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Zechariah 8

 

 

Introduction
1The restoration of Jerusalem.
9They are encouraged to build the temple by God's favour to them.
16Good works are required of them.
18Joy and enlargement are promised.

Verse 2
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury.
I was jealous
1:14-16; Psalms 78:58,59; Isaiah 42:13,14; 59:17; 63:4-6,15; Ezekiel 36:5,6; Joel 2:18; Nahum 1:2,6

Verse 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.
I am
1:16; Jeremiah 30:10,11
dwell
2:10,11; Isaiah 12:6; Ezekiel 48:35; Joel 3:17,21; John 1:14; 14:23; 2 Corinthians 6:16; Ephesians 2:21,22; Colossians 2:9; Revelation 21:3
a city
14:20,21; Isaiah 1:21,26; 60:14; Jeremiah 31:23; 33:16
the mountains
Isaiah 2:2,3
the holy
Isaiah 11:9; 65:25; 66:20; Revelation 21:10,27

Verse 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.
There
1 Samuel 2:31; Job 5:26; 42:17; Isaiah 65:20-22; Lamentations 2:20,21,22; 5:11-15; Hebrews 12:22
very age
Heb. multitude of days.

Verse 5
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.
playing
2:4; Psalms 128:3,4; 144:12-15; Jeremiah 30:19,20; 31:27; 33:11; Lamentations 2:19; Matthew 11:16,17

Verse 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.
marvellous
or, hard, or difficult. should.
Genesis 18:14; Numbers 11:22,23; 2 Kings 7:2; Jeremiah 32:17,27; Luke 1:20,37; 18:27; Romans 4:20,21; 6:19-21

Verse 7
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;
I
Psalms 107:2,3; Isaiah 11:11-16; 27:12,13; 43:5,6; 49:12; 59:19; 66:19,20; Jeremiah 31:8; Ezekiel 37:19-25; Hosea 11:10,11; Amos 9:14,15; Malachi 1:11; Romans 11:25-27
west country
Heb. country of the going down of the sun.
Psalms 50:1; 113:3

Verse 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.
and they shall dwell
Jeremiah 3:17,18; 23:8; 32:41; Ezekiel 37:25; Joel 3:20; Amos 9:14,15; Obadiah 1:17-21; Zephaniah 3:14-20
they shall be my
13:9; Leviticus 26:12; Jeremiah 4:2; 30:22; 31:1,33; 32:38,39; Ezekiel 11:20; 36:28; Ezekiel 37:27; Hosea 2:19-23; 2 Corinthians 6:16-18; Revelation 21:3,7
in truth
Jeremiah 4:2

Verse 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.
Let
13,18; Joshua 1:6,8; 1 Chronicles 22:13; 28:20; Isaiah 35:4; Haggai 2:4-9; Ephesians 6:10; 2 Timothy 2:1
the prophets
Ezra 5:1,2; Haggai 1:1,12; 2:21

Verse 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.
before
Haggai 1:6-11; 2:16-18
there was no hire for man
or, the hire of man became nothing, etc. neither.
Judges 5:6,7,11; 2 Chronicles 15:5-7; Jeremiah 16:16
for
Isaiah 19:2; Amos 3:6; 9:4; Matthew 10:34-36

Verse 11
But now I will not be unto the residue of this people as in the former days, saith the LORD of hosts.
8,9; Psalms 103:9; Isaiah 11:13; 12:1; Haggai 2:19; Malachi 3:9-11

Verse 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.
the seed
Genesis 26:12; Leviticus 26:4,5; Deuteronomy 28:4-12; Psalms 67:6,7; Proverbs 3:9,10; Isaiah 30:23; Ezekiel 34:26,27; 36:30; Hosea 2:21-23; Joel 2:22; Amos 9:13-15; Haggai 2:19
prosperous
Heb. of peace.
Psalms 72:3; James 3:18
the heavens
Genesis 27:28; Deuteronomy 32:2; 33:13,28; 1 Kings 17:1; Proverbs 19:12; Hosea 14:5; Haggai 1:10
the remnant
6; Micah 4:6,7; 1 Corinthians 3:21
to possess
Isaiah 61:7; Ezekiel 36:12; Obadiah 1:17-20; Matthew 6:33

