In another vision the LORD showed me the High Priest Joshua standing before the angel of the LORD. And there beside Joshua stood Satan,3.1 Satan: A supernatural being whose name indicates he was regarded as the opponent of human beings. ready to bring an accusation against him. 2
The angel of the LORD3.2 One ancient translation The angel of the LORD; Hebrew The LORD. said to Satan, “May the LORD condemn you, Satan! May the LORD, who loves Jerusalem, condemn you. This man is like a stick snatched from the fire.”
3Joshua was standing there, wearing filthy clothes. 4The angel said to his heavenly attendants, “Take away the filthy clothes this man is wearing.” Then he said to Joshua, “I have taken away your sin and will give you new clothes to wear.”
5He commanded the attendants to put3.5 Some ancient translations He commanded the attendants to put; Hebrew I said, “Let them put. a clean turban on Joshua's head. They did so, and then they put the new clothes on him while the angel of the LORD stood there.
6Then the angel told Joshua that 7the LORD Almighty had said: “If you obey my laws and perform the duties I have assigned to you, then you will continue to be in charge of my Temple and its courts, and I will hear your prayers, just as I hear the prayers of the angels who are in my presence. 8
Listen then, Joshua, you who are the High Priest; and listen, you fellow-priests of his, you that are the sign of a good future: I will reveal my servant, who is called The Branch! 9I am placing in front of Joshua a single stone with seven facets. I will engrave an inscription on it, and in a single day I will take away the sin of this land. 10
When that day comes, each of you will invite his neighbour to come and enjoy peace and security, surrounded by your vineyards and fig trees.”
41The angel who had been speaking to me came again and roused me as if I had been sleeping. 2“What do you see?” he asked.
“A lampstand made of gold,” I answered. “At the top is a bowl for the oil. On the lampstand are seven lamps, each one with places for seven wicks. 3
There are two olive trees beside the lampstand, one on each side of it.” 4Then I asked the angel, “What do these things stand for, sir?”
5“Don't you know?” he asked me.
“No, I don't, sir,” I replied.4.5 Verses 10b–14 are moved here from the end of the chapter in order to retain the natural order of the narrative.
The angel said to me, “The seven lamps are the seven eyes of the LORD, which see all over the earth.”
Then I asked him, “What do the two olive trees on either side of the lampstand mean? 12And what is the meaning of the two olive branches beside the two gold pipes from which the olive oil pours?”
13He asked me, “Don't you know?”
“No, I don't, sir,” I answered.
14Then he said, “These are the two men whom God has chosen and anointed to serve him, the Lord of the whole earth.”
The angel told me to give Zerubbabel this message from the LORD: “You will succeed, not by military might or by your own strength, but by my spirit. 7Obstacles as great as mountains will disappear before you. You will rebuild the Temple, and as you put the last stone in place, the people will shout, ‘Beautiful, beautiful!’ ”
8Another message came to me from the LORD. 9He said, “Zerubbabel has laid the foundation of the Temple, and he will finish the building. When this happens, my people will know that it is I who sent you to them. 10aThey are disappointed because so little progress is being made. But they will see Zerubbabel continuing to build the Temple, and they will be glad.”
51I looked again, and this time I saw a scroll flying through the air. 2The angel asked me what I saw. I answered, “A scroll flying through the air; it is nine metres long and 4.5 metres wide.”
3Then he said to me, “On it is written the curse that is to go out over the whole land. On one side of the scroll it says that every thief will be removed from the land; and on the other side it says that everyone who tells lies under oath will also be taken away. 4The LORD Almighty says that he will send this curse out, and it will enter the house of every thief and the house of everyone who tells lies under oath. It will remain in their houses and leave them in ruins.”
5The angel appeared again and said, “Look! Something else is coming!”
6“What is it?” I asked.
He replied, “It is a basket, and it stands for the sin5.6 Some ancient translations sin; Hebrew eye. of the whole land.”
7The basket had a lid made of lead. As I watched, the lid was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman!
8The angel said, “This woman represents wickedness.” Then he pushed her down into the basket and put the lid back down. 9I looked up and saw two women flying towards me with powerful wings like those of a stork. They picked up the basket and flew off with it.
10I asked the angel, “Where are they taking it?”
11He answered, “To Babylonia, where they will build a temple for it. When the temple is finished, the basket will be placed there to be worshipped.”