|וַֽיְהִי֙ בִּשְׁנַ֣ת אַרְבַּ֔ע לְדָרְיָ֖וֶשׁ הַמֶּ֑לֶךְ |
הָיָ֨ה דְבַר־יְהוָ֜ה אֶל־זְכַרְיָ֗ה בְּאַרְבָּעָ֛ה לַחֹ֥דֶשׁ הַתְּשִׁעִ֖י בְּכִסְלֵֽו
|1||And it was in the fourth year of Darius, the king, |
the word of Yahweh happened to Zechariah on the fourth of the ninth month, Kislev.
|וַיִּשְׁלַח֙ בֵּֽית־אֵ֔ל שַׂר־אֶ֕צֶר וְרֶ֥גֶם מֶ֖לֶךְ וַֽאֲנָשָׁ֑יו |
לְחַלּ֖וֹת אֶת־פְּנֵ֥י יְהוָֽה
|2||And God-House sent Treasury-Chief and Crowd-King and his men, |
to wait expectantly before Yahweh,
|לֵאמֹ֗ר אֶל־הַכֹּֽהֲנִים֙ אֲשֶׁר֙ לְבֵית־יְהוָ֣ה צְבָא֔וֹת וְאֶל־הַנְּבִיאִ֖ים לֵאמֹ֑ר |
הַֽאֶבְכֶּה֙ בַּחֹ֣דֶשׁ הַחֲמִשִׁ֔י הִנָּזֵ֕ר כַּאֲשֶׁ֣ר עָשִׂ֔יתִי זֶ֖ה כַּמֶּ֥ה שָׁנִֽים
|3||to say to the priests that were of the house of Yahweh of hosts, and to the prophets saying, |
Should I weep in the fifth new moon, consecrating, as I have done these how many years?
|וַיְהִ֛י דְּבַר־יְהוָ֥ה צְבָא֖וֹת אֵלַ֥י לֵאמֹֽר||4||And the word of Yahweh of hosts happened to me, saying,||13|
|אֱמֹר֙ אֶל־כָּל־עַ֣ם הָאָ֔רֶץ וְאֶל־הַכֹּהֲנִ֖ים לֵאמֹ֑ר |
כִּֽי־צַמְתֶּ֨ם וְסָפ֜וֹד בַּחֲמִישִׁ֣י וּבַשְּׁבִיעִ֗י וְזֶה֙ שִׁבְעִ֣ים שָׁנָ֔ה הֲצ֥וֹם צַמְתֻּ֖נִי אָֽנִי
|5||Say to all the people of the land and the priests, saying, |
That you fasted and wailed in the fifth and in the seventh for this seventy year span, did you fast my fast for me?
|וְכִ֥י תֹאכְל֖וּ וְכִ֣י תִשְׁתּ֑וּ |
הֲל֤וֹא אַתֶּם֙ הָאֹ֣כְלִ֔ים וְאַתֶּ֖ם הַשֹּׁתִֽים
|6||And that you ate and that you imbibed, |
was it not you eating and you imbibing?
|הֲל֣וֹא אֶת־הַדְּבָרִ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֨ר קָרָ֤א יְהוָה֙ בְּיַד֙ הַנְּבִיאִ֣ים הָרִֽאשֹׁנִ֔ים בִּהְי֤וֹת יְרוּשָׁלִַ֙ם֙ יֹשֶׁ֣בֶת וּשְׁלֵוָ֔ה וְעָרֶ֖יהָ סְבִיבֹתֶ֑יהָ |
וְהַנֶּ֥גֶב וְהַשְּׁפֵלָ֖ה יֹשֵֽׁב פ
|7||What about the things that Yahweh proclaimed by the hand of the former prophets, when it was that Jerusalem was inhabited and at peace, and her cities surrounding her, |
and the Negev and the lowly places were inhabited?
|וַֽיְהִי֙ דְּבַר־יְהוָ֔ה אֶל־זְכַרְיָ֖ה לֵאמֹֽר||8||And the word of Yahweh happened to Zechariah, saying,||12|
|כֹּ֥ה אָמַ֛ר יְהוָ֥ה צְבָא֖וֹת לֵאמֹ֑ר |
מִשְׁפַּ֤ט אֱמֶת֙ שְׁפֹ֔טוּ וְחֶ֣סֶד וְרַֽחֲמִ֔ים עֲשׂ֖וּ אִ֥ישׁ אֶת־אָחִֽיו
|9||Thus says Yahweh of hosts, saying, |
Judge with truthful judgment, and undertake mercy and compassion, each for his kin.
|וְאַלְמָנָ֧ה וְיָת֛וֹם גֵּ֥ר וְעָנִ֖י אַֽל־תַּעֲשֹׁ֑קוּ |
וְרָעַת֙ אִ֣ישׁ אָחִ֔יו אַֽל־תַּחְשְׁב֖וּ בִּלְבַבְכֶֽם
|10||And widow and orphan, guest and the poor, do not oppress, |
and evil against kin, let it not be that you plot in your heart.
|וַיְמָאֲנ֣וּ לְהַקְשִׁ֔יב וַיִּתְּנ֥וּ כָתֵ֖ף סֹרָ֑רֶת |
וְאָזְנֵיהֶ֖ם הִכְבִּ֥ידוּ מִשְּׁמֽוֹעַ
|11||But they would not pay attention and they put forth a rebellious shoulder, |
and their ears were too heavy to hear.
|וְלִבָּ֞ם שָׂ֣מוּ שָׁמִ֗יר מִ֠שְּׁמוֹעַ אֶת־הַתּוֹרָ֤ה וְאֶת־הַדְּבָרִים֙ אֲשֶׁ֨ר שָׁלַ֜ח יְהוָ֤ה צְבָאוֹת֙ בְּרוּח֔וֹ בְּיַ֖ד הַנְּבִיאִ֣ים הָרִֽאשֹׁנִ֑ים |
וַֽיְהִי֙ קֶ֣צֶף גָּד֔וֹל מֵאֵ֖ת יְהוָ֥ה צְבָאֽוֹת
|12||And their heart they rendered as adamant, lest they hear instruction, and the matters that Yahweh of hosts sent by his spirit, by the hand of the former prophets, |
and there was great rage from Yahweh of hosts.
|וַיְהִ֥י כַאֲשֶׁר־קָרָ֖א וְלֹ֣א שָׁמֵ֑עוּ |
כֵּ֤ן יִקְרְאוּ֙ וְלֹ֣א אֶשְׁמָ֔ע אָמַ֖ר יְהוָ֥ה צְבָאֽוֹת
|13||And it happened that as he called and they did not hear, |
so they called and I would not hear, says Yahweh of hosts.
|וְאֵ֣סָעֲרֵ֗ם עַ֤ל כָּל־הַגּוֹיִם֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר לֹֽא־יְדָע֔וּם וְהָאָ֙רֶץ֙ נָשַׁ֣מָּה אַֽחֲרֵיהֶ֔ם מֵֽעֹבֵ֖ר וּמִשָּׁ֑ב |
וַיָּשִׂ֥ימוּ אֶֽרֶץ־חֶמְדָּ֖ה לְשַׁמָּֽה פ
|14||So I storm-tossed them upon all the nations who they did not know, and the land was desolate after them from passing through and returning, |
and they set the attractive land to desolation.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
One is not expecting a warm homecoming. Zechariah is indirect in his criticism. There is perhaps no other way for the wayward human.
Posted by Bob MacDonald