Monday, June 6, 2016

Zechariah 6

There are a few liberties with names taken in the following.You will get it. Ruinous grace. Even my disabled son said, oxymoron.

I tear through this visionary when I should have been travelling on holiday. But that was not to be. So I pursue the translation as an escape from trouble.

Zechariah 6
וָאָשֻׁ֗ב וָאֶשָּׂ֤א עֵינַי֙ וָֽאֶרְאֶ֔ה וְהִנֵּ֨ה אַרְבַּ֤ע מַרְכָּבוֹת֙ יֹֽצְא֔וֹת מִבֵּ֖ין שְׁנֵ֣י הֶֽהָרִ֑ים
וְהֶהָרִ֖ים הָרֵ֥י נְחֹֽשֶׁת
1 And I turned and I lifted up my eyes and I saw, and behold, four chariots came out from between two of the hills,
and the hills were hills of brass.
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בַּמֶּרְכָּבָ֥ה הָרִֽאשֹׁנָ֖ה סוּסִ֣ים אֲדֻמִּ֑ים
וּבַמֶּרְכָּבָ֥ה הַשֵּׁנִ֖ית סוּסִ֥ים שְׁחֹרִֽים
2 In the first chariot were ruddy horses,
and in the second chariot black horses.
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וּבַמֶּרְכָּבָ֥ה הַשְּׁלִשִׁ֖ית סוּסִ֣ים לְבָנִ֑ים
וּבַמֶּרְכָּבָה֙ הָרְבִעִ֔ית סוּסִ֥ים בְּרֻדִּ֖ים אֲמֻצִּֽים
3 And in the third chariot white horses,
and in the fourth chariot dappled bay horses.
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וָאַ֙עַן֙ וָֽאֹמַ֔ר אֶל־הַמַּלְאָ֖ךְ הַדֹּבֵ֣ר בִּ֑י
מָה־אֵ֖לֶּה אֲדֹנִֽי
4 Then I answered and I said to the angel of the one speaking in me,
What are these, my Lord?
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וַיַּ֥עַן הַמַּלְאָ֖ךְ וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלָ֑י
אֵ֗לֶּה אַרְבַּע֙ רֻח֣וֹת הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם יוֹצְא֕וֹת מֵֽהִתְיַצֵּ֖ב עַל־אֲד֥וֹן כָּל־הָאָֽרֶץ
5 And the angel answered and he said to me,
These are four spirits of the heavens coming forth from being stationed by the Lord of all the land.
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אֲשֶׁר־בָּ֞הּ הַסּוּסִ֣ים הַשְּׁחֹרִ֗ים יֹֽצְאִים֙ אֶל־אֶ֣רֶץ צָפ֔וֹן וְהַלְּבָנִ֔ים יָצְא֖וּ אֶל־אַֽחֲרֵיהֶ֑ם
וְהַ֨בְּרֻדִּ֔ים יָצְא֖וּ אֶל־אֶ֥רֶץ הַתֵּימָֽן
6 The black horses that are in her go forth to the land of the north, and the white go forth after them.
The dappled go forth to the land of the south.
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וְהָאֲמֻצִּ֣ים יָצְא֗וּ וַיְבַקְשׁוּ֙ לָלֶ֙כֶת֙ לְהִתְהַלֵּ֣ך בָּאָ֔רֶץ וַיֹּ֕אמֶר לְכ֖וּ הִתְהַלְּכ֣וּ בָאָ֑רֶץ
וַתִּתְהַלַּ֖כְנָה בָּאָֽרֶץ
7 And the bay went forth and they sought to walk, to walk through the land, and he said, Go. Walk through the land.
And they walked through the land.
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וַיַּזְעֵ֣ק אֹתִ֔י וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר אֵלַ֖י לֵאמֹ֑ר
רְאֵ֗ה הַיּֽוֹצְאִים֙ אֶל־אֶ֣רֶץ צָפ֔וֹן הֵנִ֥יחוּ אֶת־רוּחִ֖י בְּאֶ֥רֶץ צָפֽוֹן ס
