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Chapter 6

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1I looked up again and saw four chariots coming out between two mountains, which were mountains of copper. 2The first chariot had bay horses, the second black, 3the third white, and the fourth dappled a 6:3 dappled: prob. rdg, cp. Gk; Heb. adds a word of uncertain meaning. . 4I asked the angel who talked with me, ‘Sir, what are these?’ 5He answered, ‘These are the four winds of heaven; after attending the Lord of the whole earth, they are now going forth. 6The chariot with the black horses is going to the land of the north, that with the white to the far west b 6:6 to the far west: prob. rdg; Heb. behind them. , that with the dappled to the south, 7and that with the roan to the land of the east c 6:7 and that … east: prob. rdg, so Syriac; Heb. obscure. .’ They were eager to set off and range over the whole earth. ‘Go,’ he said, ‘range over the earth,’ and they did so. 8Then he called me to look and said, ‘Those going to the land of the north have made my spirit rest on that land.’

9 THE word of the LORD came to me: 10Receive the gifts from the exiles Heldai, Tobiah, and Jedaiah who have returned from Babylon, and go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11Take the silver and gold and make a crown; place it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jehozadak, 12and say to him: These are the words of the LORD of Hosts: Here is a man whose name is Branch; he will branch out from where he is and rebuild the temple of the LORD. 13It is he who will rebuild the temple, he who will assume royal dignity, who will sit on his throne as ruler. There will be a priest beside his throne, and there will be harmony between them. 14The crown will serve as a memorial for Heldai d 6:14 Heldai: so Syriac; Heb. Helem. , Tobiah, Jedaiah, and Josiah e Josiah: so Syriac; Heb. favour. son of Zephaniah in the temple of the LORD.

15Men from far away will come and work on the rebuilding of the temple of the LORD; so you will know that the LORD of Hosts has sent me to you. This will come about if you hearken with diligence to the LORD your God!

Notes:

a 6:3 dappled: prob. rdg, cp. Gk; Heb. adds a word of uncertain meaning.

b 6:6 to the far west: prob. rdg; Heb. behind them.

c 6:7 and that … east: prob. rdg, so Syriac; Heb. obscure.

d 6:14 Heldai: so Syriac; Heb. Helem.

e Josiah: so Syriac; Heb. favour.

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