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A Call to Return to the LORD YHWH...
In the eighth month of the second year of Dareyawesh, the word of YHWH came to Zekaryah son of Berekyah, son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
' YHWH was very wroth with your fathers.
'And you shall say to them, 'Thus said YHWH of hosts, 'Turn back to Me,' declares YHWH of hosts, 'and I shall turn back to you,' declares YHWH of hosts.
'Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying, 'Thus said YHWH of hosts, 'Turn back now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.'' But they did not obey or give heed to Me,' declares YHWH.
'Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
'But My words and My laws, which I commanded My servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers?''Then they turned back and said, 'As YHWH of hosts planned to do to us, according to our ways and according to our deeds, so He has done with us.''''
The Man Among the Myrtle Trees...
On the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Dareyawesh, the word of YHWH came to Zekaryah son of Berekyahu, son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
'I looked at night and saw a man riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees in the shade. And behind him were horses: red, sorrel, and white.'
And I said, 'My master, what are these?' And the messenger who was speaking to me said to me, 'Let me show you what they are.'
And the man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, 'They are the ones YHWH has sent to go throughout the earth.'
And they answered the messenger of YHWH, who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, 'We have gone throughout the earth, and see, all the earth is at peace and rest.'
And the messenger of YHWH answered and said, 'O YHWH of hosts, how long would You have no compassion on Yerushalayim and on the cities of Yehudah, against which You were enraged these seventy years?'
And YHWH answered the messenger who talked to me, good words, comforting words.
And the messenger who spoke with me said to me, 'Proclaim, saying, 'Thus said YHWH of hosts, 'I have been jealous for Yerushalayim and for Tsiyon with great jealousy.
'And I am very wroth with the nations who are at ease, for when I was a little wroth, they furthered the evil!'
'Therefore thus said YHWH, 'I shall return to Yerushalayim with compassion. My house shall be built in it,' declares YHWH of hosts, 'and a surveyor's line be stretched out over Yerushalayim.''
'Again proclaim, saying, 'Thus said YHWH of hosts, 'Again My cities shall overflow with goodness. And YHWH shall again comfort Tsiyon, and shall again choosea Yerushalayim.'''
Four Horns and Four Craftsmen...
And I lifted up my eyes and looked, and saw four horns.
And I said to the messenger who was speaking to me, 'What are these?' And he said to me, 'These are the horns that have scattered Yehudah, Yisra'el, and Yerushalayim.'
And YHWH showed me four craftsmen.
And I said, 'What are these coming to do?' And he spoke saying, 'These are the horns that scattered Yehudah, so that no one lifted up his head. But these come to trouble them, to throw down the horns of the gentiles that lifted up their horn against the land of Yehudah to scatter it.'