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Christ the Branch typified. ZECHARIAH, 6. Restoration of Jerusalem. same day, and go into the house of Josiah mant stone, lest they should hear the law, the son of Zephaniah;

and the words which the LORD of hosts hath 11 Then take silver and gold, and make sent in his spirit by the former prophets : crowns, and set them upon the head of Jo- therefore came a great wrath from the LORD shua the son of Josedech, the high priest; of hosts. 12 And speak unto him, saying,

Thus speak- 13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he eth the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the cried, and they would not hear; so they man whose name is The BRANCH; and cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD he shall grow up out of his place, and he of hosts: shall build the temple of the LORD:

14 But I scattered them with a whirlwind 13 Even he shall build the temple of the among all the nations whom they knew not. LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall Thus the land was desolate after them, that sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall no man passed through nor returned for be a priest upon his throne: and the coun- they laid the pleasant land desolate. sel of peace shall be between them both.

CHAPTER 8. 14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and

1 The restoration of Jerusalem. 9 They are to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the

encouraged to the building by God's favour son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the to them. 16 Good works are required of them. temple of the LORD.

18 Joy and enlargement are promised. 15 And they that are far off shall come GAIN the word of the LORD of hosts

came to me, saying, ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was sent me unto you. And this shall come to jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of was jealous for her with great fury. the LORD your God.

3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned CHAPTER 7.

unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of 1 The captives enquire of fasting. 4 Zechariah

Jerusalem : and Jerusalem shall be called reproveth their fasting. 8 Sin the cause of a city of truth; and the mountain of the their captivity.

LORD of hosts the holy mountain. AN ND it came to pass in the fourth year 4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There

of king Darius, that the word of the shall yet old men and old women dwell in LORD came unto Zechariah in the fourth the streets of Jerusalem, and every man day of the ninth month, even in Chisleu ; with his staff in his hand for very age.

2 When they had sent unto the house of 5 And the streets of the city shall be full of God Sherezer and Regem-melech, and their boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. men, to pray before the LORD,

6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be 3 And to speak unto the priests which marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and this people in these days, should it also be to the prophets, saying, Should I weep in marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD the ifth month, separating myself, as I have of hosts. done these so many years ?

7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, 4 1 Then came the word of the LORD of I will save my people from the east country, hosts unto me, saying,

and from the west country; 5 Speak unto all the people of the land, 8. And I will bring them, and they shall and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, shall be my people, and I will be their God, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast in truth and in righteousness. unto me, even to me?

91 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let 6 And when ye did eat, and when ye did your hands be strong, ye that hear in these drink, did not ye eat for yourselves, and days these words by the mouth of the prodrink for yourselves?

phets, which were in the day that the foun7 Should ye not hear the words which the dation of the house of the LORD of hosts LORD hath cried by the former prophets, when was laid, that the temple might be built. Jerusalem was inhabited and in prosperity, 10 For before these days there was no hire and the cities thereof round about her, when for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was men inhabited the south and the plain? there any peace to him that went out or

8. And the word of the LORD came unto came in because of the affliction : for I set Zechariah, saying,

all men every one against his neighbour. 9. Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, 11 But now I will not be unto the residue Execute true judgment, and shew mercy and of this people as in the former days, saith compassions every man to his brother:

the LORD of hosts. 10 And oppress not the widow, nor the 12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the fatherless, the stranger, nor the poor; and vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall let none of you imagine evil against his give her increase, and the heavens shall give brother in your heart.

their dew; and I will cause the remnant of 11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled this people to possess all these things. away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, 13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye that they should not hear.

were a curse among the heathen, O house of 12 Yea, they made their hearts as an ada- Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save God defendeth his church. ZECHARIAH, 10. Victory and defence promised. you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a but let your hands be strong.

governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite. 14 For thus saith the Lord of hosts; As 8 And I will encamp about mine house I thought to punish you, when your fathers because of the army, because of him that provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of passeth by, and because of him that returnhosts, and I repented not:

eth: and no oppressor shall pass through 15 So again have I thought in these days them any more: for now have I seen with to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house

mine eyes. of Judah: fear ye not.

