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The Vision of the High Priest

Then I saw Joshua the High Priest standing in the presence of the angel of the Lord, with Satan[a] standing at his right to oppose him.

The Lord told Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan—in fact, may the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! This man is a burning brand plucked from the fire, is he not?”

Now Joshua was wearing filthy clothes as he stood in the presence of the angel.

So the angel[b] continued to tell those who were standing in his presence, “Remove his filthy clothes.”

And he told Joshua,[c] “Look how I’ve removed your iniquity. Now I’m clothing you with fine garments.”

Then I said, “Let them place a pure diadem[d] on his head.”

So they placed the pure diadem[e] on his head and clothed him with fine garments while the angel of the Lord was standing beside them.[f]

The Lord’s Charge to Joshua

Then the angel of the Lord gave this charge to Joshua: “This is what the Lord of the Heavenly Armies says: ‘If you will live according to my ways, and if you will keep what I have entrusted to you,[g] then you will also administer my Temple, and you will also guard my courtyards. And I will give you access to these who serve[h] here.

“‘Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and those companions of yours who sit with you,[i] for these men are a sign that I am presenting my servant, the Branch.[j] Look, the stone that I put in place in Joshua’s presence—on that one stone are seven eyes.[k] And look, I will do the engraving myself,’ declares the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, ‘and I will remove the perversity of that land in a single day. 10 At that time,’[l] declares the Lord of the Heavenly Armies, ‘you will invite each of your neighbors to join you[m] under the vine and fig tree.’”


  1. Zechariah 3:1 The Heb. name Satan means The Opponent or The Accuser
  2. Zechariah 3:4 Lit. So he
  3. Zechariah 3:4 Lit. him
  4. Zechariah 3:5 Or clean turban
  5. Zechariah 3:5 Or clean turban
  6. Zechariah 3:5 The Heb. lacks beside them
  7. Zechariah 3:7 The Heb. lacks to you
  8. Zechariah 3:7 Lit. stand
  9. Zechariah 3:8 Lit. sit in your presence
  10. Zechariah 3:8 Cf. Ps 132:17; Jer 23:5; 33:15
  11. Zechariah 3:9 Or facets
  12. Zechariah 3:10 Lit. day
  13. Zechariah 3:10 The Heb. lacks to join you