New Living Translation
And this is what the LORD of Heaven's Armies says: I am sending this curse into the house of every thief and into the house of everyone who swears falsely using my name. And my curse will remain in that house and completely destroy it--even its timbers and stones."
King James Bible
I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name: and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
Darby Bible Translation
I will cause it to go forth, saith Jehovah of hosts, and it shall enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him that sweareth falsely by my name; and it shall lodge in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof.
World English Bible
I will cause it to go out," says Yahweh of Armies, "and it will enter into the house of the thief, and into the house of him who swears falsely by my name; and it will remain in the midst of his house, and will destroy it with its timber and its stones."
Young's Literal Translation
'I have brought it out -- an affirmation of Jehovah of Hosts -- and it hath come in unto the house of the thief, and unto the house of him who hath sworn in My name to a falsehood, and it hath remained in the midst of his house, and hath consumed it, both its wood and its stones.'
Zechariah 5:4 Parallel
CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:4 It shall enter - This curse shall come with commission from me. It shall remain - It shall stick close to them and theirs like Gehazi's leprosy. And the stones - Nothing shall remain, as when both the timber and stones of a house are consumed.
"When you arrive in Canaan, the land I am giving you as your own possession, I may contaminate some of the houses in your land with mildew.
The owner of such a house must then go to the priest and say, 'It appears that my house has some kind of mildew.'
The homes of the wicked will burn down; burning sulfur rains on their houses.
The LORD curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the upright.
Therefore, a curse consumes the earth. Its people must pay the price for their sin. They are destroyed by fire, and only a few are left alive.
"Israel is like a thief who feels shame only when he gets caught. They, their kings, officials, priests, and prophets--all are alike in this.
You make vows and break them; you kill and steal and commit adultery. There is violence everywhere--one murder after another.
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