Zechariah 4
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The Vision of the Golden Menorah

1Then the angel who had been speaking with me returned and woke me up as if I had been asleep. 2Then he asked me, “What do you see?”

So I said, “I have been watching—and look!—there is a menorah made completely of gold with a bowl on top of it. And there are seven lights on it, along with seven feeder channels to the lamps, which are also on top of it. 3Two olive trees are near it, one on the right side of the bowl and one on the left.”

4Then I asked the angel who had been speaking with me, “Sir,a what are these?”

5The angel who had been speaking with me answered by asking, “You don’t know what these mean, do you?”

So I responded, “No, sir.”

The LORD’s First Charge to Zerubbabel

6Then he replied to me, “This is this message from the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by valor nor by strength, but only by my Spirit,’ says the LORD of the Heavenly Armies. 7‘Who are you, great mountain? You will become a plain in Zerubbabel’s presence, and he will position the capstone, exulting over it, “How beautiful! How beautiful!”’”

The LORD’s Second Charge to Zerubbabel

8Then this message from the LORD came to me again: 9“Zerubbabel’s hands have laid the foundation of this Temple, and his hands will finish it, so that you will know that the LORD of the Heavenly Armies has sent me to all of you. 10For who has despised the timeb of insignificant things? They will rejoice to see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.c These seven lightsd represent the eyes of the LORD, which are looking throughout all of the earth.”

The Two Anointed Ones

11Then I asked the angel,e “What are these two olive trees, onef on the right of the menorah and oneg on the left?” 12I also asked him a second question: “What are these two olive branches on either side ofh the two golden feeder channels that carry the golden oil to the seven lights?”i

13The angelj replied, “You don’t know what these are, do you?”

I responded to him, “No, sir.”

14He said, “These are the two anointed ones,k who stand continuously beside the Lord of the whole earth.”

a 4:4 Lit. My lord
b 4:10 Lit. day
c 4:10 i.e. building the temple
d 4:10 The Heb. lacks lights
e 4:11 Lit. him
f 4:11 The Heb. lacks one
g 4:11 The Heb. lacks one
h 4:12 Lit. that are at the hand of
i 4:12 The Heb. lacks oil to the seven lights
j 4:13 Lit. He
k 4:14 Lit. sons of fresh oil

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