1The word of Yahweh of Armies came to me.
2“This is what Yahweh of Armies says: I am jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I am jealous for her with great wrath.
3This is what Yahweh says: I will return to Zion and will dwell in the middle of Jerusalem. Jerusalem will be called the City of Truth, and the mountain of Yahweh of Armies, the Holy Mountain.
4“This is what Yahweh of Armies says: Old men and old women will again dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, every man with his staff in his hand for great age.
5And the streets of the city will be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.
6“This is what Yahweh of Armies says: If it is marvelous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in those days, should it also be marvelous in my eyes? says Yahweh of Armies.
7“This is what Yahweh of Armies says: Behold, I will save my people from the east country and from the west country,
8and I will bring them, and they will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem, and they will be my people and I will be their God in faithfulness and in righteousness.”
9This is what Yahweh of Armies says: “Let your hands be strong, you who hear in these days these words from the mouth of the prophets who were in the day that the foundation of the house of Yahweh of Armies was laid, even the temple, that it might be built.
10For before those days there was no wages for man, nor any wages for an animal, neither was there any peace to him who went out or came in, because of the enemy. For I set all men everyone against his neighbor.
11But now I will not be to the remnant of this people as in the former days, says Yahweh of Armies.
12For there will be a sowing of peace and the vine will yield its fruit, and the ground will give its increase, and the heavens will give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to inherit all these things.
13It will come to pass that as you, house of Judah and house of Israel, were a curse among the nations, so will I save you and you will be a blessing. Do not be afraid. Let your hands be strong.”
14For this is what Yahweh of Armies says: “As I thought to do evil to you when your fathers aroused my wrath, says Yahweh of Armies, and I did not repent,
15so again have I thought in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. Do not be afraid.
16These are the things that you must do: speak the truth to one another. Render judgments of truth and peace in your gates,
17and let none of you devise evil in your hearts against his neighbor, and do not love any false oath, for all these are things that I hate, says Yahweh.”
18The word of Yahweh of Armies came to me.
19“This is what Yahweh of Armies says: The fasts of the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth months will become joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.
20“This is what Yahweh of Armies says: Many peoples, and the inhabitants of many cities will yet come;
21and the inhabitants of one will go to another, saying, ‘Let us go speedily to entreat the favor of Yahweh and to seek Yahweh of Armies. I will go also.’
22Yes, many peoples and strong nations will come to seek Yahweh of Armies in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of Yahweh.
23This is what Yahweh of Armies says: In those days, ten men will take hold, indeed, from all the nations of every tongue, they will take hold of the robe of him who is a Jew, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”