1 Again the word of the Lord of hosts came, saying,
‘I am [a]zealous for Zion with great [b]zeal;
With great [c]fervor I am zealous for her.’
‘I will return to Zion,
And dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
Jerusalem shall be called the City of Truth,
The Mountain of the Lord of hosts,
The Holy Mountain.’
‘Old men and old women shall again sit
In the streets of Jerusalem,
Each one with his staff in his hand
Because of [d]great age.
Shall be full of boys and girls
Playing in its streets.’
‘If it is [e]marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days,
Will it also be marvelous in My eyes?’
Says the Lord of hosts.
‘Behold, I will save My people from the land of the [f]east
And from the land of the [g]west;
And they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem.
They shall be My people
And I will be their God,
In truth and righteousness.’
‘Let your hands be strong,
You who have been hearing in these days
These words by the mouth of the prophets,
Who spoke in the day the foundation was laid
For the house of the Lord of hosts,
That the temple might be built.
There were no wages for man nor any hire for beast;
There was no peace from the enemy for whoever went out or came in;
For I set all men, everyone, against his neighbor.
The vine shall give its fruit,
The ground shall give her increase,
And the heavens shall give their dew —
I will cause the remnant of this people
To possess all these.
That just as you were a curse among the nations,
O house of Judah and house of Israel,
So I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.
Do not fear,
Let your hands be strong.’
‘Just as I determined to [i]punish you
When your fathers provoked Me to wrath,’
Says the Lord of hosts,
‘And I would not relent,
I am determined to do good
To Jerusalem and to the house of Judah.
Do not fear.
Speak each man the truth to his neighbor;
Give judgment in your gates for truth, justice, and peace;
And do not love a false oath.
For all these are things that I hate,’
Says the Lord.”
‘The fast of the fourth month,
The fast of the fifth,
The fast of the seventh,
And the fast of the tenth,
Shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts
For the house of Judah.
Therefore love truth and peace.’
‘Peoples shall yet come,
Inhabitants of many cities;
“Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord,
And seek the Lord of hosts.
I myself will go also.”
Shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem,
And to pray before the Lord.’
Zechariah, 8 chapter. New King James Version.