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Zechariah, chapter 4, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 4

New English Translation


   Vision Five: The Menorah
   1 The angelic messenger who had been speaking with me then returned and woke me, as a person is wakened from sleep. 2 He asked me, "What do you see?" I replied, "I see a menorah of pure gold with a receptacle at the top and seven lamps, with fourteen pipes going to the lamps. 3 There are also two olive trees beside it, one on the right of the receptacle and the other on the left." 4 Then I asked the messenger who spoke with me, "What are these, sir?" 5 He replied, "Don't you know what these are?" So I responded, "No, sir." 6 Therefore he told me, "These signify the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by strength and not by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD who rules over all."
   Oracle of Response
   7 "What are you, you great mountain? Because of Zerubbabel you will become a level plain! And he will bring forth the temple capstone with shoutings of 'Grace! Grace!' because of this." 8 Moreover, the word of the LORD came to me as follows: 9 "The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundations of this temple, and his hands will complete it." Then you will know that the LORD who rules over all has sent me to you. 10 For who dares make light of small beginnings? These seven eyes will joyfully look on the tin tablet in Zerubbabel's hand. (These are the eyes of the LORD, which constantly range across the whole earth. )
   11 Next I asked the messenger, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the menorah?" 12 Before he could reply I asked again, "What are these two extensions of the olive trees, which are emptying out the golden oil through the two golden pipes?" 13 He replied, "Don't you know what these are?" And I said, "No, sir." 14 So he said, "These are the two anointed ones who stand by the LORD of the whole earth."

King James Version


   1 And the angel that talked with me came again, and waked me, as a man that is wakened out of his sleep,
   2 And said unto me, What seest thou? And I said, I have looked, and behold a candlestick all of gold, with a bowl upon the top of it, and his seven lamps thereon, and seven pipes to the seven lamps, which are upon the top thereof:
   3 And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.
   4 So I answered and spake to the angel that talked with me, saying, What are these, my lord?
   5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said unto me, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
   6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
   7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it.
   8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
   9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.
   10 For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.
   11 ¶ Then answered I, and said unto him, What are these two olive trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?
   12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
   13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
   14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
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