1Again I lifted up my eyes and saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of bronze.
2With the first chariot were red horses; with the second chariot were black horses;
3with the third chariot were white horses; and with the fourth chariot were dappled horses, all of them powerful.
4Then I asked the angel who talked with me, “What are these, my lord?”
5The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of the heavens that are going out after presenting themselves before the Lord of all the earth.
6The one with the black horses is going out toward the north country; and the white went out after them; and the dappled went out toward the south country.”
7When these strong ones went out, they were eager to go so they might walk back and forth throughout the earth. And he said, “Go around and throughout the earth!” So they walked back and forth throughout the earth.
8Then he called to me, and spoke to me, saying, “Behold, those who go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.”
9The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
10“Take an offering from some of them of the captivity, even from Heldai, from Tobijah, and from Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon; and the same day go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah.
11Yes, take silver and gold, and make crowns and set them on the head of Joshua the son of Jehozadak the high priest;
12and speak to him, saying, ‘This is what Yahweh of Armies says, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: and he will branch up out of his place, and he will build Yahweh’s temple;
13indeed, he will build Yahweh’s temple, and he will have the glory, and will sit and rule on his throne; and he will be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace will be between both offices.’”
14The other crowns will be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah for a reminder in Yahweh’s temple.
15“Those who are far off will come and build in Yahweh’s temple, and you will know that Yahweh of Armies has sent me to you. This will happen if you will diligently obey the voice of Yahweh your God.”