Zechariah 8 ©
The restoration of Jerusalem. The people are encouraged to build the temple by a promise of God's blessing. Truth and justice required of them. Joy and enlargement of the church promised.
Thus saith the LORD; dI am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called ea city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain.
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
And jI will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and kthey shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness.
¶Thus saith the LORD of hosts; lLet your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts mwas laid, that the temple might be built.
For qthe seed shall be 5prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the rremnant of this people sto possess all these things.
And it shall come to pass, that as ye were ta curse among the heathen, uO house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be va blessing: wfear not, but let your hands be strong.
¶And the word of the LORD of hosts came unto me, saying,
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; eThe fast of the fourth month, and the fast of fthe fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of gthe tenth, shall be to hthe house of Judah joy and gladness, and 7cheerful ifeasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, kLet us go 8speedily 9to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
Yea, lmany people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and 10to pray before the LORD.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that mten men shall take hold nout of all languages of the nations, even shall otake hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, pWe will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.