NASB — Zechariah 8 — KJV

The Coming Peace and Prosperity of Zion

1 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came, saying, 2 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘I am aexceedingly jealous for Zion, yes, with great wrath I am jealous for her.’ 3 Thus says the LORD, ‘I will return to Zion and will adwell in the midst of Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the City of bTruth, and the mountain of the LORD of hosts [will be called] the Holy Mountain.’ 4 Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘aOld men and old women will again sit in the Istreets of Jerusalem, each man with his staff in his hand because of IIage. 5 And the Istreets of the city will be filled with aboys and girls playing in its Istreets.’ 6 Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘If it is Iatoo difficult in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, will it also be Ibtoo difficult in My sight?’ declares the LORD of hosts. 7 Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to save My people from the land of the Iaeast and from the land of the IIwest; 8 and I will abring them [back] and they will blive in the midst of Jerusalem; and they shall be cMy people, and I will be their God in Itruth and righteousness.’

[2] aZc 1:14
[3] aZc 2:10, 11 bZc 8:16, 19
[4] IOr squares IILit the multitude of days aIs 65:20
[5] IOr squares aJr 30:19, 20; 31:12, 13
[6] IOr wonderful aPs 118:23; 126:1-3 bJr 32:17, 27
[7] ILit rising IILit setting sun aPs 107:3; Is 11:11; 27:12, 13; 43:5
[8] IOr faithfulness aZp 3:20; Zc 10:10 bJr 3:17; Ezk 37:25 cEzk 11:20; 36:28; Zc 2:11

9 ¶ “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Let your hands be astrong, you who are listening in these days to these words from the mouth of the bprophets, [those] who [spoke] in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, to the end that the temple might be built. 10 For before those days there was ano wage for man or any wage for animal; and for him who went out or came in there was no Ibpeace because of IIhis enemies, and I cset all men one against another. 11 But now I will anot Itreat the remnant of this people as in the former days,’ declares the LORD of hosts. 12 ‘For [there will be] apeace for the seed: the vine will yield its fruit, the land will yield its produce and the heavens will give their bdew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit call these [things]. 13 It will come about that just as you were a acurse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a bblessing. Do not fear; let your chands be strong.’

[9] a1Ch 22:13; Is 35:4; Hg 2:4 bEzr 5:1; 6:14
[10] IOr safety IILit the adversary aHg 2:15-19 b2Ch 15:5 cIs 19:2; Am 3:6; 9:4
[11] ILit be to the aPs 103:9; Is 12:1; Hg 2:19
[12] aLv 26:3-6 bGn 27:28; Dt 33:13, 28; Ho 13:3 cIs 61:7; Ob 17
[13] aJr 29:18; Dn 9:11 bPs 72:17; Is 19:24, 25; Ezk 34:26; Zc 14:11 cZc 8:9

14 ¶ “For thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Just as I apurposed to do harm to you when your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘and I have not brelented, 15 so I have again purposed in these days to ado good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. bDo not fear! 16 These are the things which you should do: speak the atruth to one another; bjudge with truth and judgment for peace in your Igates. 17 Also let none of you adevise evil in your heart against another, and do not love Ibperjury; for all these are what I chate,’ declares the LORD.”

[14] aJr 31:28 bJr 4:28; Ezk 24:14
[15] aJr 29:11; Mi 7:18-20 bZc 8:13
[16] II.e. the place where court was held aPs 15:2; Pv 12:17-19; Zc 8:3; Ep 4:25 bIs 9:7; 11:4, 5; Zc 7:9
[17] ILit false oath aPv 3:29; Jr 4:14; Zc 7:10 bZc 5:4; Mal 3:5 cPv 6:16-19; Hab 1:13

18 ¶ Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 19 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘The fast of the afourth, the fast of the bfifth, the fast of the cseventh and the fast of the dtenth [months] will become ejoy, gladness, and Icheerful feasts for the house of Judah; so flove truth and peace.’

