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Commentary on Zechariah

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1, 1 :

The second year…eighth month: October/November, 520 B.C.

1, 7 :

The second year…eleventh month: January/February, 519 B.C.

1, 1–2 :

The driver of a red horse: apparently distinct from the man, or angel of the Lord … standing among the myrtle trees, who spoke with the prophet. The four horsemen are sent by God to the four corners of the earth (Zec 2, 10 ), to see if the whole earth is at peace.

1, 12 :

These seventy years: see note on Jer 25, 1–14 .

1, 15 :

The complacent nations: the neighbors of Judah, especially Edom, which enjoyed their present prosperity and security at Judah's expense.

1, 16 :

Measuring line: not for devastation, as in Is 34, 11 , but for reconstruction.

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