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Prophets After the Exile

(Category 12 of 16)

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CHAPTER 5 References

1 aEzek. 2:9
3 aMal. 4:6
4 aEx. 20:15
bLev. 19:12
cLev. 14:34, 35
6 1Heb. ephah,
a measuring
container, and
so elsewhere
8 1Lit. stone
9 aLev. 11:13,
10 aZech. 5:5
11 aJer. 29:5,
28 bGen. 10:10

CHAPTER 6 References

2 aZech. 1:8
bRev. 6:5

Vision of the Flying Scroll


1 Then I turned and raised my eyes, and saw there a flying ascroll.
2 And he said to me, “What do you see?” So I answered, “I see a flying scroll. Its length is twenty cubits and its width ten cubits.”
3 Then he said to me, “This is the acurse that goes out over the face of the whole earth: ‘Every thief shall be expelled,’ according to this side of the scroll; and, ‘Every perjurer shall be expelled,’ according to that side of it.”

4 “I will send out the curse,” says the LORD of hosts; “It shall enter the house of the athief And the house of bthe one who swears falsely by My name. It shall remain in the midst of his house And consume cit, with its timber and stones.”

Vision of the Woman in a Basket

5 Then the angel who talked with me came out and said to me, “Lift your eyes now, and see what this is that goes forth.”
6 So I asked, “What is it?” And he said, “It is a 1basket that is going forth.” He also said, “This is their resemblance throughout the earth:
7 “Here is a lead disc lifted up, and this is a woman sitting inside the basket”;
8 then he said, “This is Wickedness!” And he thrust her down into the basket, and threw the lead 1cover over its mouth.
9 Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were two women, coming with the wind in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a astork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven.
10 So I said to the aangel who talked with me, “Where are they carrying the basket?”
11 And he said to me, “To abuild a house for it in bthe land of 1Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”

Vision of the Four Chariots


1 Then I turned and raised my eyes and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming from between two mountains, and the mountains were mountains of bronze.
2 With the first chariot were ared horses, with the second chariot bblack horses,

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3 with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot dappled horses—strong steeds.
4 Then I answered aand said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
5 And the angel answered and said to me, a“These are four spirits of heaven, who go out from their bstation before the Lord of all the earth.
6 1“The one with the black horses is going to athe north country, the white are going after them, and the dappled are going toward the south country.”
7 Then the strong steeds went out, eager to go, that they might awalk to and fro throughout the earth. And He said, “Go,walk to and fro throughout the earth.” So they walked to and fro throughout the earth.
8 And He called to me, and spoke to me, saying, “See, those who go toward the north country have given rest to My aSpirit in the north country.”

The Command to Crown Joshua

9 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
10 “Receive the gift from the captives— from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon— and go the same day and enter the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah.
11 “Take the silver and gold, make aan1 elaborate crown, and set it on the head of bJoshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
12 “Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, saying:

“Behold, athe Man whose name is the bBRANCH! From His place He shall 1branch out, cAnd He shall build the temple of the LORD;
13 Yes, He shall build the temple of the LORD. He ashall bear the glory, And shall sit and rule on His throne; So bHe shall be a priest on His throne, And the counsel of peace shall be between 1them both.” ’

14 “Now the 1elaborate crown shall be afor a memorial in the temple of the LORD 2for Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah.
15 “Even athose from afar shall come and build the temple of the LORD. Then you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent Me to you. And this shall come to pass if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.”

