will encamp at my house as a guard, so that none shall march to and fro; no oppressor shall
again march over them, for now I see with my own eyes.

The Coming King of Zion

Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem!
Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on
a colt, the foal of a donkey.
Zec 9:10  I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim and the war horse from Jerusalem; and the battle bow shall be
cut off, and he shall speak peace to the nations; his rule shall be from sea to sea, and from the River to the
ends of the earth.
Zec 9:11  As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the
waterless pit.
Zec 9:12  Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.
Zec 9:13  For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will stir up your sons, O Zion,
against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.

The Lord Will Save His People

Zec 9:14  Then the LORD will appear over them, and his arrow will go forth like lightning; the Lord GOD will
sound the trumpet and will march forth in the whirlwinds of the south.
Zec 9:15  The LORD of hosts will protect them, and they shall devour, and tread down the sling stones, and
they shall drink and roar as if drunk with wine, and be full like a bowl, drenched like the corners of the altar.
Zec 9:16  On that day the LORD their God will save them, as the flock of his people; for like the jewels of a
crown they shall shine on his land.
Zec 9:17  For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty! Grain shall make the young men flourish,
and new wine the young women.

The Restoration for Judah and Israel

Zec 10:1  Ask rain from the LORD in the season of the spring rain, from the LORD who makes the storm
clouds, and he will give them showers of rain, to everyone the vegetation in the field.
Zec 10:2  For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give
empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.
Zec 10:3  "My anger is hot against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders; for the LORD of hosts cares for
his flock, the house of Judah, and will make them like his majestic steed in battle.
Zec 10:4  From him shall come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg, from him the battle bow, from him
every ruler—all of them together.
Zec 10:5  They shall be like mighty men in battle, trampling the foe in the mud of the streets; they shall fight
because the LORD is with them, and they shall put to shame the riders on horses.
Zec 10:6  "I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back
because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the LORD
their God and I will answer them.
Zec 10:7  Then Ephraim shall become like a mighty warrior, and their hearts shall be glad as with wine. Their
children shall see it and be glad; their hearts shall rejoice in the LORD.
Zec 10:8  "I will whistle for them and gather them in, for I have redeemed them, and they shall be as many as
they were before.
Zec 10:9  Though I scattered them among the nations, yet in far countries they shall remember me, and with
their children they shall live and return.
Zec 10:10  I will bring them home from the land of Egypt, and gather them from Assyria, and I will bring them to
the land of Gilead and to Lebanon, till there is no room for them.
Zec 10:11  He shall pass through the sea of troubles and strike down the waves of the sea, and all the depths
of the Nile shall be dried up. The pride of Assyria shall be laid low, and the scepter of Egypt shall depart.
Zec 10:12  I will make them strong in the LORD, and they shall walk in his name," declares the LORD.

The Flock Doomed to Slaughter

Zec 11:1  Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars!
Zec 11:2  Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, for the glorious trees are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan, for
the thick forest has been felled!
Zec 11:3  The sound of the wail of the shepherds, for their glory is ruined! The sound of the roar of the lions,
for the thicket of the Jordan is ruined!
Zec 11:4  Thus said the LORD my God: "Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter.
Zec 11:5  Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished, and those who sell them say, 'Blessed be
the LORD, I have become rich,' and their own shepherds have no pity on them.
Zec 11:6  For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the LORD. Behold, I will cause
each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbor, and each into the hand of his king, and they shall crush the
land, and I will deliver none from their hand."
Zec 11:7  So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders. And I took two
staffs, one I named Favor, the other I named Union. And I tended the sheep.
Zec 11:8  In one month I destroyed the three shepherds. But I became impatient with them, and they also
detested me.
Zec 11:9  So I said, "I will not be your shepherd. What is to die, let it die. What is to be destroyed, let it be
destroyed. And let those who are left devour the flesh of one another."
Zec 11:10  And I took my staff Favor, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples.
Zec 11:11  So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep traders, who were watching me, knew that it was the
word of the LORD.
Zec 11:12  Then I said to them, "If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them." And they
weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver.
Zec 11:13  Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"—the lordly price at which I was priced by them.
So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD, to the potter.
Zec 11:14  Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
Zec 11:15  Then the LORD said to me, "Take once more the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
Zec 11:16  For behold, I am raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care for those being destroyed, or
seek the young or heal the maimed or nourish the healthy, but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off
even their hoofs.
Zec 11:17  "Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May the sword strike his arm and his right
eye! Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!"

The Lord Will Give Salvation

Zec 12:1  The oracle of the word of the LORD concerning Israel: Thus declares the LORD, who stretched out
the heavens and founded the earth and formed the spirit of man within him:
Zec 12:2  "Behold, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of staggering to all the surrounding peoples. The siege
of Jerusalem will also be against Judah.
Zec 12:3  On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt
themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.
Zec 12:4  On that day, declares the LORD, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness. But
for the sake of the house of Judah I will keep my eyes open, when I strike every horse of the peoples with
Zec 12:5  Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, 'The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through
the LORD of hosts, their God.'
Zec 12:6  "On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming
torch among sheaves. And they shall devour to the right and to the left all the surrounding peoples, while
Jerusalem shall again be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem.
Zec 12:7  "And the LORD will give salvation to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and
the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not surpass that of Judah.
Zec 12:8  On that day the LORD will protect the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the feeblest among them on
that day shall be like David, and the house of David shall be like God, like the angel of the LORD, going before
Zec 12:9  And on that day I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

Him Whom They Have Pierced

Zec 12:10  "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and
pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as
one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
Zec 12:11  On that day the mourning in Jerusalem will be as great as the mourning for Hadad-rimmon in the
plain of Megiddo.
Zec 12:12  The land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of the house of David by itself, and their
wives by themselves; the family of the house of Nathan by itself, and their wives by themselves;
Zec 12:13  the family of the house of Levi by itself, and their wives by themselves; the family of the Shimeites
by itself, and their wives by themselves;
Zec 12:14  and all the families that are left, each by itself, and their wives by themselves.
The Book of Zechariah Notes

Zechariah 1    Call to repentance
Zechariah 1:18 - Zechariah 2   The Four Horns and the Four Craftsmen.  
         Man with a Measuring Line.
Zechariah 3    Christ Intervenes for us as our High Priest.
Zechariah 4    The Lampstand and Two Olive Trees.    The Tabernacle.
Zechariah 5    The Flying Scroll.  The Woman and the Ephah.
Zechariah 6    The Four Chariots The Crowning of Joshua.
Zechariah 7    Attitudes of Obedience.  The Question of Fasting.
Zechariah 8    Are we serving ourselves or God?  
Zechariah 9    Alexander the Great.  The Unexpected King.
Zechariah 10  Idols.  Shepherds.  The Coming One.
Zechariah 11  The Good Shepherd.  The Coming World Leader.
Zechariah 12  The Siege of Jerusalem.  The Pierced One.  
         Rabbinical view of two Messiahs.  The Aleph and the Tau.
Zechariah 13  False Prophets.  The Smitten One.
Zechariah 14  The return and reign of the Messiah.
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