[19] IOr goodly a2K 25:3, 4; Jr 39:2 bZc 7:3, 5 c2K 25:25; Zc 7:5 dJr 52:4 ePs 30:11; Is 12:1 fZc 8:16; Lk 1:74, 75

20 ¶ “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘[It will] yet [be] that apeoples will come, even the inhabitants of many cities. 21 The inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, “Let us go at once to aentreat the favor of the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts; II will also go.” 22 So amany peoples and mighty nations will come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem and to bentreat the favor of the LORD.’ 23 Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all the Inations will IIagrasp the IIIgarment of a Jew, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”

[20] aPs 117:1; Jr 16:19; Mi 4:2, 3; Zc 2:11; 14:16
[21] IOr let me go too aZc 7:2
[22] aIs 2:2, 3; 25:7; 49:6, 22, 23; 60:3-12 bZc 8:21
[23] ILit languages of the nations IILit grasp, and they will grasp IIIOr corner of the garment aIs 45:14, 24; 60:14


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The restoration of Jerusalem.

1 ¶ Again the word of the LORD of hosts came [to me], saying, 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. 3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. 4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. 5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. 6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts. 7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; 8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.

[2] Ps 78:58; Is 42:13; 59:17; 63:4, 15; Ezk 36:5; Jol 2:18; Na 1:2, 6; Zc 1:14.
[3] Is 1:21, 26; 2:2; 11:9; 12:6; 60:14; 65:25; 66:20; Jr 30:10; 31:23; 33:16; Ezk 48:35; Jol 3:17, 21; Zc 1:16; 2:10; 14:20; Jn 1:14; 14:23; 2Co 6:16; Ep 2:21; Col 2:9; Rv 21:3, 10, 27.
[4] 1S 2:31; Jb 5:26; 42:17; Is 65:20; Lm 2:20, 22; 5:11; He 12:22.
[5] Ps 128:3; 144:12; Jr 30:19; 31:27; 33:11; Lm 2:19; Zc 2:4; Mt 11:16.
[6] Gn 18:14; Nu 11:22; 2K 7:2; Jr 32:17, 27; Lk 1:20, 37; 18:27; Ro 4:20; 6:19.
[7] Ps 50:1; 107:2; 113:3; Is 11:11; 27:12; 43:5; 49:12; 59:19; 66:19; Jr 31:8; Ezk 37:19; Ho 11:10; Am 9:14; Mal 1:11; Ro 11:25.
[8] Lv 26:12; Jr 3:17; 4:2; 23:8; 30:22; 31:1, 33; 32:38, 41; Ezk 11:20; 36:28; 37:25, 27; Ho 2:19; Jol 3:20; Am 9:14; Ob 1:17; Zp 3:14; Zc 13:9; 2Co 6:16; Rv 21:3, 7.

They are encouraged to the building by God's favour to them.

9 ¶ Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which [were] in the day [that] the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. 10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither [was there any] peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour. 11 But now I [will] not [be] unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 For the seed [shall be] prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these [things]. 13 And it shall come to pass, [that] as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, [but] let your hands be strong. 14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: 15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.