4 aZech. 5:10
5 a[Heb. 1:7,
14] bDan. 7:10
6 aJer. 1:14
1The chariot
7 aGen. 1:10
8 aEccl. 10:4
11 aEx. 29:6
bHag. 1:1 1Lit.
12 aJohn 1:45
bZech. 3:8
c[Eph. 2:20] 1Lit. sprout
13 aIs. 22:24
bPs. 110:4
1Both offices
14 aEx. 12:14
1Lit. crowns
2So with MT,
Tg.,Vg.; Syr.
for Heldai (cf.
v. 10); LXX
for the
patient ones
15 aIs. 57:19

CHAPTER 7 References

2 1Lit. they, cf.
v. 5 2Or Sar-
Ezer 3Heb.
Bethel 4Or to
entreat the
favor of
3 aMal. 2:7
bZech. 8:19
1Lit. consecrate
5 a[Is. 58:1–9] bJer. 41:1
cZech. 1:12
d[Rom. 14:6] 6 a1 Chr. 29:22
7 aZech. 1:4
bJer. 17:26
1Heb. Negev
9 aJer. 7:28
1Or lovingkindness
10 aEx. 22:22
bMic. 2:1
11 aNeh. 9:29
bJer. 17:23
1Lit. gave a
stubborn or
shoulder 2Lit.
made their
ears heavy
12 aEzek.
11:19 bNeh.
9:29, 30 cDan.
9:11, 12
13 aProv. 1:24–
14 aDeut. 4:27;

Obedience Better than Fasting


1 Now in the fourth year of King Darius it came to pass that the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, on the fourth day of the ninth month, Chislev,
2 when 1the people sent 2Sherezer, with Regem-Melech and his men, to 3the house of God, 4to pray before the LORD,
3 and to aask the priests who were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and the prophets, saying, “Should I weep in bthe fifth month and 1fast as I have done for so many years?”
4 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
5 “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you afasted and mourned in the fifth band seventh months cduring those seventy years, did you really fast dfor Me—for Me?
6 a‘When you eat and when you drink, do you not eat and drink for yourselves?
7 ‘Should you not have obeyed the words which the LORD proclaimed through the aformer prophets when Jerusalem and the cities around it were inhabited and prosperous, and bthe 1South and the Lowland were inhabited?’ ”

Disobedience Resulted in Captivity

8 Then the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying,
9 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: a‘Execute true justice, Show 1mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.
10 aDo not oppress the widow or the fatherless, The alien or the poor. bLet none of you plan evil in his heart Against his brother.’

11 “But they refused to heed, ashrugged1 their shoulders, and bstopped2 their ears so that they could not hear.
12 “Yes, they made their ahearts like flint, brefusing to hear the law and the words which the LORD of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. cThus great wrath came from the LORD of hosts.
13 “Therefore it happened, that just as He proclaimed and they would not hear, so athey called out and I would not listen,” says the LORD of hosts.
14 “But aI scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations which they had not known. Thus the land became desolate after them, so that no one passed through or returned; for they made the pleasant land desolate.”

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Jerusalem, Holy City of the Future


1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying,
2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

a‘I am 1zealous for Zion with great 2zeal; With great 3fervor I am zealous for her.’

3 “Thus says the LORD:

a‘I will return to Zion, And bdwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Jerusalem cshall be called the City of Truth, dThe Mountain of the LORD of hosts, eThe Holy Mountain.’

4 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

a‘Old men and old women shall again sit In the streets of Jerusalem, Each one with his staff in his hand Because of 1great age.
5 The streets of the city Shall be afull of boys and girls Playing in its streets.’

6 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

‘If it is 1marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, aWill it also be marvelous in My eyes?’ Says the LORD of hosts.

7 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

‘Behold, aI will save My people from the land of the 1east And from the land of the 2west;
8 I will abring them back, And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. bThey shall be My people And I will be their God, cIn truth and righteousness.’

9 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

a‘Let your hands be strong, You who have been hearing in these days These words by the mouth of bthe prophets, Who spoke in cthe day the foundation was laid For the house of the LORD of hosts, That the temple might be built.
10 For before these days There were no awages for man nor any hire for beast; There was no peace from the enemy for whoever went out or came in; For I set all men, everyone, against his neighbor.

