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Zechariah 8 - NIV

The Lord Promises to Bless Jerusalem

1 The word of the Lord Almighty came to me.

2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”

3 This is what the Lord says: “I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”

4 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age.

5 The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”

6 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to me?” declares the Lord Almighty.

7 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west.

8 I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.”

9 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the house of the Lord Almighty.

10 Before that time there were no wages for people or hire for animals. No one could go about their business safely because of their enemies, since I had turned everyone against their neighbor.

11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,” declares the Lord Almighty.

12 “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people.

13 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse[a] among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing.[b] Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”

14 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Just as I had determined to bring disaster on you and showed no pity when your ancestors angered me,” says the Lord Almighty,

15 “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid.

16 These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts;

17 do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.

18 The word of the Lord Almighty came to me.

19 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.”

20 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come,

21 and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’

22 And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat him.”

23 This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’”


Footnotes

a. Zechariah 8:13 Or and your name will be used in blessings (see Gen. 48:20); or and you will be seen as blessed
b. Zechariah 8:13 That is, your name has been used in cursing (see Jer. 29:22); or, you have been regarded as under a curse.


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Bruce Lee avatar
By the Hem of His Robe
Shared by: Bruce Lee on Feb, 2016
Summary: God takes bruised and bleeding people and restores them to health and wholeness.
based on 3 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:23
Denomination: United Methodist
Views: 2,550
Ian Humphrey avatar
Conditions Of Blessing
Shared by: Ian Humphrey on Nov, 2015
Summary: Revival
Scripture: Zechariah 8:9-23
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 201
Paul Basehore avatar
Zechariah - Don't Quit!
Shared by: Paul Basehore on Nov, 2014
Summary: God has already won, and will always keep His promises. All we need to do is have enough faith to believe it!
Scripture: Zechariah 8:3-11
Denomination: Assembly Of God
Views: 1,425
W Pat Cunningham avatar
Cosmas, Damian and Lorenzo
Shared by: W Pat Cunningham on Sep, 2011
Summary: "Mere" laymen can have a long-lasting impact by doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.
Jerry Flury avatar
That Others Might Hear
Shared by: Jerry Flury on Jan, 2011
Summary: God tells Israel as He works within them He expects them to conduct themselves in such a way that others will hear that God is with them. I believe what God told Israel is wise advice to us. If we follow these words we'll be a source of blessing.
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:15-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,876
Dennis Davidson avatar
When Fasting Becomes Feasting
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Nov, 2010
Summary: Zechariah announces the divine blessing of faithful obedience to be realized during that time & in full during the future Messianic Age. At that time God's people will rejoice with great joy, gladness & experience popularity.
Series: Zechariah
based on 6 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:18-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 3,303
Dennis Davidson avatar
ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE PRESENT
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Oct, 2010
Summary: These people were only a few years out of the despair that failure brings but they were repentant & becoming obedient. So God gives them the assurance that He has responded to their repentance & obedience & has purposed a time of blessing.
Series: Zechariah
based on 5 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:9-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 7,526
Dennis Davidson avatar
THE CITY OF TRUTH
Shared by: Dennis Davidson on Oct, 2010
Summary: The incentive of future blessings is held out to the present as reason for repenting and living a heart-emanating kind, compassionate and righteous life. So here we have the assurance of full kingdom blessing for Zion and Jerusalem.
Series: Zechariah
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,893
Thomas Swope avatar
Good Times
Shared by: Thomas Swope on May, 2010
Summary: A study of chapter 8 verses 1 through 23
Series: Zechariah
Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-23
Denomination: Calvary Chapel
Views: 1,617
Steven Simala Grant avatar
Fasting to Feasting
Shared by: Steven Simala Grant on Jul, 2009
Summary: God specializes in taking hard, difficult, painful messes and turning them into something beautiful. He has done it in the past, and He will do it again.
Series: Zechariah
Scripture: Zechariah 8:18-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,031
Steven Simala Grant avatar
I Still Believe
Shared by: Steven Simala Grant on Jul, 2009
Summary: We believe that God will do that which seems “impossible”. We believe that God will take each opportunity, each act of service, each expression of love to one another and use that for His glory and His Kingdom.
Series: Zechariah
based on 1 rating
Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-8
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,840
Steven Simala Grant avatar
Let Your Hands Be Strong
Shared by: Steven Simala Grant on Jul, 2009
Summary: The “Lord of the angel armies” speaks, and says “I am here… you are not alone… I will give you strength – I will strengthen your hands – to finish the task.”
Series: Zechariah
based on 4 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:9-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,721
Joseph Smith avatar
A Harvest of Peace
Shared by: Joseph Smith on Nov, 2007
Summary: As gardeners grow beauty, so also we must grow peace: speak truth without prejudice; pass judgments but do something to help the troubled grow; pay attention to our own hearts; and settle for nothing less than Christ as the full truth.
based on 10 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:9-17
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 2,468
T. Michael Crews avatar
God's Passion for His People
Shared by: T. Michael Crews on Nov, 2006
Summary: Exposition of Zech. 8
based on 20 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 6,972
Tim Richards avatar
My Peace I Give Unto You
Shared by: Tim Richards on Sep, 2004
Summary: The third fruit of the Spirit, peace.
based on 195 ratings
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 48,738
Ewen Huffman avatar
Zechariah and the Messiah
Shared by: Ewen Huffman on Jul, 2004
Summary: A whistlestop tour and gospel look at the prophecies of Zechariah about Jesus. (Suits a communion service)
based on 22 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:23-13:2
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,185
Jimmy Giffin avatar
Get Over It And Get On With It
Shared by: Jimmy Giffin on Feb, 2004
Summary: A path for revival in the church.
based on 27 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-15
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 1,549
Paul George avatar
Looking to the Future
Shared by: Paul George on Sep, 2003
Summary: Zechariah’s answer to the question the delegation from Bethel asked about continuing or discontinuing the public fasts was in the form of reproof. In this chapter he is ordered to change his voice, and to speak words of encouragement to the obedient pri
based on 11 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-23
Denomination: Holiness
Views: 930
Kenneth  Trent avatar
THREE IRREFUTABLE TRUTHS
Shared by: Kenneth Trent on Aug, 2003
Summary: Needed in the world today is an uncompromising declaration of these three great truths which are clearly set forth in the Word of God.
based on 74 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:16
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,385
Joe Harding avatar
HAPPY DAYS ARE HERE AGAIN!
Shared by: Joe Harding on Sep, 2002
Summary: God’s Blessing brings the joy of His presence in and through our lives!
based on 25 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:18-23
Denomination: Baptist
Views: 1,946
Chris Appleby avatar
Attractive Faith
Shared by: Chris Appleby on Oct, 2000
Summary: God is a God who scatters those who oppose him, but who brings back those who belong to him.
based on 24 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 7:1-8:23
Denomination: Anglican
Views: 4,090
Daniel Schroeder avatar
“The Lord Wants Hearts That Say, ‘I'm Going!'”
Shared by: Daniel Schroeder on Dec, 2001
Summary: Why do we do share the good news of Jesus? Using the post-exilic prophet Zechariah, God is going to teach us about evangelism. He’s going to teach us the “why” of evangelism. Why do we do it?
based on 13 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:20-22
Denomination: Lutheran
Views: 761
Kevin Taylor avatar
It's Dew Time
Shared by: Kevin Taylor on Nov, 2000
Summary: Discover the 'dew' of God's glory!
based on 137 ratings
Scripture: Zechariah 8:11-12
Denomination: Church Of God
Views: 4,738