Zechariah 3

3 Then [the guiding angel] showed me Joshua the high priest standing before [a]the Angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at Joshua’s right hand to be his adversary and to accuse him.

2 And the Lord said to Satan, The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! Even the Lord, Who [now and habitually] chooses Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this [returned captive Joshua] a brand plucked out of the fire?(A)

3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and was standing before the Angel [of the Lord].

4 And He spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And He said to [Joshua], Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with rich apparel.

5 And I [Zechariah] said, Let them put a clean turban on his head. So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him with [rich] garments. And the Angel of the Lord stood by.

6 And the Angel of the Lord [solemnly and earnestly] protested and affirmed to Joshua, saying,

7 Thus says the Lord of hosts: If you will walk in My ways and keep My charge, then also you shall rule My house and have charge of My courts, and I will give you access [to My presence] and places to walk among these who stand here.

8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your colleagues who [usually] sit before you—for they are men who are a sign or omen [types of what is to come]—for behold, I will bring forth My servant the [b]Branch.(B)

9 For behold, upon the stone which I have set before Joshua, upon that one stone are seven eyes or facets [the all-embracing providence of God and the sevenfold radiations of the Spirit of God]. Behold, I will carve upon it its inscription, says the Lord of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity and guilt of this land in a single day.(C)

10 In that day, says the Lord of hosts, you shall invite each man his neighbor under his own vine and his own fig tree.(D)

Footnotes

  1. Zechariah 3:1 See footnote on Zechariah 1:11.
  2. Zechariah 3:8 A Messianic title.

Cross references

  1. Zechariah 3:2 : Jude 9.
  2. Zechariah 3:8 : Isa. 4:2; Jer. 23:5; 33:15; Zech. 6:12.
  3. Zechariah 3:9 : II Chron. 16:9; Jer. 50:20; Zech. 4:10.
  4. Zechariah 3:10 : Mic. 4:1-4.

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