Zechariah 4
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1  And the angel that spoke with me returned and waked me as a man that is wakened out of his sleep.

א  וַיָּשָׁב הַמַּלְאָךְ הַדֹּבֵר בִּי וַיְעִירֵנִי כְּאִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יֵעוֹר מִשְּׁנָתוֹ.

2  And he said unto me: ‘What seest thou?’ And I said: ‘I have seen and behold a candlestick all of gold with a bowl upon the top of it and its seven lamps thereon; there are seven pipes yea seven to the lamps which are upon the top thereof;

va-YO-mer ay-LAI mah a-TAH ro-EH va-o-MAR ra-EE-tee v’-hi-NAY m’-no-RAT za-HAV ku-LAH v’-gu-LAH al ro-SHAH v’-shiv-AH nay-ro-TE-ha a-LE-ha shiv-AH v’-shiv-AH mu-tza-KOT la-nay-ROT a-SHER al ro-SHAH

ב  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי מָה אַתָּה רֹאֶה ויאמר (וָאֹמַר) רָאִיתִי וְהִנֵּה מְנוֹרַת זָהָב כֻּלָּהּ וְגֻלָּהּ עַל רֹאשָׁהּ וְשִׁבְעָה נֵרֹתֶיהָ עָלֶיהָ שִׁבְעָה וְשִׁבְעָה מוּצָקוֹת לַנֵּרוֹת אֲשֶׁר עַל רֹאשָׁהּ.

4:2  A candlestick all of gold

The Sages of the Talmud refer to Jerusalem as “the light of the world.” The symbol of this holy spiritual light was the Temple lamp, the ‘menorah,’ which emanated light through the unusual windows of the Sanctuary. The windows were made narrower on the inside – bringing less sunlight into the Sanctuary, but maximizing the spiritual light that burst forth to the world. This is symbolic of Israel’s mission to be a “light unto the nations” (Isaiah 42:6).


3  and two olive-trees by it one upon the right side of the bowl and the other upon the left side thereof.’

ג  וּשְׁנַיִם זֵיתִים עָלֶיהָ אֶחָד מִימִין הַגֻּלָּה וְאֶחָד עַל שְׂמֹאלָהּ.

4  And I answered and spoke to the angel that spoke with me saying: ‘What are these my lord?’

ד  וָאַעַן וָאֹמַר אֶל הַמַּלְאָךְ הַדֹּבֵר בִּי לֵאמֹר מָה אֵלֶּה אֲדֹנִי.

5  Then the angel that spoke with me answered and said unto me: ‘Knowest thou not what these are?’ And I said: ‘No my lord.’

ה  וַיַּעַן הַמַּלְאָךְ הַדֹּבֵר בִּי וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי הֲלוֹא יָדַעְתָּ מָה הֵמָּה אֵלֶּה וָאֹמַר לֹא אֲדֹנִי.

6  Then he answered and spoke unto me saying: ‘This is the word of Hashem unto Zerubavel saying: Not by might nor by power but by My spirit saith Hashem of hosts.

ו  וַיַּעַן וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי לֵאמֹר זֶה דְּבַר יְהוָה אֶל זְרֻבָּבֶל לֵאמֹר לֹא בְחַיִל וְלֹא בְכֹחַ כִּי אִם בְּרוּחִי אָמַר יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת.

7  Who art thou O great mountain before Zerubavel? thou shalt become a plain; and he shall bring forth the top stone with shoutings of Grace grace unto it.’

ז  מִי אַתָּה הַר הַגָּדוֹל לִפְנֵי זְרֻבָּבֶל לְמִישֹׁר וְהוֹצִיא אֶת הָאֶבֶן הָרֹאשָׁה תְּשֻׁאוֹת חֵן חֵן לָהּ.

8  Moreover the word of Hashem came unto me saying:

ח  וַיְהִי דְבַר יְהוָה אֵלַי לֵאמֹר.

9  ‘The hands of Zerubavel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that Hashem of hosts hath sent me unto you.

ט  יְדֵי זְרֻבָּבֶל יִסְּדוּ הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה וְיָדָיו תְּבַצַּעְנָה וְיָדַעְתָּ כִּי יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת שְׁלָחַנִי אֲלֵיכֶם.

10  For who hath despised the day of small things? even they shall see with joy the plummet in the hand of Zerubavel even these seven which are the eyes of Hashem that run to and fro through the whole earth.’

י  כִּי מִי בַז לְיוֹם קְטַנּוֹת וְשָׂמְחוּ וְרָאוּ אֶת הָאֶבֶן הַבְּדִיל בְּיַד זְרֻבָּבֶל שִׁבְעָה אֵלֶּה עֵינֵי יְהוָה הֵמָּה מְשׁוֹטְטִים בְּכָל הָאָרֶץ.

11  Then answered I and said unto him: ‘What are these two olive-trees upon the right side of the candlestick and upon the left side thereof?’

יא  וָאַעַן וָאֹמַר אֵלָיו מַה שְּׁנֵי הַזֵּיתִים הָאֵלֶּה עַל יְמִין הַמְּנוֹרָה וְעַל שְׂמֹאולָהּ.

12  And I answered the second time and said unto him: ‘What are these two olive branches which are beside the two golden spouts that empty the golden oil out of themselves?’

יב  וָאַעַן שֵׁנִית וָאֹמַר אֵלָיו מַה שְׁתֵּי שִׁבְּלֵי הַזֵּיתִים אֲשֶׁר בְּיַד שְׁנֵי צַנְתְּרוֹת הַזָּהָב הַמְרִיקִים מֵעֲלֵיהֶם הַזָּהָב.

13  And he answered me and said: ‘Knowest thou not what these are?’ And I said: ‘No my lord.’

יג  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלַי לֵאמֹר הֲלוֹא יָדַעְתָּ מָה אֵלֶּה וָאֹמַר לֹא אֲדֹנִי.

14  Then said he: ‘These are the two anointed ones that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.’

יד  וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלֶּה שְׁנֵי בְנֵי הַיִּצְהָר הָעֹמְדִים עַל אֲדוֹן כָּל הָאָרֶץ.

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