Zechariah 6Expanded Bible (EXB)
The Vision of the Four Chariots
6 I looked up again and saw four chariots ·going [coming] out between two mountains, mountains of bronze. 2 Red horses pulled the first chariot. Black horses pulled the second chariot. 3 White horses pulled the third chariot, and strong, ·spotted [dappled] horses pulled the fourth chariot. 4 I asked the ·angel [messenger] who was talking with me, “What are these, sir?”
5 He said, “These are the four spirits of heaven. They have just come from ·the presence of [or presenting themselves before] the Lord of the whole world. 6 The chariot pulled by the black horses will go to the land of the north. The white horses will go ·to the land of the west [or after them], and the spotted horses will go to the land of the south.”
7 When the powerful horses went out, they were ·eager [seeking] to go through all the earth. So he said, “Go ·through all [or and patrol] the earth,” and they did.
8 Then he ·called [cried out] to me, “Look, the horses that went north have caused my ·spirit to rest [anger to be appeased; or Spirit to rest] in the land of the north.”
A Crown for Joshua
9 The Lord spoke his word to me, saying, 10 “Take silver and gold from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who were captives in Babylon. Go that same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah, who came from Babylon [C may refer to the three men rather than to Josiah]. 11 Make the silver and gold into a crown, and put it on the head of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest. 12 Tell him this is what the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] says: ‘A man whose name is the Branch [3:8] will branch out from where he is, and he will build the Temple of the Lord. 13 It is he who will build the Temple of the Lord and will ·receive honor [or be clothed in splendor/majesty]. He will sit on his throne and rule [C referring to Zerubbabel and ultimately to the Messiah]. And there will be a priest on his throne [C referring to Joshua the high priest and ultimately to the Messiah]. And ·these two will work together in peace [L the counsel of peace will be between the two].’ 14 The crown will be kept in the Temple of the Lord to remind ·Heldai [L Helem; C probably another name for Heldai], Tobijah, Jedaiah, and ·Josiah [L Hen; C perhaps a nickname for Josiah, meaning “gracious one”] son of Zephaniah. 15 People living far away will come and build the Temple of the Lord. Then you will know the Lord ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts] has sent me to you. This will happen if you completely obey the [L voice of the] Lord your God.”
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