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Zerubbabel Chosen as a Signet

20 And again the word of the Lord came to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying, 21 “Speak to Zerubbabel, (A)governor of Judah, saying:

(B)‘I will shake heaven and earth.
22 (C)I will overthrow the throne of kingdoms;
I will destroy the strength of the Gentile kingdoms.
(D)I will overthrow the chariots
And those who ride in them;
The horses and their riders shall come down,
Every one by the sword of his brother.

23 ‘In that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel My servant, the son of Shealtiel,’ says the Lord, (E)‘and will make you like a signet ring; for (F)I have chosen you,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

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Then the angel who talked with me answered and said to me, “Do you not know what these are?”

And I said, “No, my lord.”

So he answered and said to me:

“This is the word of the Lord to (A)Zerubbabel:
(B)‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’
Says the Lord of hosts.
‘Who are you, (C)O great mountain?
Before Zerubbabel you shall become a plain!
And he shall bring forth (D)the capstone
(E)With shouts of “Grace, grace to it!” ’ ”

Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying:

“The hands of Zerubbabel
(F)Have laid the foundation of this [a]temple;
His hands (G)shall also finish it.
Then (H)you will know
That the (I)Lord of hosts has sent Me to you.
10 For who has despised the day of (J)small things?
For these seven rejoice to see
The [b]plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.
(K)They are the eyes of the Lord,
Which scan to and fro throughout the whole earth.”

11 Then I answered and said to him, “What are these (L)two olive trees—at the right of the lampstand and at its left?” 12 And I further answered and said to him, “What are these two olive branches that drip [c]into the receptacles of the two gold pipes from which the golden oil drains?”

13 Then he answered me and said, “Do you not know what these are?

And I said, “No, my lord.”

14 So he said, (M)“These are the two [d]anointed ones, (N)who stand beside the Lord of the whole earth.”

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Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 4:9 Lit. house
  2. Zechariah 4:10 Lit. plummet stone
  3. Zechariah 4:12 Lit. into the hands of
  4. Zechariah 4:14 Lit. sons of fresh oil

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