Zechariah 3
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1  He further showed me Yehoshua, the Kohen Gadol, standing before the angel of Hashem, and the Accuser standing at his right to accuse him.

א  וַיַּרְאֵנִי אֶת־יְהוֹשֻׁעַ הַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל עֹמֵד לִפְנֵי מַלְאַךְ יְהֹוָה וְהַשָּׂטָן עֹמֵד עַל־יְמִינוֹ לְשִׂטְנוֹ׃

2  But [the angel of] Hashem said to the Accuser, “Hashem rebuke you, O Accuser; may Hashem who has chosen Yerushalayim rebuke you! For this is a brand plucked from the fire.”

ב  וַיֹּאמֶר יְהֹוָה אֶל־הַשָּׂטָן יִגְעַר יְהֹוָה בְּךָ הַשָּׂטָן וְיִגְעַר יְהֹוָה בְּךָ הַבֹּחֵר בִּירוּשָׁלָ ִם הֲלוֹא זֶה אוּד מֻצָּל מֵאֵשׁ׃

3  Now Yehoshua was clothed in filthy garments when he stood before the angel.

ג  וִיהוֹשֻׁעַ הָיָה לָבֻשׁ בְּגָדִים צוֹאִים וְעֹמֵד לִפְנֵי הַמַּלְאָךְ׃

4  The latter spoke up and said to his attendants, “Take the filthy garments off him!” And he said to him, “See, I have removed your guilt from you, and you shall be clothed in [priestly] robes.”

ד  וַיַּעַן וַיֹּאמֶר אֶל־הָעֹמְדִים לְפָנָיו לֵאמֹר הָסִירוּ הַבְּגָדִים הַצֹּאִים מֵעָלָיו וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו רְאֵה הֶעֱבַרְתִּי מֵעָלֶיךָ עֲוׂנֶךָ וְהַלְבֵּשׁ אֹתְךָ מַחֲלָצוֹת׃

5  Then he gave the order, “Let a pure diadem be placed on his head.” And they placed the pure diadem on his head and clothed him in [priestly] garments, as the angel of Hashem stood by.

ה  וָאֹמַר יָשִׂימוּ צָנִיף טָהוֹר עַל־רֹאשׁוֹ וַיָּשִׂימוּ הַצָּנִיף הַטָּהוֹר עַל־רֹאשׁוֹ וַיַּלְבִּשֻׁהוּ בְּגָדִים וּמַלְאַךְ יְהֹוָה עֹמֵד׃

6  And the angel of Hashem charged Yehoshua as follows:

ו  וַיָּעַד מַלְאַךְ יְהֹוָה בִּיהוֹשֻׁעַ לֵאמֹר׃

7  “Thus said the lord of Hosts: If you walk in My paths and keep My charge, you in turn will rule My House and guard My courts, and I will permit you to move about among these attendants.

koh a-MAR a-do-NAI tz’-va-OT im bid-ra-KHAI tay-LAYKH v’-IM et mish-mar-TEE tish-MOR v’-gam a-TAH ta-DEEN et bay-TEE v’-GAM tish-MOR et kha-tzay-RAI v’-na-ta-TEE l’-KHA mah-l’-KHEEM BAYN ha-o-m’-DEEM ha-AY-leh

ז  כֹּה־אָמַר יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת אִם־בִּדְרָכַי תֵּלֵךְ וְאִם אֶת־מִשְׁמַרְתִּי תִשְׁמֹר וְגַם־אַתָּה תָּדִין אֶת־בֵּיתִי וְגַם תִּשְׁמֹר אֶת־חֲצֵרָי וְנָתַתִּי לְךָ מַהְלְכִים בֵּין הָעֹמְדִים הָאֵלֶּה׃

 3:7  And I will permit you to move about among these attendants

In this chapter, Yehoshua the Kohen Gadol (‘High Priest’) has his dirty clothes removed, symbolic of the removal of his sins. Yehoshua is told that if he walks in the ways of Hashem and follows His commandments, he will be allowed to “move about these attendants.” These attendants refers to the angels in the vision, implying that Yehoshua will be granted the ability to engage in direct communion with Hashem, just as the angels do. Some, however, interpret this to mean that Yehoshua will be given the right to enter Israel’s most sacred spot — the Holy of Holies in the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim, where the Kohen Gadol would enter once a year on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16).Comment

8  Hearken well, O High Priest Yehoshua, you and your fellow Kohanim sitting before you! For those men are a sign that I am going to bring My servant the Branch.

ח  שְׁמַע־נָא יְהוֹשֻׁעַ הַכֹּהֵן הַגָּדוֹל אַתָּה וְרֵעֶיךָ הַיֹּשְׁבִים לְפָנֶיךָ כִּי־אַנְשֵׁי מוֹפֵת הֵמָּה כִּי־הִנְנִי מֵבִיא אֶת־עַבְדִּי צֶמַח׃

9  For mark well this stone which I place before Yehoshua, a single stone with seven eyes. I will execute its engraving—declares the lord of Hosts—and I will remove that country’s guilt in a single day.

ט  כִּי הִנֵּה הָאֶבֶן אֲשֶׁר נָתַתִּי לִפְנֵי יְהוֹשֻׁעַ עַל־אֶבֶן אַחַת שִׁבְעָה עֵינָיִם הִנְנִי מְפַתֵּחַ פִּתֻּחָהּ נְאֻם יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת וּמַשְׁתִּי אֶת־עֲוׂן הָאָרֶץ־הַהִיא בְּיוֹם אֶחָד׃

10  In that day—declares the lord of Hosts—you will be inviting each other to the shade of vines and fig trees.”

י  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא נְאֻם יְהֹוָה צְבָאוֹת תִּקְרְאוּ אִישׁ לְרֵעֵהוּ אֶל־תַּחַת גֶּפֶן וְאֶל־תַּחַת תְּאֵנָה׃

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  • Laureen

    I think the single stone is the stumbling stone, the chief cornerstone. I think the seven eyes are the seven spirits of God mentioned in Isaiah 11. I heard this one day, as I was walking through my kitchen, "I, the distinguished twig of Judah." It startled me a little. I think the distinguished twig of Judah is Jesus. One day, I asked the Lord, "By what name were you called in your language when you were growing up?' He said, "Adonai." I think of these things quite often. Also, I told the Lord I have terrible difficulty memorizing scriptures, and asked, "If I could memorize some scripture, what should I memorize. He said, "Zechariah 3." I've been working at it for a very long time and have not gotten it right yet. I've looked at a lot of versions and tried many things; writing it repeatedly, speaking it repeatedly, drawing pictures for each verse, and listening to it read out loud on Biblegateway. Pray for me, if you will, to be able to do this. It worries me that when I face Him, I still will not know it. Sorry, I didn't read the guidelines. At least one person will read this and that is okay.

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