CHAPTER 8 References

2 aJoel 2:18;
Nah. 1:2;
Zech. 1:14 1Or
jealous 2Or
jealousy 3Lit.
heat or rage
3 aZech. 1:16
bZech. 2:10,
11 cIs. 1:21
d[Is. 2:2, 3] eJer. 31:23
4 a1 Sam. 2:31;
Is. 65:20 1Lit.
many days
5 aJer. 30:19,
6 a[Gen. 18:14;
Luke 1:37] 1Or wonderful
7 aPs. 107:3;
Is. 11:11;
Ezek. 37:21
1Lit. rising
sun 2Lit. setting
8 aZeph. 3:20;
Zech. 10:10
b[Jer. 30:22;
31:1, 33; Zech.
13:9] cJer. 4:2
9 a1 Chr.
22:13; Is. 35:4;
Hag. 2:4 bEzra
5:1, 2; 6:14;
Zech. 4:9
cHag. 2:18
10 aHag. 1:6, 9
11 a[Ps. 103:9];
Is. 12:1; Hag.
12 aJoel 2:22
bPs. 67:6
cHag. 1:10
1Lit. seed of
13 aJer. 42:18
bGen. 12:2;
Ruth 4:11, 12;
Is. 19:24, 25;
Ezek. 34:26;
[Zeph. 3:20] 14 aJer. 31:28
b[2 Chr. 36:16] 1Lit. bring
calamity to
16 aZech. 7:9,
10 bPs. 15:2;
Zech. 8:3;
[Eph. 4:25] 17 aProv. 3:29;
Jer. 4:14;
Zech. 7:10
1Lit. his
19 aJer. 52:6
bJer. 52:12
c2 Kin. 25:25;
Jer. 41:1, 2
dJer. 52:4
eEsth. 8:17
fZech. 8:16;
Luke 1:74, 75
21 a[Is. 2:2, 3;
Mic. 4:1, 2]


11 a‘But now I will not treat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ says the LORD of hosts.

12 ‘Fora the 1seed shall be prosperous, The vine shall give its fruit, bThe ground shall give her increase, And cthe heavens shall give their dew— I will cause the remnant of this people To possess all these.
13 And it shall come to pass That just as you were aa curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, So I will save you, and byou shall be a blessing. Do not fear, Let your hands be strong.’

14 “For thus says the LORD of hosts:

a‘Just as I determined to 1punish you When your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’ Says the LORD of hosts, b‘And I would not relent,
15 So again in these days I am determined to do good To Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not fear.
16 These are the things you shall ado: bSpeak each man the truth to his neighbor; Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
17 aLet none of you think evil in 1your heart against your neighbor; And do not love a false oath. For all these are things that I hate,’ Says the LORD.”

18 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
19 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

a‘The fast of the fourth month, bThe fast of the fifth, cThe fast of the seventh, dAnd the fast of the tenth, Shall be ejoy and gladness and cheerful feasts For the house of Judah. fTherefore love truth and peace.’

20 “Thus says the LORD of hosts:

‘Peoples shall yet come, Inhabitants of many cities;
21 The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, a“Let us continue to go and pray before the LORD,

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And seek the LORD of hosts. I myself will go also.”
22 Yes, amany peoples and strong nations Shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, And to pray before the LORD.’

23 “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘In those days ten men afrom every language of the nations shall bgrasp the 1sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard cthat God is with you.” ’ ”

22 aIs. 60:3;
66:23; [Zech.
14:16–21] 23 aIs. 3:6 b[Is.
45:14] c1 Cor.
14:25 1Lit.
wing, corner
of a garment

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Assurance of God’s Eternal Protection

To the Chief Musician. On 1a stringed instrument. A Psalm of David.

1 HEAR my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

3 For You have been a shelter for me, aA strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in Your 1tabernacle forever; aI will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah

PSALM 61 References

title 1Heb.
3 aProv. 18:10
4 aPs. 91:4
7 aPs. 40:11
1Lit. guard or

5 For You, O God, have heard my vows; You have given me the heritage of those who fear Your name.
6 You will prolong the king’s life, His years as many generations.
7 He shall abide before God forever. Oh, prepare mercy aand truth, which may 1preserve him!

8 So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may daily perform my vows.




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