Verse 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.
a curse
Deuteronomy 28:37; 29:23-28; 1 Kings 9:7,8; 2 Chronicles 7:20-22; Psalms 44:13,14,16; Psalms 79:4; Isaiah 65:15,16; Jeremiah 24:9; 25:18; 26:6; 29:18; 42:18; 44:12,22; Lamentations 2:15,16; 4:15; Ezekiel 5:15; Daniel 9:11
O house
1:19; 9:13; 10:6; 2 Kings 17:18-20; Isaiah 9:20,21; Jeremiah 32:30-32; 33:24; Ezekiel 37:11,16-19
ye shall
The consideration that all nations who now worship the true God, and receive the Sacred Scriptures as His word, have derived the whole of their divine knowledge, under God, from Jewish prophets, apostles, and teachers, and that the Saviour "in whom all nations shall be blessed," sprang from that favoured race, emphatically explains what is meant by "ye shall be a blessing." The full accomplishment of this prediction, however, is probably reserved for the future restoration of the Jews.
20-23; 10:6-9; Genesis 12:2,3; 26:4; Ruth 4:11,12; Psalms 72:17; Isaiah 19:24,25; Micah 5:7; Zephaniah 3:20; Galatians 3:14,28,29; Haggai 2:19
fear not
9; Isaiah 35:3,4; 41:10-16; 1 Corinthians 16:13

Verse 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:
As
1:6; Psalms 33:11; Isaiah 14:24; Jeremiah 31:28
I repented
2 Chronicles 36:16; Jeremiah 4:28; 15:1-6; 20:16; Ezekiel 24:14

Verse 15
So again have I thought in these days to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not.
have
Jeremiah 29:11-14; 32:42; Micah 4:10-13; 7:18-20
fear
13; Isaiah 43:1,2; Zephaniah 3:16,17; Luke 12:32

Verse 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:
are
Deuteronomy 10:12,13; 11:7,8; Micah 6:8; Luke 3:8-14; Ephesians 4:17; 1 Peter 1:13-16
Speak
19; 7:9; Leviticus 19:11; Psalms 15:2; Proverbs 12:17,19; Jeremiah 9:3-5; Hosea 4:1,2; Micah 6:12; Ephesians 4:25; 1 Thessalonians 4:6; Revelation 21:8
execute the judgment of truth and peace
Heb. judge truth and the judgment of peace.
7:9; Isaiah 9:7; 11:3-9; Amos 5:15,24; Matthew 5:9

Verse 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.
let
7:10; Proverbs 3:29; 6:14; Jeremiah 4:14; Micah 2:1-3; Matthew 5:28; 12:35; 15:19
love
5:3,4; Jeremiah 4:2; Malachi 3:5
things
Psalms 5:5,6; 10:3; Proverbs 6:16-19; 8:13; Jeremiah 44:4; Habakkuk 1:13

Verse 19
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.
the fourth
2 Kings 25:3,4; Jeremiah 39:2; 52:6,7
the fifth
7:3; Jeremiah 52:12-15
the seventh
7:5; 2 Kings 25:25; Jeremiah 41:1-3
the tenth
Jeremiah 52:4
joy
Esther 8:17; 9:22; Psalms 30:11; Isaiah 12:1; 35:10; 51:11; Jeremiah 31:12,13
feasts
Heb. solemn, or, set times. therefore.
16; Luke 1:74,75; Titus 2:11,12; Revelation 22:15

Verse 20
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and the inhabitants of many cities:
there
2:11; 14:16,17; 1 Kings 8:41,43; 2 Chronicles 6:32,33; Psalms 22:27; 67:1-4; 72:17; Psalms 89:9; 117:1,2; 138:4,5; Isaiah 2:2,3; 11:10; 49:6,22,23; 60:3-12; Isaiah 66:18-20; Jeremiah 16:19; Hosea 1:10; 2:23; Amos 9:12; Micah 4:1,2; Malachi 1:11; Matthew 8:11; Acts 15:14,18; Romans 15:9-12; Revelation 11:15

Verse 21
And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
Let
Psalms 122:1-9
speedily
or, continually. Heb. going.
Hosea 6:3
pray before the Lord
Heb. intreat the face of the Lord.
7:2
I will
Psalms 103:22; 146:1,2

Verse 22
Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
Isaiah 25:7; 55:5; 60:3-22; 66:23; Jeremiah 4:2; Micah 4:3; Haggai 2:7; Galatians 3:8; Revelation 15:4; 21:24

Verse 23
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you.
ten men
Genesis 31:7,41; Numbers 14:22; Job 19:3; Ecclesiastes 11:2; Micah 5:5; Matthew 18:21,22
out
Isaiah 66:18; Revelation 7:9,10; 14:6,7
take
1 Samuel 15:27,28; Isaiah 3:6; 4:1; Luke 8:44; Acts 19:12
We will
Numbers 10:29-32; Ruth 1:16,17; 2 Samuel 15:19-22; 2 Kings 2:6; 1 Chronicles 12:18; Isaiah 55:5; Isaiah 60:3; Acts 13:47,48
we have
Numbers 14:14-16; Deuteronomy 4:6,7; Joshua 2:9-13; 1 Kings 8:42,43; 1 Corinthians 14:25

 


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Zechariah 8:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/zechariah-8.html.

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Tuesday, November 12th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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