He further showed me Joshua, the high priest, standing before the angel of the LORD, and the AccuseraOthers “Satan.” standing at his right to accuse him.
But [the angel of] the LORD said to the Accuser, “The LORD rebuke you, O Accuser; may the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! For this is a brand plucked from the fire.”bJoshua’s father (Hag. 1.1; 1 Chron. 5.40–41) was exiled and his grandfather executed (2 Kings 25.18–21) by the Babylonians, but Joshua returned.
Now Joshua was clothed in filthy garments when he stood before the angel.
The latter spoke up and said to his attendants, “Take the filthy garments off him!” And he said to him, “See, I have removed your guilt from you, and you shall be clothed in [priestly] robes.”
Then hecHeb. “I.” gave the order, “Let a puredI.e., ritually pure. diadem be placed on his head.” And they placed the pure diadem on his head and clothed him in [priestly] garments,eJoshua has now been rendered fit to associate with the heavenly beings (v. 7); cf. Isa. 6.6–8. as the angel of the LORD stood by.
And the angel of the LORD charged Joshua as follows:
“Thus said the LORD of Hosts: If you walk in My paths and keep My charge, you in turn will rule My House and guard My courts, and I will permit you to move about among these attendants.
Hearken well, O High Priest Joshua, you and your fellow priests sitting before you! For those men are a sign that I am going to bring My servant the Branch.fI.e., the future king of David’s line. See 6.12; Jer. 23.5–6; 33.15–16; cf. Isa. 11.1.
For mark well this stone which I place before Joshua, a single stone with seven eyes.gMeaning of Heb. uncertain. The stone apparently symbolizes the God-given power of the future Davidic ruler; see below 4.6–7. I will execute its engraving—declares the LORD of Hosts—and I will remove that country’s guilt in a single day.
In that day—declares the LORD of Hosts—you will be inviting each other to the shade of vines and fig trees.”