Zechariah 8:1-23 NIV
The Lord Promises to Bless Jerusalem
1The Word of the Lord Almighty came to me.
2This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”
3This is what the Lord says:
“I will return to Zion and dwell in Jerusalem. Then Jerusalem will be called the Faithful City, and the Mountain of the Lord Almighty will be called the Holy Mountain.”
4This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each of them with cane in hand because of their age. 5 The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there.”
6This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“It may seem marvelous to the remnant of this people at that time, but will it seem marvelous to Me?” declares the Lord Almighty.
7This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“I will save My people from the countries of the east and the west.8I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be My people, and I will be Faithful and Righteous to them as their God.”
9This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Now hear these words, ‘Let your hands be strong so that the Temple may be built.’ This is also what the prophets said who were present when the foundation was laid for the House of the Lord Almighty. 10 Before that time there were no wages for people or hire for animals. No one could go about their business safely because of their enemies, since I had turned everyone against their neighbor. 11 But now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past,” declares the Lord Almighty.
12 “The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people. 13 Just as you, Judah and Israel, have been a curse among the nations, so I will save you, and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid, but let your hands be strong.”
14 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Just as I had determined to bring disaster on you and showed no pity when your ancestors angered me,” says the Lord Almighty, 15 “so now I have determined to do good again to Jerusalem and Judah. Do not be afraid. 16These are the things you are to do: Speak the truth to each other, and render true and sound judgment in your courts; 17 do not plot evil against each other, and do not love to swear falsely. I hate all this,” declares the Lord.
18The Word of the Lord Almighty came to me.
19This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh and tenth months will become joyful and glad occasions and happy festivals for Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.”
20This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Many peoples and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come, 21 and the inhabitants of one city will go to another and say, ‘Let us go at once to entreat the Lord and seek the Lord Almighty. I myself am going.’ 22 And many peoples and powerful nations will come to Jerusalem to seek the Lord Almighty and to entreat Him.”
23This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’ ”
8:1-8 The sins of Zion were her worst enemies. God will take away her sins, and then no other enemies shall hurt her. Those who profess religion must adorn their profession by godliness and honesty. When become a city of truth and a mountain of holiness, Jerusalem is peaceable and prosperous.
The scattered Israelites shall be brought together from all parts. God will never leave nor forsake them in a way of mercy, for this He has promised them; and they shall never leave nor forsake Him in a way of duty, as they have promised Him. These promises were partly fulfilled in the Jewish nation, between the captivity and the time of Christ's first Coming; and they had fuller accomplishment in the Gospel church; but the full import must be as to the future times of the future restoration of the Jews.
With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible; so far are God's Thoughts and Ways above ours. Let the hands of all who labor in the cause of the gospel be strong, serving the Lord in true holiness, having hope that their labor shall not be in vain when He rewards us for it.
8:9-17 Those who believe the promises, must show their faith by their works, and to wait the fulfillment. When God is displeased, He can cause trade to decay, and set every man against his neighbor; but when He returns in mercy, all is happy and prosperous. Surely believers in Christ must put away lying, and to speak every man peace with his neighbor, to hate what the Lord hates, and to love that wherein He delights.
8:18-23 When God comes towards us in ways of mercy, we must meet Him with joy and thankfulness. Therefore be faithful and honest in all your dealings; and let it be a pleasure to you to be so and live peaceably with all men. Let the Words of God rule in our heads, and let the peace of God rule in our hearts. Let us be living epistles of Christ, known and read of all men, so that others may wish to go with us, and to have their portion with us in the realms of Christ’s Eternal Blessings.