9 I Řejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; 16 These are the things that ye shall shout, o daughter of Jerusalem : behold, do; Speak ye every man the truth to his thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and neighbour; execute the judgment of truth having salvation; lowly, and riding upon and peace in your gates :

an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. 17 And let none of you imagine evil in 10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephyour hearts against his neighbour; and love raim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and no false oath: for all these are things that the battle bow shall be cut off; and he shall I hate, saith the LORD.

speak peace unto the heathen: and his do18 . And the word of the LORD of hosts minion shall be from sea even to sea, and came unto me, saying,

from the river even to the ends of the earth. 19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast 11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of of the pit wherein is no water. the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah 12 4 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prijoy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; there- soners of hope: even to day do I declare fore love the truth and peace.

that I will render double unto thee; 20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall 13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled yet come to pass, that there shall come peo- the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy ple, and the inhabitants of many cities : sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and

21 And the inhabitants of one city shall made thee as the sword of a mighty man. go to another, saying, Let us go speedily 14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, to pray before the LORD, and to seek the and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: LORD of hosts: I will go also.

and the Lord God shall blow the trumpet, 22 Yea, many people and strong nations and shall go with whirlwinds of the south. shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Je- 15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; rusalem, and to pray before the LORD.

and they shall devour, and subdue with sling 23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those stones; and they shall drink, and make a days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall noise as through wine; and they shall be filled take hold out of all languages of the nations, like bowls, and as the corners of the altar. even shall take hold of the skirt of him that 16 And the LORD their God shall save them is a Jew, saying. We will go with you: for in that day as the flock of his people : for we have heard that God is with you.

they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted CHAPTER 9.

up as an ensign upon his land. 1 God defendeth his church. 9 Zion is exhorted 17 For how great is his goodness, and how

to rejoice for the coming of Christ, and his great is his beauty! corn shall make the peaceable kingdom. 12 God's promises of victory young men cheerful, and new wine the and defence.

maids.

CHAPTER 10. the land of Hadrach, and Damascus

1 God is to be sought unto, and not idols. 5 As shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of : he visited his flock for sin, so he will save man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be and restore them. toward the LORD.

SK ye of the LORD rain in the time of 2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; the latter rain; so the LORD shall make Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise. bright clouds, and give them showers of rain,

3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong to every one grass in the field. hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and 2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the fine gold as the mire of the streets.

diviners have seen a lie, and have told false 4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and dreams; they comfort in vain: therefore they he will smite her power in the sea; and she went their way as a flock, they were troubled, shall be devoured with fire.

because there was no shepherd. 5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza 3 Mine anger was kindled against the also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and shepherds, and I punished the goats: for Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; the LORD of hosts hath visited his fiock the and the king shall perish from Gaza, and house of Judah, and hath made them as his Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

goodly horse in the battle. 6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and 4 Out of him came forth the corner, out I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. of him the nail, out of him the battle bow,

7 And I will take away his blood out of his out of him every oppressor together. mouth, and his abominations from between 5 And they shall be as mighty men, his teeth; but he that remaineth, even he, which tread down their enemies in the mire

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Destruction of Jerusalem. ZECHARIAH, 10. Type of a foolish shepherd. of the streets in the battle: and they shall month; and my soul lothed them, and their fight, because the LORD is with them, and soul also abhorred me. the riders on horses shall be confounded. 9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that

6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be and I will save the house of Joseph, and I cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat will bring them again to place them; for I every one the flesh of another. have mercy upon them: and they shall be 10' And I took my staff, even Beauty, as though I had not cast them off: for I am and cut it asunder, that I might break my the LORD their God, and will hear them. covenant which I had made with all the

7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a people. mighty, man, and their heart shall rejoice as 11 And it was broken in that day: and so through wine: yea, their children shall see the poor of the flock that waited upon me it, and be glad ; their heart shall rejoice in knew that it was the word of the LORD. the LORD.

12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, 8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; give ine my price; and if not, forbear. So for I have redeemed them: and they shall they weighed for my price thirty pieces of increase as they have increased.

silver, 9 And I will sow them among the people : 13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it and they shall remember me in far coun- unto the potter: a goodly price that I was tries, and they shall live with their children, prised at of them. And I took the thirty and turn again.

pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter 10 I will bring them again also out of the in the house of the LORD. land of Egypt, and gather them out of As- 14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, syria ; and I will bring them into the land even Bands, that I might break the brotherof Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not hood between Judah and Israel. be found for them.

15 And the LORD said unto me, Take 11 And he shall pass through the sea with unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish affliction, and shall smite the waves in the shepherd sea, and all the deeps of the river shall 16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be the land, which shall not visit those that be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt cut off, neither shall seek the young one, shall depart away.

nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that 12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh and they shall walk up and down in his of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. name, saith the LORD.

