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Zechariah 4Common English Bible (CEB)

Fifth night vision

The messenger speaking with me returned and woke me like one who awakens someone who is asleep.

Then he said to me, “What do you see?”
I said, “I see a lampstand made entirely of gold.
        It has a bowl on top. The bowl has seven lamps on top
        and seven metal pipes for those lamps.
    It has two olive trees beside the lampstand,
        one to the right of its bowl and one to the left.”
I responded to the messenger speaking with me,
    “What are these, sir?”
The messenger responded to me:
    “Don’t you know what these are?”
    I said, “No, sir. I don’t.”
He answered me:
    “This is the Lord’s word to Zerubbabel:
        Neither by power, nor by strength,
        but by my spirit, says the Lord of heavenly forces.”
        Who are you, great mountain?
            Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain.
        He will present the capstone to shouts of great gratitude.

The Lord’s word came to me:
    The hands of Zerubbabel laid the foundation of this house,
        and his hands will finish it
            so that you will know that the Lord of heavenly forces has sent me to you.
10         Those who despise a time of little things will rejoice when they see the plumb line[a] in Zerubbabel’s hand.
        These are the seven eyes of the Lord, surveying the entire earth.
11 I responded to him,
    “What are these two olive trees on the right and left sides of the lampstand?”
12 Then I responded a second time,
    “What are these two olive branches that empty out golden oil through the two gold pipes?”
13 He said to me, “Don’t you know what these are?”
        I said, “No, sir.”
14 He said,
    “These are the two anointed ones[b] standing beside the Lord of all the earth.”

Footnotes:

  1. Zechariah 4:10 Or stone, tin
  2. Zechariah 4:14 Or sons of oil
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