1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of LORD came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying, 2 LORD was greatly displeased with your fathers. 3 Therefore say thou to them, Thus says LORD of hosts: Return to me, says LORD of hosts, and I will return to you, says LORD of hosts. 4 Be ye not as your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried, saying, Thus says LORD of hosts: Return ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings, but they did not hear, nor hearken to me, says LORD. 5 Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? And they turned and said, Like as LORD of hosts thought to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our doings,
7 Upon the twenty-fourth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Shebat, in the second year of Darius, the word of LORD came to Zechariah the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo, the prophet, saying,
8 I saw in the night, and, behold, a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom. And behind him there were horses, red, sorrel, and white. 9 Then I said, O my lord, what are these? And the [heavenly] agent who talked with me said to me, I will show thee what these are.
10 And the man who stood among the myrtle trees answered and said, These are they whom LORD has sent to walk to and fro through the earth.
11 And they answered the agent of LORD who stood among the myrtle trees, and said, We have walked to and fro through the earth, and, behold, all the earth sits still, and is at rest.
12 Then the agent of LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long will thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou have had indignation these seventy years? 13 And LORD answered the agent who talked with me with good words, comforting words.
14 So the [heavenly] agent who talked with me said to me, Cry thou, saying, Thus says LORD of hosts: I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. 15 And I am very greatly displeased with the nations that are at ease. For I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. 16 Therefore thus says LORD: I have returned to Jerusalem with mercies. My house shall be built in it, says LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth over Jerusalem.
17 Cry yet again, saying, Thus says LORD of hosts: My cities shall yet overflow with prosperity, and LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
18 And I lifted up my eyes, and saw, and, behold, four horns. 19 And I said to the [heavenly] agent who talked with me, What are these? And he answered me, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.