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Zechariah 3Living Bible (TLB)

Then the Angel showed me (in my vision) Joshua the High Priest standing before the Angel of the Lord; and Satan was there too, at the Angel’s right hand, accusing Joshua of many things.

And the Lord said to Satan, “I reject your accusations, Satan;[a] yes, I, the Lord, for I have decided to be merciful to Jerusalem—I rebuke you. I have decreed mercy to Joshua and his nation; they are like a burning stick pulled out of the fire.”

Joshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood before the Angel of the Lord.

Then the Angel said to the others standing there, “Remove his filthy clothing.” And turning to Joshua he said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.”

5-6 Then I said, “Please, could he also have a clean turban on his head?” So they gave him one.

Then the Angel of the Lord spoke very solemnly to Joshua and said, “The Lord Almighty declares: ‘If you will follow the paths I set for you and do all I tell you to, then I will put you in charge of my Temple, to keep it holy; and I will let you walk in and out of my presence with these angels. Listen to me, O Joshua the High Priest, and all you other priests, you are illustrations of the good things to come. Don’t you see?—Joshua represents my servant the Branch[b] whom I will send. He will be the Foundation Stone of the Temple that Joshua is standing beside, and I will engrave this inscription on it seven times:[c] I will remove the sins of this land in a single day. 10 And after that,’ the Lord Almighty declares, ‘you will all live in peace and prosperity, and each of you will own a home of your own where you can invite your neighbors.’”

Footnotes:

  1. Zechariah 3:2 I reject your accusations, Satan, literally, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan.”
  2. Zechariah 3:8 the Branch, i.e., the Messiah, Christ.
  3. Zechariah 3:9 I will engrave this inscription on it seven times, literally, “See the stone with seven facets I have set before Joshua, and I will engrave its inscription.”
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