Vision of the Four Chariots
1Then I turned and raised my eyes and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming from between two mountains, and the mountains were mountains of bronze.
2With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses,
3with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot dappled horses—strong steeds.
4Then I answered and said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
5And the angel answered and said to me, “These are four spirits of heaven, who go out from their station before the Lord of all the earth.
66:6 The chariotThe one with the black horses is going to the north country, the white are going after them, and the dappled are going toward the south country.”
7Then the strong steeds went out, eager to go, that they might walk to and fro throughout the earth. And He said, “Go, walk to and fro throughout the earth.” So they walked to and fro throughout the earth.
8And He called to me, and spoke to me, saying, “See, those who go toward the north country have given rest to My Spirit in the north country.”
The Command to Crown Joshua
9Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
10“Receive the gift from the captives—from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon—and go the same day and enter the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah.
11Take the silver and gold, make an6:11 Lit. crowns elaborate crown, and set it on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest.
12Then speak to him, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, saying:
“Behold, the Man whose name is the BRANCH!
From His place He shall 6:12 Lit. sprout upbranch out,
And He shall build the temple of the Lord;
13Yes, He shall build the temple of the Lord.
He shall bear the glory,
And shall sit and rule on His throne;
So He shall be a priest on His throne,
And the counsel of peace shall be between 6:13 Both officesthem both.” ’
14“Now the 6:14 Lit. crownselaborate crown shall be for a memorial in the temple of the Lord 6:14 So with MT, Tg., Vg.; Syr. for Heldai (cf. v. 10); LXX for the patient onesfor Helem, Tobijah, Jedaiah, and Hen the son of Zephaniah.
15Even those from afar shall come and build the temple of the Lord. Then you shall know that the Lord of hosts has sent Me to you. And this shall come to pass if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God.”