It is a time to listen and hear the word of Jehovah (The LORD our God).
Zechariah 1 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT) – (*the translations of names in parentheses are my additions)
1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, has a word of Jehovah been unto Zechariah (*Remembered of Jehovah), son of Berechiah (*Blessed of Jehovah), son of Iddo (*To advance at the appointed time), the prophet, saying:
2 `Jehovah was wroth against your fathers — wrath!
3 And you have said unto them, Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, turn back unto Me, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, And I turn back unto you, said Jehovah of Hosts.
4 You shall not be as your fathers, To whom the former prophets called, saying: Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, Turn back I pray you, From your evil ways and from your evil doings, And they did not hearken, Nor attend to Me — an affirmation of Jehovah.
5 Your fathers — where [are] they? And the prophets — to the age do they live?
6 Only, My words, and My statutes, That I commanded My servants the prophets, Have they not overtaken your fathers, And they turn back and say: As Jehovah of Hosts designed to do to us, According to our ways, and according to our doings, So He has done to us?’
7 On the twenty and fourth day of the eleventh month, (it [is] the month of Sebat (*transportation by correction),) in the second year of Darius, has a word of Jehovah been unto Zechariah, son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, the prophet, saying:
8 I have seen by night, and lo, one riding on a red horse, and he is standing between the myrtles that [are] in the shade, and behind him [are] horses, red, bay, and white.
9 And I say, `What [are] these, my lord?’ And the messenger who is speaking with me saith unto me, `I — I do shew you what these [are].’
10 And the one who is standing between the myrtles doth answer and say, `These [are] they whom Jehovah has sent to walk up and down in the land.’
11 And they answer the messenger of Jehovah who is standing between the myrtles, and say, `We have walked up and down in the land, and lo, all the land is sitting still, and at rest.’
12 And the messenger of Jehovah answereth and saith, `Jehovah of Hosts! till when dost You not pity Jerusalem, and the cities of Judah, that You have abhorred these seventy years?’
13 And Jehovah answereth the messenger, who is speaking with me, good words, comfortable words.
14 And the messenger who is speaking with me, saith unto me, `Call, saying: Thus said Jehovah of Hosts: I have been zealous for Jerusalem, and for Zion [with] great zeal.
15 And [with] great wrath I am wroth against the nations who are at ease, For I was a little wroth, and they assisted — for evil.
16 Therefore, thus said Jehovah: I have turned to Jerusalem with mercies, My house is built in it, An affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts, And a line is stretched over Jerusalem.
17 Again call, saying: Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, Again do my cities overflow from good, And Jehovah has again comforted Zion, And He has fixed again on Jerusalem.’
18 And I lift up mine eyes, and look, and lo, four horns.
19 And I say unto the messenger who is speaking with me, `What [are] these?’ And he saith unto me, `These [are] the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.’
20 And Jehovah doth shew me four artizans.
21 And I say, `What [are] these coming in to do?’ And He speaketh, saying: `These [are] the horns that have scattered Judah, so that no one has lifted up his head, and these come in to trouble them, to cast down the horns of the nations who are lifting up a horn against the land of Judah — to scatter it.’
The Hebrew word shebet from the Strong’s Hebrew Dictionary: #7626: shebet (pronounced shay’-bet) from an unused root probably meaning to branch off; a scion, i.e. (literally) a stick (for punishing, writing, fighting, ruling, walking, etc.) or (figuratively) a clan:–X correction, dart, rod, sceptre, staff, tribe.
In Job 37:13 shebet is translated correction, and in Psalms 2:9 it is the “rod” in the hand of the LORD.
Job 37 King James Version (KJV)
1 At this also my heart trembles, and is moved out of his place.
2 Hear attentively the noise of his voice, and the sound that goes out of his mouth.
3 He directs it under the whole heaven, and his lightning unto the ends of the earth.
4 After it a voice roars: he thunders with the voice of his excellency; and he will not stay them when his voice is heard.
5 God thunders marvelously with his voice; great things doeth he, which we cannot comprehend.
6 For he says to the snow, Be you on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
7 He seals up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work.
8 Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places.
9 Out of the south cometh the whirlwind: and cold out of the north.
10 By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
11 Also by watering he wearies the thick cloud: he scatters his bright cloud:
12 And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commands them upon the face of the world in the earth.
13 He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy.
14 Hearken unto this, O Job: stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Dost you know when God disposed them, and caused the light of his cloud to shine?
16 Dost you know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
17 How your garments are warm, when he quiets the earth by the south wind?
18 Have you with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?
19 Teach us what we shall say unto him; for we cannot order our speech by reason of darkness.
20 Shall it be told him that I speak? if a man speak, surely he shall be swallowed up.
21 And now men see not the bright light which is in the clouds: but the wind passes, and cleanses them.
22 Fair weather cometh out of the north: with God is terrible majesty.
23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.
24 Men do therefore fear him: he respects not any that are wise of heart.
Psalms 2 King James Version (KJV)
1 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing?
2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the LORD shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.
7 I will declare the decree: the LORD has said unto me, You art my Son; this day have I begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I shall give you the heathen for your inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for your possession.
9 You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O you kings: be instructed, you judges of the earth.
11 Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.
12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and you perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
Zechariah 2 Young’s Literal Translation (YLT)
1 And I lift up mine eyes, and look, and lo, a man, and in his hand a measuring line.
2 And I say, `Whither are you going?’ And he said unto me, `To measure Jerusalem, to see how much [is] its breadth, and how much its length.’
3 And lo, the messenger who is speaking with me is going out, and another messenger is going out to meet him,
4 and he said unto him, `Run, speak unto this young man, saying: Unwalled villages inhabit doth Jerusalem, From the abundance of man and beast in her midst.
5 And I — I am to her — an affirmation of Jehovah, A wall of fire round about, And for honor I am in her midst.
6 Ho, ho, and flee from the land of the north, An affirmation of Jehovah, For, as the four winds of the heavens, I have spread you abroad, An affirmation of Jehovah.
7 Ho, Zion, be delivered who art dwelling [with] the daughter of Babylon.
8 For thus said Jehovah of Hosts: After honor He has sent me unto the nations who are spoiling you, For he who is coming against you, Is coming against the daughter of His eye.
9 For lo, I am waving my hand against them, And they have been a spoil to their servants. And you have known that Jehovah of Hosts has sent me.
10 Singe, and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, For lo, I am coming, and have dwelt in your midst, An affirmation of Jehovah.
11 And joined have been many nations unto Jehovah in that day, And they have been to Me for a people, And I have dwelt in your midst, And you have known that Jehovah of Hosts has sent me unto you.
12 And Jehovah has inherited Judah, His portion on the holy ground, And He has fixed again on Jerusalem.
13 Hush, all flesh, because of Jehovah, For He has been roused up from His holy habitation!’