17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth CHAPTER 11.

the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, 1 The destruction of Jerusalem. 3 The elect

and upon his right eye: his arm shall be being cared for, the rest are rejected. 10 The

clean dried up, and his right eye shall be staves of Beauty and Bands broken by the utterly darkened. rejection of Christ. 15 The type and curse

CHAPTER 12. of a foolish shepherd.

1 Jerusalem a cup of trembling to herself, 3 PEN thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire and a burdensome stone to her adversaries. may devour thy cedars.

6 The victorious restoring of Judah. 9 The 2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; repentance of Jerusalem.

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Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth is come down.

forth the heavens, and layeth the founda3 There is a voice of the howling of the tion of the earth, and formeth the spirit of shepherds; for their glory is poiled : voice man within him. of the roaring of young lions, for the pride 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of of Jordan is spoiled.

trembling unto all the people round about, 4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the when they shall be in the siege both against flock of the slaughter;

Judah and against Jerusalem. 5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold 3. And in that day will I make Jerusathemselves not guilty: and they that sell lem a burdensome stone for all people: all them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: that burden themselves with it shall be cut and their own shepherds pity them not. in pieces, though all the people of the earth

6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants be gathered together against it. of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will 4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite deliver the men every one into his neigh- every horse with astonishment, and his rider bour's hand, and into the hand of his king: with madness: and I will open mine eyes and they shall smite the land, and out of upon the house of Judah, and will smite their hand I will not deliver them.

every horse of the people with blindness. 7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem me two staves; the one I called cauty, shall be my rength in the LORD of hosts and the other I called Bands; and I fed their God. the flock.

6. In that day will I make the governors 8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one of Judah like an hearth of fire among the

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Repentance of Jerusalem. ZECHARIAH, 14.

Christ's death foretold. wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall and they shall devour all the people round answer, Those with which I was wounded in about, on the right hand and on the left: the house of my friends. and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in 7 1 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, her own place, even in Jerusalem.

and against the man that is my fellow, saith 7 The LORD also shall save the tents of the LORD of hosts : smite the shepherd, and Judah first, that the glory of the house of the sheep shall be scattered : and I will turn David and the glory of the inhabitants of mine hand upon the little ones. Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against 8 And it shall come to pass, that in all Judah.

the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein 8 In that day shall the LORD defend the in- shall be cut off and die; but the third shall habitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble be left therein. among them at that day shall be as David; 9 And I will bring the third part through and the house of David shall be as God, as the fire, and will refine them as silver is the angel of the LORD before them.

refined, and will try them as gold is tried : 9 1 And it shall come to pass in that day, they shall call on my name, and I will hear that I will seek to destroy all the nations them : I will say, It is my people: and they that come against Jerusalem.

shall say, The Lord is my God. 10 And I will pour upon the house of Da

CHAPTER 14. vid, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusa

1 The destroyers of Jerusalem destroyed. 4 The lem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: coming of Christ, and the graces of his kingand they shall look upon me whom they dom. 12 The plague of Jerusalem's enemies. have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, 16 The remnant shall turn to the Lord, 20 and as one mourneth for his only son, and shall their spoils shall be holy. be in bitterness for him, as one that is in EHOLD, the day of the LORD cometh, bitterness for his firstborn.

11 In that day shall there be a great mourn- midst of thee. ing in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Ha- 2 For I will gather all nations against dadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be

12 And the land shall mourn, every fa- taken, and the houses rifled, and the womily apart; the family of the house of David men ravished ; and half of the city shall go apart, and their wives apart; the family forth into captivity, and the residue of the of the house of Nathan apart, and their people shall not be cut off from the city. wives apart;

3 Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight 13 The family of the house of Levi apart, against those nations, as when he fought in and their wives apart; the family of Shimei the day of battle. apart, and their wives apart;

4 Ånd his feet shall stand in that day 14 All the families that remain, every fa- upon the mount of Olives, which is before mily apart, and their wives apart.

Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of CHAPTER 13.

Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof to1 The fountain of purgation for Jerusalem,

ward the east and toward the west, and 2 from idolatry, and false prophecy.. 7 The there shall be a very great valley; and half death of Christ, and the trial of a third part. of the mountain shall remove toward the IN

that day there shall be a fountain north, and half of it toward the south. opened to the house of David and to 5 And ye shall flee to the valley of the the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and mountains; for the valley of the mountains for uncleanness.

shall reach unto Azal : yea, ye shall flee, 2 1 And it shall come to pass in that day, like as ye fled from before the earthquake saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the names of the idols out of the land, and the LORD my God shall come, and all the they shall no more be remembered : and saints with thee. also I will cause the prophets and the un- 6 And it shall come to pass in that day, clean spirit to pass out of the land.

that the light shall not be clear, nor dark : 3 And it shall come to pass, that when any 7 But it shall be one day which shall be shall yet prophesy, then his father and his known to the LORD, not day, nor night: mother that begat him shall say unto him, but it shall come to pass, that at evening Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies time it shall be light. Lei . in the name of the LORD: and his father 8 And it shall be in that day, that living and his mother that begat him shall thrust waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half him through when he prophesieth.

of them toward the former sea, and half 4 And it shall come to pass in that day, of them toward the hinder sea: in summer that the prophets shall be ashamed every and in winter shall it be. one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; 9 And the LORD shall be king over all the neither shall they wear a rough garment to earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, deceive:

and his name one.eu 15 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I 10 All the land shall be turned as a plain am an husbandman; for man taught me to from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem : keep oattle from my youth.

and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in 6 And one shall say unto him, What are her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the

The plague of
ZECHARIAH, 14.

Jerusalern's enemies. place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, 16 | And it shall come to pass, that every and from the tower of Hananeel unto the one that is left of all the nations which came king's winepresses.

against Jerusalem shall even go up from year 11 And men shall dwell in it, and there to year to worship the King, the LORD of shall be no more utter destruction; but hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

17 And it shall be, that whoso will not 12 | And this shall be the plague where- come up of all the families of the earth unwith the LORD will smite all the people that to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD have fought against Jerusalem ; Their flesh of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain. shall consume away while they stand upon 18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, their feet, and their eyes shall consume and come not, that have no rain; there away in their holes, and their tongue shall shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD consume away in their mouth.

will smite the heathen that come not up to 13 And it shall come to pass in that day, keep the feast of tabernacles. that a great tumult from the LORD shall 19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, le among them; and they shall lay hold and the punishment of all nations that come every one on the hand of his neighbour,

not up to keep the feast of tabernacles. and his hand shall rise up against the hand 20 In that day shall there be upon the of his neighbour.

bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO 14 And Judah also shall fight at Jeru- THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S salem; and the wealth of all the heathen house shall be like the bowls before the round' about shall be gathered together, altar. gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abun- 21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in dance.

Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of 15 And so shall be the plague of the horse, hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and take of them, and seethe therein: and and of all the beasts that shall be in these in that day there shall be no more the Catents, as this plague.

naanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

MALACHI.

THIsraer by Malachi.

not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, CHAPTER 1.

is it not evil?. offer it now unto thy gover1 Malachi complaineth of Israel's unkindness. nor; will he be pleased with thee, or accept 6 of their irreligiousness, 12 and profaneness.

thy person? saith the LORD of hosts. \HE burden of the word of the LORD to 9 And now, I pray you, beseech God that

he will be gracious unto us: this hath been 2 I have loved you, saith the LORD. Yet by your means : will he regard your perye say, Wherein hast thou loved us? Was sons ? saith the LORD of hosts. not Esau Jacob's brother? saith the LORD: 10 Who is there even among you that yet I loved Jacob,

would shut the doors for nought? neither 3 And I hated Esau, and laid his moun- do ye kindle fire on mine altar for nought. tains and his heritage waste for the dragons I have no pleasure in you, saith the LORD of the wilderness.

of hosts, neither will I accept an offering at 4 Whereas Edom saith, We are impove- your hand. rished, but we will return and build the de- 11 For from the rising of the sun even solate places; thus saith the LORD of hosts, unto the going down of the same my name They shall build, but I will throw down; shall be great among the Gentiles; and in and they shall call them, The border of every place incense shall be offered unto my wickedness, and, The people against whom name, and a pure offering: for my name the LORD hath indignation for ever.

shall be great among the heathen, saith the 5 And your eyes shall see, and ye shall LORD of hosts. say, The LORD will be magnified from the 12 q* But ye have profaned it, in that ye border of Israel.

say, The table of the LORD is polluted; 6 | A son honoureth his father, and a and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is servant his master: if then I be a father, contemptible. where is mine honour? and if I be a master, 13 Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness where is my fear? saith the LORD of hosts is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the unto you, o priests, that despise my name. LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus name?

ye brought an offering: should I accept this 7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; of your hand ? saith the LORD. and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? 14 But cursed be the deceiver, which hath In that ye say, The table of the LORD is in his flock a male, and voweth, and sacricontemptible.

ficeth unto the LORD a corrupt thing: for I 8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it am a great King, saith the LORD of hosts,

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