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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Zechariah 4:1-14

4  And the angel who was speaking with me proceeded to come back and wake me up, like a man that is awakened from his sleep.+  Then he said to me: “What are you seeing?”+ So I said: “I have seen, and, look! there is a lampstand, all of it of gold,+ with a bowl on top of it. And its seven lamps are upon it, even seven;+ and the lamps that are at the top of it have seven pipes.  And there are two olive trees alongside it,+ one on the right side of the bowl and one on its left side.”  Then I answered and said to the angel who was speaking with me, saying: “What do these [things] mean, my lord?”*+  So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me: “Do you not really know what these things mean?” In turn I said: “No, my lord.”+  Accordingly he answered and said to me: “This is the word of Jehovah to Ze·rub′ba·bel, saying, ‘“Not by a military force,*+ nor by power,*+ but by my spirit,”*+ Jehovah of armies has said.  Who are you, O great mountain?+ Before Ze·rub′ba·bel+ [you will become] a level land. And he will certainly bring forth the headstone.+ There will be shoutings+ to it: “How charming! How charming!”’”+  And the word of Jehovah continued to occur to me, saying:  “The very hands of Ze·rub′ba·bel have laid the foundation of this house,+ and his own hands will finish [it].+ And you will have to know that Jehovah of armies himself has sent me to YOU people.+ 10  For who has despised the day of small things?+ And they will certainly rejoice+ and see the plummet* in the hand of Ze·rub′ba·bel. These seven are the eyes of Jehovah.+ They are roving about in all the earth.”+ 11  And I proceeded to answer and say to him: “What do these two olive trees on the right side of the lampstand and on its left side mean?”+ 12  Then I answered the second time and said to him: “What are the two bunches of twigs* of the olive trees that, by means of the two golden tubes, are pouring forth from within themselves the golden [liquid]?” 13  So he said to me: “Do you not really know what these [things] mean?” In turn I said: “No, my lord.”+ 14  Accordingly he said: “These are the two anointed ones*+ who are standing alongside the Lord of the whole earth.”*+

Footnotes

“My lord.” Heb., ʼadho·ni′.
Or, “by vital energy.” Heb., vecha′yil.
“By power.” Heb., vekho′ach.
“By my spirit.” Heb., beru·chi′; Gr., pneu′ma·ti; Lat., spi′ri·tu. See Ge 1:2 ftn, “Force.”
Lit., “the stone [or, weight], the tin.” Heb., ha·ʼe′ven hab·bedhil′.
“Bunches of twigs of.” Heb., shib·baleh′, pl. Compare similar word in Jg 12:6 ftn, “Shibboleth.”
Lit., “sons of the oil,” MVg; LXXSy, “sons of fattiness”; T, “sons of princes.”
“Lord of the whole earth.” Heb., ʼAdhohn′ kol-ha·ʼa′rets.