On the twenty-fourth day of Shebat, which was the eleventh month of that same year, the Lord spoke to me in a vision during the night: In a valley among myrtle trees, I saw someone on a red horse, with riders on red, brown, and white horses behind him. 9
An angel was there to explain things to me, and I asked, “Sir, who are these riders?” “I'll tell you,” the angel answered. 10
At once, the man standing among the myrtle trees said, “These are the ones the Lord has sent to find out what's happening on earth.” 11
Then the riders spoke to the Lord 's angel, who was standing among the myrtle trees, and they said, “We have gone everywhere and have discovered that the whole world is at peace.” 12
At this, the angel said, “ Lord All-Powerful, for 70 years you have been angry with Jerusalem and the towns of Judah. When are you ever going to have mercy on them?” 13
The Lord 's answer was kind and comforting. 14
So the angel told me to announce: Lord 15
For a while I was angry at the nations, but now I am furious, because they have made things worse for Jerusalem and are not the least bit concerned. 16
And so, I will have pity on Jerusalem. The city will be completely rebuilt, and my temple will stand again. 17
I also promise that my towns will prosper—Jerusalem will once again be my chosen city, and I will comfort the people of Zion.
Scripture taken from the Contemporary English Version ®. Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. Used by permission.