The Lord promises great blessings to His people in Jerusalem.

Scripture: Zechariah 8:1-17

ESV Text: Zechariah 8:1-17

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 8 1 Again the word of the LORD of hosts came to me, saying, 2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. 3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. 4 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. 5 And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof. 6 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; If it be marvellous in the eyes of the remnant of this people in these days, should it also be marvellous in mine eyes? saith the LORD of hosts. 7 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; 8 And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness. 9 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Let your hands be strong, ye that hear in these days these words by the mouth of the prophets, which were in the day that the foundation of the house of the LORD of hosts was laid, that the temple might be built. 10 For before these days there was no hire for man, nor any hire for beast; neither was there any peace to him that went out or came in because of the affliction: for I set all men every one against his neighbour. 11 But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts. 12 For the seed shall be prosperous; the vine shall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and I will cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. 13 And it shall come to pass, that as ye were a curse among the heathen, O house of Judah, and house of Israel; so will I save you, and ye shall be a blessing: fear not, but let your hands be strong. 14 For thus saith the LORD of hosts; As I thought to punish you, when your fathers provoked me to wrath, saith the LORD of hosts, and I repented not: 15 So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not. 16 These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: 17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 618:
Jerusalem, my Happy Home

— Organ Audio

1. Jerusalem, my happy home, 
Name ever dear to me, 
When shall my labors have an end? 
Thy joys when shall I see? 

2. When shall these eyes thy heav’n-built walls 
And pearly gates behold, 
Thy bulwarks with salvation strong, 
And streets of shining gold? 

3. Oh, when, thou city of my God, 
Shall I thy courts ascend 
Where evermore the angels sing, 
Where Sabbaths have no end? 

4. Apostles, martyrs, prophets, there 
Around my Savior stand; 
And soon my friends in Christ below 
Will join the glorious band. 

5. Jerusalem, my happy home, 
When shall I come to thee? 
When shall my labors have an end? 
Thy joys when shall I see? 

6. O Christ, do Thou my soul prepare 
For that bright home of love 
That I may see Thee and adore 
With all Thy saints above.