and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of
For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of
the experts in the law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the
kingdom of heaven.
Anger and Murder
Moreover, as for you, because of our covenant relationship secured with
blood, I will release your prisoners from the waterless pit.
Return to the
stronghold, you prisoners, with hope; today I declare that I will return
double what was taken from yo
in the opinion of the small community of those days, will it also appear
difficult to me? asks the LORD who rules over all.
The LORD who rules over all asserts, I am about to save my people from
the lands of the east and the west. 8 And I will bring the
and priests of the land as follows: When you fasted and lamented in the
fifth and seventh months through all these seventy years, did you truly
fast for mefor me, indeed? 6 And now when you eat and drink, are you
not doing so for yourselves? 7 Should you
messenger replied, These are the four spirits of heaven that have been
presenting themselves before the Lord of all the earth. 6 The chariot with
the black horses is going to the north country and the white ones are
going after them, but the spotted ones
know what these are? And I said, No, sir.
So he said, These are the
two anointed ones who stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
Vision Six: The Flying Scroll
5 Then I turned to look, and there was a flying scroll!
me, What do you see? I
allow you to come and go among these others who are standing by you.
Listen now, Joshua the high priest, both you and your colleagues who are
sitting before you, all of you are a symbol that I am about to introduce my
servant, the Branch. 9 As for the s
messenger came to meet him 4 and said to him, Hurry, speak to this
young man as follows: Jerusalem will no longer be enclosed by walls
because of the multitude of people and animals there. 5 But I
(the LORD says) will be a wall of fire surrounding Jerusal
agreed with the angel of the LORD, who was standing among the myrtle
trees, We have been walking about on the earth, and now everything is
at rest and quiet.
The angel of the LORD then asked, LORD who rules
over all, how long before you have compassion
Shealtiel, my servant, says the LORD, and I will make you like a signet
ring, for I have chosen you, says the LORD who rules over all.
Zechariah 1-14New English Translation (NET Bible)
1 In the eighth month of Darius second year, the word of
all. 9 The future splendor of this temple will be greater than that of former
times, the LORD who rules over all declares, and in this place I will give
The Promised Blessing
On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month of Darius second year, the
Because my temple remains in ruins, thanks to each of you favoring his
This is why the sky has held back its dew and the earth its
produce.11 Moreover, I have called for a drought that will affect the fields,
the hill country, the grain, new
and assemble kingdoms,
so I can pour out my fury on them
all my raging anger.
For the whole earth will be consumed
by my fiery anger.
Know for sure that I will then enable
the nations to give me acceptable praise.
All of them will invoke the LORDs name
I took them away from you;
they became tribute and were a source of shame to you.
Look, at that time I will deal with those who mistreated you.
I will rescue the lame sheep
and gather together the scattered sheep.
I will take away their humiliation
Jerusalem is Corrupt
3 The filthy, stained city is as good as dead;
the city filled with oppressors is finished!
She is disobedient;
she refuses correction.
She does not trust the LORD;
she does not seek the advice of her God.
Her princes are as fierc
in the houses of Ashkelon they will lie down in the evening,
for the LORD their God will intervene for them and restore their prosperity.
I have heard Moabs taunts
and the Ammonites insults.
They taunted my people
and verbally harassed those living in J
nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the LORD who rules over all and to
ask his favor.
The LORD who rules over all says, In those days ten
people from all languages and nations will grasp hold ofindeed, grab
the robe of one Jew and say, Let us go wit
will see it and rejoice; they will celebrate in the things of the LORD.8 I will
signal for them and gather them, for I have already redeemed them; then
they will become as numerous as they were before. 9 Though I scatter
them among the nations, they will
indeed, they detested me as well. 9 I then said, I will not shepherd you.
What is to die, let it die, and what is to be eradicated, let it be eradicated.
As for those who survive, let them eat each others flesh!
Then I took my staff Pleasantness and cu
Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation, Do not
break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.
But I say to you,
do not take oaths at allnot by heaven, because it is the throne of
not by earth, because it is his foot
5 When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. After he sat down
his disciples came to him. 2 Then he began to teach them by saying:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to
Blessed are those who mo
Go away, Satan! For it is written: You are to worship the Lord your
God and serve only him. 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came
and began ministering to his needs.
Preaching in Galilee
Now when Jesus heard that John had been imprisoned, he went
Abraham from these stones!
Even now the ax is laid at the root of the
trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down
and thrown into the fire.
I baptize you with water, for repentance, but the one coming after me
is more pow
time he had learned from the wise men.
Then what was spoken by
Jeremiah the prophet was fulfilled:
A voice was heard in Ramah,
weeping and loud wailing,
Rachel weeping for her
and she did not want to be comforted, because they were gone.
Asa, 8 Asa the father of Jehoshaphat, Jehoshaphat the father of Joram,
Joram the father of Uzziah, 9 Uzziah the father of Jotham, Jotham the father
of Ahaz, Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon, Amon
recorded the names of those who respected the LORD and honored his
They will belong to me, says the LORD who rules over all, in the
day when I prepare my own special property. I will spare them as a man
spares his son who serves him.
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, in the time of King Herod,
wise men from the East came to Jerusalem 2 saying, Where is the one
who is born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have
come to worship him. 3 When King Herod hea
will act like a refiner and purifier of silver and will cleanse the Levites and
refine them like gold and silver. Then they will ofer the LORD a proper
ofering. 4 The oferings of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to
the LORD as in former times and year
for Gods favor that he might be gracious to us. With this kind of ofering
in your hands, how can he be pleased with you? asks the LORD who rules
I wish that one of you would close the temple doors, so that you no
longer would light useless fi
many to violate the law; you have corrupted the covenant with Levi,
says the LORD who rules over all.9 Therefore, I have caused you to be
ignored and belittled before all people to the extent to which you are not
following after me and are showing partial