8 And he appealed with me and he spoke to me, saying,
See, these who go forth to the land of the north have given my spirit rest in the land of the north.
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וַיְהִ֥י דְבַר־יְהוָ֖ה אֵלַ֥י לֵאמֹֽר 9 And the word of Yahweh happened to me saying, 10
לָק֙וֹחַ֙ מֵאֵ֣ת הַגּוֹלָ֔ה מֵחֶלְדַּ֕י וּמֵאֵ֥ת טוֹבִיָּ֖ה וּמֵאֵ֣ת יְדַֽעְיָ֑ה
וּבָאתָ֤ אַתָּה֙ בַּיּ֣וֹם הַה֔וּא וּבָ֗אתָ בֵּ֚ית יֹאשִׁיָּ֣ה בֶן־צְפַנְיָ֔ה אֲשֶׁר־בָּ֖אוּ מִבָּבֶֽל
10 Take from the exiles, from Heldai, and from Tobiah, and from Jedaiah,
and you will come, you, in that day, and you will come to the house of Josiah, child of Zephaniah, that came from Babel.
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וְלָקַחְתָּ֥ כֶֽסֶף־וְזָהָ֖ב וְעָשִׂ֣יתָ עֲטָר֑וֹת
וְשַׂמְתָּ֗ בְּרֹ֛אשׁ יְהוֹשֻׁ֥עַ בֶּן־יְהוֹצָדָ֖ק הַכֹּהֵ֥ן הַגָּדֽוֹל
11 And take silver and gold and make crowns,
and put on the head Joshua child of Yehotsedek, the great priest.
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וְאָמַרְתָּ֤ אֵלָיו֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר כֹּ֥ה אָמַ֛ר יְהוָ֥ה צְבָא֖וֹת לֵאמֹ֑ר
הִנֵּה־אִ֞ישׁ צֶ֤מַח שְׁמוֹ֙ וּמִתַּחְתָּ֣יו יִצְמָ֔ח וּבָנָ֖ה אֶת־הֵיכַ֥ל יְהוָֽהּ
12 And say to him, saying, Thus says Yahweh of hosts saying,
Behold a man, Growth his name, and from under him, he will grow and build the temple of Yahweh.
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וְ֠הוּא יִבְנֶ֞ה אֶת־הֵיכַ֤ל יְהוָה֙ וְהֽוּא־יִשָּׂ֣א ה֔וֹד וְיָשַׁ֥ב וּמָשַׁ֖ל עַל־כִּסְא֑וֹ
וְהָיָ֤ה כֹהֵן֙ עַל־כִּסְא֔וֹ וַעֲצַ֣ת שָׁל֔וֹם תִּהְיֶ֖ה בֵּ֥ין שְׁנֵיהֶֽם
13 And he will build the temple of Yahweh, and he will bear splendour, and he will sit and govern on his throne,
and he will be a priest on his throne, and the counsel of peace will be between them both.
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וְהָעֲטָרֹ֗ת תִּֽהְיֶה֙ לְחֵ֙לֶם֙ וּלְטוֹבִיָּ֣ה וְלִידַֽעְיָ֔ה וּלְחֵ֖ן בֶּן־צְפַנְיָ֑ה
לְזִכָּר֖וֹן בְּהֵיכַ֥ל יְהוָֽה
14 And the crowns will be for dream, and for the goodness of Yah, and for the knowledge of Yah, and for grace, child of Zephaniah,
as memorial in the temple of Yahweh.
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וּרְחוֹקִ֣ים ׀ יָבֹ֗אוּ וּבָנוּ֙ בְּהֵיכַ֣ל יְהוָ֔ה וִידַעְתֶּ֕ם כִּֽי־יְהוָ֥ה צְבָא֖וֹת שְׁלָחַ֣נִי אֲלֵיכֶ֑ם
וְהָיָה֙ אִם־שָׁמ֣וֹעַ תִּשְׁמְע֔וּן בְּק֖וֹל יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶֽם ס
15 And those that are far off will come, and will build the temple of Yahweh, and you will know that Yahweh of hosts sent me to you,
and it will happen, if to hear you hear in the voice of Yahweh your God.
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