Zechariah 1:21

“Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted up their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Then said I, What come these to doe? And hee spake, saying, These are the hornes which haue scattered Iudah, so that no man did lift vp his head: but these are come to fray them, to cast out the hornes of the Gentiles, which lift vp their horne ouer the land of Iudah to scatter it.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I said, "What are these coming to do? And he said, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah so that no man lifts up his head; but these {craftsmen} have come to terrify them, to throw down the horns of the nations who have lifted up {their} horns against the land of Judah in order to scatter it.""
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Then said I, What come these to do? And he spake, saying, These are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head; but these are come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations, which lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then I said, What have these come to do? And he said, These are the horns which sent Judah in flight, and kept him from lifting up his head: but these men have come to send fear on them and to put down the nations who are lifting up their horns against the land of Judah to send it in flight.
- Basic English Bible

And I said, What come these to do? And he spoke, saying, Those are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man lifted up his head; but these are come to affright them, to cast out the horns of the nations, which lifted up the horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.
- Darby Bible

Then said I, What come these to do? And he spoke, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah, so that no man lifted up his head: but these are come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the Gentiles, which lifted their horn over the land of Judah to scatter it.
- Webster's Bible

Then I asked, "What are these coming to do?" He said, "These are the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man lifted up his head; but these have come to terrify them, to cast down the horns of the nations, which lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it."
- World English Bible

And I say, `What [are] these coming in to do?' And He speaketh, saying: `These [are] the horns that have scattered Judah, so that no one hath lifted up his head, and these come in to trouble them, to cast down the horns of the nations who are lifting up a horn against the land of Judah -- to scatter it.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

(2:4) Then said I: 'What come these to do?' And he spoke, saying: 'These--the horns which scattered Judah, so that no man did lift up his head--these then are come to frighten them, to cast down the horns of the nations, which lifted up their horn against the land of Judah to scatter it.'
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Zechariah 1:21


1:21 He - Christ. These - He first points to the four horns. But these - These carpenters are emblems of those instruments God will employ in breaking those destroyers. Who lift up - Who employed their arms and strength against the kingdom of Judah, to drive them out of God's inheritance.


Discussion for Zechariah 1

  • BSP
    Verse 4: If we had a bad parental example, we aren't doomed to follow their example. We can chose to do right.
  • A disciple
    Bruce; Why the relentless quarreling? Why the twisting of words and accusations? There are many "similes" used to describe the LORD's taking away of sins in His people... the depths of the sea, behind His back, removed as far as the east is from the west, etc... "Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." So then the aggressive nit-picker and fault-finder inherits what?
  • Bruce
    disciple: The Lord has removed My Sins as far as The East is from The West. Psalms 103:12. I never heard of Him throwing sins behind Him! What Sins has He Thrown backwards? Some take Pride and sit on The Throne giving directions not Knowing they're on The Wide Road. In that Day Many will Say:Lord,Lord have We done many Wonderful Works? Matthew 7:13-23
  • A disciple
    (7-17); The LORD's city set upon a hill, all Nations have seen: yet who among all their great ones has ever taken to heart what God has done to Israel, so as to consider themselves lest they also fall into His hands! Instead they have wickedly embolden themselves to fill up their world with all that they have imagined to do, and do not repent; and add to wrath by persecuting the already punished.
  • A disciple
    (1-6); A precept that was spoken of the LORD in Moses; (Leviticus 26:39-45); tells how WE in the end of days; when we do indeed confess our sins, and the sins of our ancestors, that we will with that humbled and penitent spirit, accept of the punishment from God, and amend our ways and our doings to walk in truth and do right in His sight. The condition of the world won't change until all is done.
  • Insight777
    Traditionally in Israel, horns are shofars, a call to war when they are lifted up. So the word horn is associated with war. Understand that scattered can mean troops, pilots or other military have left their homeland to fight foreign nations. It does not necessarily mean they have disbanded or fled their country in fear. I think it means they have been attacked and are responding with war.

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