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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 6

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1I looked up again, and I saw: Four chariots were coming out from between the two mountains; the mountains were of copper. 2The horses of the first chariot were bay, the horses of the second chariot were black; 3the horses of the third chariot were white, and the horses of the fourth chariot were spotted—dappled. 4And I spoke up and asked the angel who talked with me: “What are those, my lord?” 5In reply, the angel said to me, “Those are the four winds of heaven coming out after presenting themselves to the Lord of all the earth. 6The one with the black horses is going out to the region of the north; the white ones d‐ Change of vocalization yields “will go out.” have gone out ‐d Change of vocalization yields “will go out.” to e‐ Cf. ’aḥor, “west,” Isa. 9.11 . Emendation yields “the region of the west.” what is to the west of them; ‐e Cf. ’aḥor, “west,” Isa. 9.11 . Emendation yields “the region of the west.” the spotted ones d‐ Change of vocalization yields “will go out.” have gone out ‐d Change of vocalization yields “will go out.” to the region of the south; 7and f‐ Emendation yields “the bay ones will go out to the region of the east.” the dappled ones have gone out…” ‐f Emendation yields “the bay ones will go out to the region of the east.” They were ready to start out and range the earth, and he gave them the order, “Start out and range the earth!” And they ranged the earth. 8Then he alerted me, and said to me, “Take good note! Those that went out to the region of the north have g‐ Cf. postbiblical naḥath ruaḥ, “gratification.” Emendation yields, “done the LORD'S pleasure.” done my pleasure ‐g Cf. postbiblical naḥath ruaḥ, “gratification.” Emendation yields, “done the LORD'S pleasure.” in the region of the north.” h I.e., Babylonia, whose communication with Judah was via North Mesopotamia and Syria; cf. 2.10–11 .

9The word of the LORD came to me: 10Receive from a Emendation yields “the gift of.” the exiled community—from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon—and you, in turn, proceed the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah. 11Take silver and gold and make crowns. Place [one] on the head of High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 12and say to him, “Thus said the LORD of Hosts: Behold, a man called the Branch b See note at 3.8 . shall branch out from the place where he is, and he shall build the Temple of the LORD. 13He shall build the Temple of the LORD and shall assume majesty, and he shall sit on his throne and rule. And there shall also be a priest c‐ Septuagint reads “on his right side.” seated on his throne, ‐c Septuagint reads “on his right side.” and harmonious understanding shall prevail between them.”

14The crowns shall remain in the Temple of the LORD as a memorial to Helem, d The Syriac version reads “Heldai”; cf. v. 10 . Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen e In v. 10 , “Josiah.” son of Zephaniah. 15Men from far away shall come and take part in the building of the Temple of the LORD, and you shall know that I have been sent to you by the LORD of Hosts—if only you will obey the LORD your God!

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d‐d Change of vocalization yields “will go out.”

e‐e Cf. ’aḥor, “west,” Isa. 9.11 . Emendation yields “the region of the west.”

f‐f Emendation yields “the bay ones will go out to the region of the east.”

g‐g Cf. postbiblical naḥath ruaḥ, “gratification.” Emendation yields, “done the LORD'S pleasure.”

h I.e., Babylonia, whose communication with Judah was via North Mesopotamia and Syria; cf. 2.10–11 .

a Emendation yields “the gift of.”

b See note at 3.8 .

c‐c Septuagint reads “on his right side.”

d The Syriac version reads “Heldai”; cf. v. 10 .

e In v. 10 , “Josiah.”

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