8:1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came [to me], saying,
8:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with
great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I have returned to Zion, and will dwell
in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city
of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy
8:4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and
old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with
his staff in his hand for very age.
8:5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls
playing in its streets.
8:6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it is marvelous in the eyes
of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be
marvelous in my eyes? saith the LORD of hosts.
8:7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people
from the east country, and from the west country;
8:8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of
Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their
God, in truth and in righteousness.
8:9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye
that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the
prophets, who [were] in the day [when] the foundation of the
house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be
8:10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any
hire for beast; neither [was there any] peace to him that went
out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men
every one against his neighbor.
8:11 But now I [will] not [be] to the residue of this people as
in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts.
8:12 For the seed [shall be] prosperous; 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 remnant of this
people to possess all these [things].
8:13 And it shall come to pass, [that] as ye were a curse among
the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I
save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, let your hands
8:14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish
you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of
hosts, and I repented not;
8:15 So again have I thought in these days to do good to
Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
8:16 These [are] the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man
the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and
peace in your gates:
8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his
neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these [are things]
that I hate, saith the LORD.
8:18 And the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying,
8:19 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth
[month], and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the
seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of
Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the
truth and peace.
8:20 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: [It shall] yet [come to
pass], that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of
8:21 And the inhabitants of one [city] shall go to another,
saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek
the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
8:22 And many people and strong nations shall come to seek the
LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
8:23 Thus saith the LORD of hosts: In those days [it shall come
to pass], that ten men out of all languages of the nations,
shall take hold, shall even take hold of the skirt of him that
is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard [that]
God [is] with you.