[9] Jsh 1:6, 8; 1Ch 22:13; 28:20; Ezr 5:1; Is 35:4; Hg 1:1, 12; 2:4, 21; Zc 8:13, 18; Ep 6:10; 2Ti 2:1.
[10] Jg 5:6, 11; 2Ch 15:5; Is 19:2; Jr 16:16; Am 3:6; 9:4; Hg 1:6; 2:16; Mt 10:34.
[11] Ps 103:9; Is 11:13; 12:1; Hg 2:19; Zc 8:8; Mal 3:9.
[12] Gn 26:12; 27:28; Lv 26:4; Dt 28:4; 32:2; 33:13, 28; 1K 17:1; Ps 67:6; 72:3; Pv 3:9; 19:12; Is 30:23; 61:7; Ezk 34:26; 36:12, 30; Ho 2:21; 14:5; Jol 2:22; Am 9:13; Ob 1:17; Mi 4:6; Hg 1:10; 2:19; Zc 8:6; Mt 6:33; 1Co 3:21; Jm 3:18.
[13] Gn 12:2; 26:4; Dt 28:37; 29:23; Ru 4:11; 1K 9:7; 2K 17:18; 2Ch 7:20; Ps 44:13, 16; 72:17; 79:4; Is 9:20; 19:24; 35:3; 41:10; 65:15; Jr 24:9; 25:18; 26:6; 29:18; 32:30; 33:24; 42:18; 44:12, 22; Lm 2:15; 4:15; Ezk 5:15; 37:11, 16; Dn 9:11; Mi 5:7; Zp 3:20; Hg 2:19; Zc 1:19; 8:9, 20; 9:13; 10:6; 1Co 16:13; Ga 3:14, 28.
[14] 2Ch 36:16; Ps 33:11; Is 14:24; Jr 4:28; 15:1; 20:16; 31:28; Ezk 24:14; Zc 1:6.
[15] Is 43:1; Jr 29:11; 32:42; Mi 4:10; 7:18; Zp 3:16; Zc 8:13; Lk 12:32.

Good works are required of them.

16 ¶ These [are] the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: 17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these [are things] that I hate, saith the LORD.

[16] Lv 19:11; Dt 10:12; 11:7; Ps 15:2; Pv 12:17, 19; Is 9:7; 11:3; Jr 9:3; Ho 4:1; Am 5:15, 24; Mi 6:8, 12; Zc 7:9; 8:19; Mt 5:9; Lk 3:8; Ep 4:17, 25; 1Th 4:6; 1P 1:13; Rv 21:8.
[17] Ps 5:5; 10:3; Pv 3:29; 6:14, 16; 8:13; Jr 4:2, 14; 44:4; Mi 2:1; Hab 1:13; Zc 5:3; 7:10; Mal 3:5; Mt 5:28; 12:35; 15:19.

Joy and enlargement are promised.

18 ¶ And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying, 19 Thus saith 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 joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace. 20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; [It shall] yet [come to pass], that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities: 21 And the inhabitants of one [city] shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also. 22 Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD. 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days [it shall come to pass], that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard [that] God [is] with you.

[19] 2K 25:3, 25; Es 8:17; 9:22; Ps 30:11; Is 12:1; 35:10; 51:11; Jr 31:12; 39:2; 41:1; 52:4, 6, 12; Zc 7:3, 5; 8:16; Lk 1:74; Tit 2:11; Rv 22:15.
[20] 1K 8:41, 43; 2Ch 6:32; Ps 22:27; 67:1; 72:17; 89:9; 117:1; 138:4; Is 2:2; 11:10; 49:6, 22; 60:3; 66:18; Jr 16:19; Ho 1:10; 2:23; Am 9:12; Mi 4:1; Zc 2:11; 14:16; Mal 1:11; Mt 8:11; Ac 15:14, 18; Ro 15:9; Rv 11:15.
[21] Ps 103:22; 122:1; 146:1; Ho 6:3; Zc 7:2.
[22] Is 25:7; 55:5; 60:3; 66:23; Jr 4:2; Mi 4:3; Hg 2:7; Ga 3:8; Rv 15:4; 21:24.
[23] Gn 31:7, 41; Nu 10:29; 14:14, 22; Dt 4:6; Jsh 2:9; Ru 1:16; 1S 15:27; 2S 15:19; 1K 8:42; 2K 2:6; 1Ch 12:18; Jb 19:3; Ec 11:2; Is 3:6; 4:1; 55:5; 60:3; 66:18; Mi 5:5; Mt 18:21; Lk 8:44; Ac 13:47; 19:12; 1Co 14:25; Rv 7:9; 14:6.


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