Fourth Vision: High Priest and Branch
1Then he showed me the high priest Joshua3:1 Hg 1:1,12,14; 2:4; Zch 6:11 standing before the angel of the Lord,3:1 Gn 16:7–13; 21:17; 22:11–16; 31:11–13 with Satan3:1 Or the accuser3:1 1Ch 21:1; Jb 1:6–12; Rv 12:10 standing at his right side to accuse him.
2The Lord3:2 Syr reads The Angel of the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! May the Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Isn’t this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?” 3:2 Dt 4:20; Am 4:11
3Now Joshua was dressed with filthy3:3 Probably stained with human excrement clothes3:3 Dt 23:13; Is 4:4 as he stood before the angel.3:3 Lv 22:3
4So the angel of the Lord3:4 Lit he spoke to those3:4 = the angels standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes!” Then he said to him, “See, I have removed your iniquity from you,3:4 2Sm 24:10; Jb 7:21; Mc 7:18 and I will clothe you with festive robes.”
5Then I said, “Let them put a clean turban3:5 Ex 28:36–38 on his head.” So a clean turban was placed on his head, and they clothed him in garments while the angel of the Lord was standing nearby.
6Then the angel of the Lord charged Joshua,
7“This is what the Lord of Armies says: If you walk in my ways and keep my mandates, you will both rule my house and take care of my courts; I will also grant you access among these who are standing here.
8“Listen, High Priest Joshua, you and your colleagues sitting before you; indeed, these men are a sign that I am about to bring my servant, the Branch.3:8 Is 4:2; 11:1; Jr 23:5; 33:15; Ezk 17:22–24; Zch 6:12
9Notice the stone3:9 Ps 118:22–23; Is 8:14; 28:16; Dn 2:35,45; Zch 4:10; Rv 5:6 I have set before Joshua; on that one stone are seven eyes.3:9 Zch 4:10 I will engrave an inscription on it” — this is the declaration of the Lord of Armies — “and I will take away the iniquity of this land in a single day.
10On that day, each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree.”3:10 1Kg 4:25; 2Kg 18:31; Mc 4:1–8 This is the declaration of the Lord of Armies.