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Zechariah 3

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Verse 1

shewed one. This is the fourth of the eight visions. See the Structure, p. 1281.

Joshua. See note on Haggai 1:1 .

standing. Put by Figure of speech Metonymy (of Adjunct), App-6 , for ministering.

the angel. See note on Zechariah 1:9 .

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4 .

Satan . . . to resist him. Note the Figure of speech Paronomasia ( App-6 ). Hebrew. hassatan . . . lesitno = the Adversary . . . to be an adversary; or, the Accuser . . . to accuse him, &c.

Satan Accuser, or Opposer. See Numbers 22:22 , Numbers 22:32 . 1 Chronicles 21:1 .Job 1:6 , Job 1:7 , Job 1:8 , Job 1:12 , &c.

at his right hand. Compare Psalms 109:6 . Job 30:12 .

to resist him = to be his adversary. Compare Numbers 22:32 , 1Sa 29:4 , 1 Samuel 29:4 , 1 Samuel 19:22 . 1Ki 5:4 ; 1 Kings 11:14 , 1 Kings 11:23 , 1 Kings 11:25 .

Verse 2

rebuke thee . Compare Jude 1:9 .

hath chosen = bath now and heretofore chosen.

is not this . . . ? i.e. have I not plucked, &c. Figure of speech Erotesis. App-6 .

a brand, &c. Compare Amos 4:11 .

Verse 3

was = had come to be. Compare Genesis 1:2 .

filthy. A symbol of the defiling nature of sin. Compare Proverbs 30:12 .Isaiah 4:4 , &c.

Verse 4

those that stood, &c. : i.e. the ministering spirits who waited on Him. Compare Deuteronomy 1:38 . 1Sa 16:21 . 1 Kings 10:8 .

Behold. Figure of speech Asterismos . App-6 .

iniquity. Hebrew. aven . App-44 .

from thee = from upon thee, or from off thee. Compare 2 Samuel 12:13 ; 2 Samuel 24:10 . Job 7:21 .

I will clothe = I have caused thee to be clothed.

change of raiment = rich or costly garments: i.e. robes of state, or of righteousness.

Verse 5

And I said = Then said I(i.e. the prophet); but some codices, with Syriac and Vulgate, read "then said He".

Let them set. Reference to Pentateuch (Exodus 29:6 ). App-92 .

fair = clean, or pure.

mitre = turban. See Exodus 28:37 .

stood by : i.e. while this was being done.

Verse 6

protested = solemnly affirmed, or testified. Reference to Pentateuch (Genesis 43:3 .Deuteronomy 8:19 . Compare Jeremiah 11:7 .

Verse 7

the Lord of hosts. See note on Zechariah 1:3 and on 1 Samuel 1:3 .

if thou wilt keep, &c. Reference to Pentateuch (Leviticus 8:35 ). App-92 .

judge My house, &c. = govern My house. Reference to Pentateuch (Deuteronomy 17:9 ). App-92 .

places to walk = free access, or right of way.

these that stand by: i.e. the attendant angels of Psalms 103:21 . Compare 1 Kings 22:19 . 1 Timothy 5:21 .

by: i.e. in My presence.

Verse 8

fellows = colleagues.

men wondered at = men of sign: i.e. men to serve as signs [of One greater].

men. Hebrew, plural of "enosh. App-14 .

My Servant the BRANCH : i.e. Messiah,

the BRANCH. Compare Isaiah 4:2 .Jeremiah 23:5 , Jeremiah 23:6 ; Jeremiah 33:15 .Jeremiah 6:12 . Hebrew zemiah. Not the same word as in Isaiah 11:1 , or Psalms 80:15 , Psalms 80:17 . See notes on p, 1304.

BRANCH. See App-48 .

Verse 9

upon = fixed upon; as in Deuteronomy 11:12 . Compare 1 Kings 9:3 .Ezra 5:5 .

one stone: or, every stone.

seven eyes = seven pairs of eyes. Watching and caring for. Compare Zechariah 4:10 .

saith the LORD of hosts = [is] tho oracle of Jehovah Sabaioth.

in one day . Compare Isaiah 66:5-9

Verse 10

that day: i.e. the day of Messiah.

call = call in . . . under: i.e. invite to sit down and feast.

every man. Hebrew Ish. App-14 .

the = his own; as in Micah 4:4 .

Bibliographical Information
Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Zechariah 3". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/zechariah-3.html. 1909-1922.
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