Zechariah 3

1The angel showed me Joshua the High Priest. Joshua was standing in front of the angel of the Lord and Satan was standing by Joshua’s right side. Satan was there to accuse Joshua of doing bad things. 2Then ˻the angel of˼ the Lord said, “The Lord rebukes you and he will continue to criticize you! The Lord has chosen Jerusalem to be his special city. He saved that city—it was like a burning stick pulled from the fire.” 3Joshua was standing in front of the angel. And Joshua was wearing a dirty robe. 4Then the angel said to the other angels standing near him, “Take those dirty clothes off of Joshua.” Then the angel spoke to Joshua. He said, “Now, I have taken away your guilt, and I am giving you a new change of clothes.” 5Then I said, “Put a clean turban on his head.” So they put the clean turban on him. They also put clean clothes on him while the Lord’s angel stood there. 6Then the Lord’s angel said these things to Joshua: 7The Lord All-Powerful said these things. ”Live the way I tell you, and do all the things I say. And you will be in charge of my temple. You will take care of its courtyard. You will be free to go anywhere in my temple just like these angels standing here. 8Listen to me High Priest Joshua and your fellow priests seated before you. These men are examples that show what will happen when I bring my special servant. He is called, The Branch. 9Look, I put a special stone in front of Joshua. There are seven sides on that stone. I will carve a special message on that special stone. That will show that in one day, I will remove the guilt from this land.” 10The Lord All-Powerful says, “At that time, people will sit and talk with their friends and neighbors. They will invite each other to come sit under the fig trees and grape vines.”

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