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F.B. Meyer's 'Through the Bible' CommentaryMeyer's Commentary

- Zechariah

by Frederick Brotherton Meyer

Outline of Zechariah

The Oracle of the Lord of Hosts

Introduction, Zechariah 1:1-6

I. Eight Visions Concerning Israel, Judah, and Jerusalem, Zechariah 1:7-15

1. The Horses among the Myrtles , Zechariah 1:7-17

2. The Four Horns and Four Smiths , Zechariah 1:18-21

3. The Man with a Measuring Line , Zechariah 2:1-13

4. The High Priest and the Adversary , Zechariah 3:1-10

5. The Candelabrum and Two Olive Trees , Zechariah 4:1-14

6. The Flying Roll , Zechariah 5:1-4

7. The Ephah , Zechariah 5:5-11

8. The Four Chariots , Zechariah 6:1-8

(The Coronation of Joshua), Zechariah 6:9-15

II. Reply to Deputation from Bethel, Zechariah 7-8

1. God Demands Obedience, Not Fasting , Zechariah 7:1-7

2. Warnings from the Past , Zechariah 7:8-14

3. God Waiting To Show Mercy , Zechariah 8:1-17

4. The Nations to Worship in Jerusalem , Zechariah 8:18-23

III. Judgment and Redemption, Zechariah 9-14

1. Judgments on the Nations; the King of Peace , Zechariah 9:1-17

2. Israel to be Saved and Strengthened , Zechariah 10:1-12

3. The Parable of the Shepherds , Zechariah 11:1-17

4. The Siege and Deliverance of Jerusalem , Zechariah 12:1-14

5. The Remnant Purified by Chastisement , Zechariah 13:1-9

6. The Exaltation of Jerusalem , Zechariah 14:1-21

Introduction to Zechariah

The prophet Zechariah lived at the same time as Haggai and was interested in the same effort to induce the Jews to carry on the rebuilding of their neglected Temple. The prophecies are dated a few years later than those of Haggai. In contrast to the direct and simple language of Haggai, Zechariah employs many figures and symbols to enforce his message. He especially wished to give encouragement and help to the leader and governor of the people, Zerubbabel, and the priest Joshua.

In the latter part of the book there are many pictures of the glorious and happy future, which God had in store for His people and of the Deliverer, who was to come to rule over them. There will come a great day “when the Lord shall be King over all the earth.”

e-Sword Note: The following material was presented at the end of Malachi in the printed edition

Review Questions on Zechariah


( a ) What visions did Zechariah see and what did they concern?

( b ) What is the consummation of the prophecy?


( c ) To what period of Jewish history does this prophecy belong?

( d ) What other prophet was contemporary with Zechariah?

( e ) What contrast may be noted as to style in the writing of these prophets?

( f ) What is the main theme in the book of Zechariah?

Zechariah 1-14

Each question applies to the paragraph of corresponding number in the Comments.

1. What warning does the prophet see in God’s dealing with the former generation?

2. What promises of redemption and protection are given to Jerusalem?

3. What does God expect from those whom He purifies?

4. How was Zerubbabel encouraged to persevere? What work was he engaged in?

5. What sins were recorded upon the “flying roll?”

6. What two offices was the man whose name is “The Branch” to occupy? In whose person are these two offices united?

7. What questions were asked regarding the duty of fasting? What does the prophet imply is of more importance than the outward act?

8. Name some of the blessings which are to accompany Jerusalem’s restoration?

9. What would ultimately become of the fasts about which the people had inquired?

10. What prophecy concerning Christ is found in this chapter? When was it fulfilled?

11. What price did Judas Iscariot receive for his betrayal of Christ? What reference is there in Zechariah 11:13 to the way in which this “price of blood” was used by the priests?

12. In the day of their repentance, what will cause the Jews the greatest grief?

13. When did Jesus apply Zechariah 13:7 to Himself?

14. What promise of restoration is given to the Jews?

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