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Zechariah 1 - NIV

A Call to Return to the Lord

1 In 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.

3 Therefore 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.

4 Do 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.

5 Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever?

6 But 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

7 On 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.

8 During 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.

9 I asked, “What are these, my lord?”
The angel who was talking with me answered, “I will show you what they are.”

10 Then the man standing among the myrtle trees explained, “They are the ones the Lord has sent to go throughout the earth.”

11 And 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.”

12 Then 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?”

13 So the Lord spoke kind and comforting words to the angel who talked with me.

14 Then 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,

15 and 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

18 Then I looked up, and there before me were four horns.

19 I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these?”
He answered me, “These are the horns that scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem.”

20 Then the Lord showed me four craftsmen.

21 I 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.”[a]


Footnotes

a. Zechariah 1:21 In Hebrew texts 1:18-21 is numbered 2:1-4.


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Summary: ‘Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts (4:6).
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Scripture: Zechariah 1:18-21
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Shared by: Thomas Swope on Apr, 2010
Summary: A study of chapter 1 verses 1 through 20
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Scripture: Zechariah 1:1-20
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Shared by: Johnny Palmer on Mar, 2010
Summary: Introductin to the book of Zechariah
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The Horns & the Craftsmen
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Jan, 2010
Summary: This revelation serves to greatly encourage His people's hopes & faith for it shows how entirely God knows the outcome of all circumstances & how completely all results lie in His hand & His purposes.
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Scripture: Zechariah 1:18
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Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Jan, 2010
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Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Jan, 2010
Summary: After Zechariah's opening sermon on repentance a new section of prophecy is given in the form of a series of night visions. After Zechariah followed the Lord's 1st instructions - to preach repentance-the Lord continued to speak to him.
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Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Dec, 2009
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Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Dec, 2009
Summary: Zechariah was anointed by God’s Spirit, who took him to heights of messianic revelation rarely equaled. He not only reveals a God who is able to protect His people, but a God who has given us what we need to know His Messiah & His plan for the future.
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Shared by: Steven Simala Grant on Jul, 2009
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Shared by: Steven Simala Grant on Jul, 2009
Summary: “Shout this message for all to hear: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: My love for Jerusalem and Mount Zion is passionate and strong
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Scripture: Zechariah 1:1-17
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Shared by: Michael Trigg on Oct, 2006
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Series: Zechariah
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Shared by: Michael Trigg on Feb, 2006
Summary: ‘What will you do with the grace of God?’ He has offered you salvation, free and complete in every way.
Series: Zechariah
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Scripture: Zechariah 1:1-6
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The Defender
Shared by: Paul George on Sep, 2003
Summary: On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, Zechariah the prophet, saw a man riding a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel and white horses behind him."
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Scripture: Zechariah 1:7-17
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Views: 1,511
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Shared by: Paul George on Jul, 2003
Summary: Repentance, a prerequiste to experinence the blessings in the Book of Zechariah
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Scripture: Zechariah 1:1-6
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Jeff Simms avatar
A Call From God
Shared by: Jeff Simms on May, 2003
Summary: To encourage repentance and a right relationship with God
based on 122 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 1:1-6
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Views: 3,034
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Four Horns and Four Craftsmen
Shared by: Jeff Simms on May, 2003
Summary: To show how God is at work in history to accomplish His Sovereign will and plan
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Scripture: Zechariah 1:18-21
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The Visions of Zechariah
Shared by: Jeff Simms on May, 2003
Summary: How God is at work in history to accomplish His tasks and how God blesses the faithfulness of His children
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Shared by: Chris Appleby on Oct, 2000
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