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Zechariah 6 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Four Chariots

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:1 - I looked up again, and there before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:2 - The first chariot had red horses, the second black,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:3 - the third white, and the fourth dappled—all of them powerful.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:4 - I asked the angel who was speaking to me, “What are these, my lord?”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:5 - The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits[fn] of heaven, going out from standing in the presence of the Lord of the whole world.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:6 - The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west,[fn] and the one with the dappled horses toward the south.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:7 - When the powerful horses went out, they were straining to go throughout the earth. And he said, “Go throughout the earth!” So they went throughout the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:8 - Then he called to me, “Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit[fn] rest in the land of the north.”

A Crown for Joshua

Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:9 - The word of the LORD came to me:
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:10 - “Take silver and gold from the exiles Heldai, Tobijah and Jedaiah, who have arrived from Babylon. Go the same day to the house of Josiah son of Zephaniah.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:11 - Take the silver and gold and make a crown, and set it on the head of the high priest, Joshua son of Jozadak.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:12 - Tell him this is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Here is the man whose name is the Branch, and he will branch out from his place and build the temple of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:13 - It is he who will build the temple of the LORD, and he will be clothed with majesty and will sit and rule on his throne. And he[fn] will be a priest on his throne. And there will be harmony between the two.’
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:14 - The crown will be given to Heldai,[fn] Tobijah, Jedaiah and Hen[fn] son of Zephaniah as a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 6:15 - Those who are far away will come and help to build the temple of the LORD, and you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me to you. This will happen if you diligently obey the LORD your God.”
NIV Footnotes
Or winds
Or horses after them
Or spirit
Hebrew Jehozadak, a variant of Jozadak
Or there
Syriac; Hebrew Helem
Or and the gracious one, the

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