Chapter 9

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1 The burden of the word of the LORD in the land of Hadrach, and Damascus shall be the rest thereof: when the eyes of man, as of all the tribes of Israel, shall be toward the LORD.

2 And Hamath also shall border thereby; Tyrus, and Zidon, though it be very wise.

3 And Tyrus did build herself a strong hold, and heaped up silver as the dust, and fine gold as the mire of the streets.

4 Behold, the Lord will cast her out, and he will smite her power in the sea; and she shall be devoured with fire.

5 Ashkelon shall see it, and fear; Gaza also shall see it, and be very sorrowful, and Ekron; for her expectation shall be ashamed; and the king shall perish from Gaza, and Ashkelon shall not be inhabited.

6 And a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.

7 And I will take away his blood out of his mouth, and his abominations from between his teeth: but he that remaineth, even he, shall be for our God, and he shall be as a governor in Judah, and Ekron as a Jebusite.

8 And I will encamp about mine house because of the army, because of him that passeth by, and because of him that returneth: and no oppressor shall pass through them any more: for now have I seen with mine eyes.

9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth.

11 As for thee also, by the blood of thy covenant I have sent forth thy prisoners out of the pit wherein is no water.

12 Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double unto thee;

13 When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

14 And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south.

15 The LORD of hosts shall defend them; and they shall devour, and subdue with sling stones; and they shall drink, and make a noise as through wine; and they shall be filled like bowls, and as the corners of the altar.

16 And the LORD their God shall save them in that day as the flock of his people: for they shall be as the stones of a crown, lifted up as an ensign upon his land.

17 For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

Commentary for Zechariah 9

God's defence of his church. (1-8) Christ's coming and his kingdom. (9-11) Promises to the church. (12-17)1-8 Here are judgements foretold on several nations. While the Macedonians and Alexander's successors were in warfare in these countries, the Lord promised to protect his people. God's house lies in the midst of an enemy's country; his church is as a lily among thorns. God's power and goodness are seen in her special preservation. The Lord encamps about his church, and while armies of proud opposers shall pass by and return, his eyes watch over her, so that they cannot prevail, and shortly the time will come when no exactor shall pass by her any more.

9-17 The prophet breaks forth into a joyful representation of the coming of the Messiah, of whom the ancient Jews explained this prophecy. He took the character of their King, when he entered Jerusalem amidst the hosannas of the multitude. But his kingdom is a spiritual kingdom. It shall not be advanced by outward force or carnal weapons. His gospel shall be preached to the world, and be received among the heathen. A sinful state is a state of bondage; it is a pit, or dungeon, in which there is no water, no comfort; and we are all by nature prisoners in this pit. Through the precious blood of Christ, many prisoners of Satan have been set at liberty from the horrible pit in which they must otherwise have perished, without hope or comfort. While we admire Him, let us seek that his holiness and truth may be shown in our own spirits and conduct. These promises have accomplishment in the spiritual blessings of the gospel which we enjoy by Jesus Christ. As the deliverance of the Jews was typical of redemption by Christ, so this invitation speaks to all the language of the gospel call. Sinners are prisoners, but prisoners of hope; their case is sad, but not desperate; for there is hope in Israel concerning them. Christ is a Strong-hold, a strong Tower, in whom believers are safe from the fear of the wrath of God, the curse of the law, and the assaults of spiritual enemies. To him we must turn with lively faith; to him we must flee, and trust in his name under all trials and sufferings. It is here promised that the Lord would deliver his people. This passage also refers to the apostles, and the preachers of the gospel in the early ages. God was evidently with them; his words from their lips pierced the hearts and consciences of the hearers. They were wondrously defended in persecution, and were filled with the influences of the Holy Spirit. They were saved by the Good Shepherd as his flock, and honoured as jewels of his crown. The gifts, graces, and consolations of the Spirit, poured forth on the day of Pentecost, #Ac 2| and in succeeding times, are represented. Sharp have been, and still will be, the conflicts of Zion's sons, but their God will give them success. The more we are employed, and satisfied with his goodness, the more we shall admire the beauty revealed in the Redeemer. Whatever gifts God bestows on us, we must serve him cheerfully with them; and, when refreshed with blessings, we must say, How great is his goodness!

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Zechariah 9

  • Sharon
    When God said a bastard shall dwell in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines. God is referring to those who are denying Him. A bastard is a false leader a perverter of the Gospel. There are many in the pulpit, but they fail to see that God will cut them off. They are not called or chosen as leaders by God. These are the men who are the Bastard Children of Satan, and they hate God
  • Alex
    Just as the king came on the donkey and her colt the kingdom is gonna come with the WOMAN and her Child which is humanity and her offspring Immanuel God with us which is the H.G. OUR NEW INNERMAN HE SAID THAT WHICH IS BORN OF THE SPIRIT IS SPIRIT THUS THE LIL CHILD THAT IS GONNA LEAD US IS THE H.G. THAT JESUS SAID WD LEAD US INTO ALL TRUTH WHICH IS THE KINGDOM WITHIN US THUS LET US REJOICE GREATLY
  • Alex
    ZECHS donkey and Colt answers to the WOMAN and her CHILD OF REV 12. JUST AS THE KINGDOM CAME WITH CHRIST on THE DONKEY AND HER COLT, John saw the Kingdom coming with the WOMAN and HER CHILD which is metaphor for the new birth, our colt (FRUIT ) is the H.G. Which is the kingdom of GOD IN US VIA THAT GOOD SEED, THUS WE SHOULD REJOICE GREATLY OUR KING IS COMING VIA A SEED / ETC HIS WORDS SOWN IN us
  • Pauline for verse 12
    God 's word is that he is our only source, the bedrock and trusted source we can fully rely on, and his promise is restore double blessings for every hurdle I am facing st this time - yes he is my true source where I can tabernacle and find safety. Rejoice with me.
  • Insight 777
    Verse 17, CORN is the acronym for Change Order Notification. Here it represents an order to cease fire which makes the young soldiers happy.
  • Michellie for verse 12
    I think it means that whatever unfair situations your experiencing, God see's everything and will restore double onto you. More than you can imagine. Mind blowing!
  • Judah cannot prosper without Ephraim, in application I would say as both Christians and none Christians we need each other to succeed, since a bow without an arrow is useless and an arrow without a bow is also useless .
  • I think it means that we are sinners and God hates sin. But there is hope, Jesus. If we truly repent of our sins and let Jesus truly in our hearts then and only can we be savedand receive His grace and forgiveness.and go to heaven

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Bible Trivia

Which one of these events in Jesus Christ's life was among Zechariah's prophecies?
  • Baptized In Jordan
  • Fasting In Wilderness
  • Crucified On Cross
  • Born To Virgin
  • Donkey-Ride Into Jerusalem