Zechariah 9:9-10

9 1Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your 2king is coming to you; He is 3just and 4endowed with salvation, 5Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a 6colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will 7cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the 8horse from Jerusalem; And the 9bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak 10peace to the nations; And His 11dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.

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Zechariah 9:9-10 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ZECHARIAH 9

This chapter treats of the conversion of the Gentiles, before spoken of in general, now particularly named; of the coming of Christ into the world, and the advantages of it to his church; of the preaching of the Gospel by the apostles, and of their protection, encouragement, and success. The Gentiles converted are first the Syrians that dwelt in Hadrach, Damascus, and Hamath, the Lord's eye being upon them, Zec 9:1 next the Phoenicians, the inhabitants of Tyre and Zidon, who had a vain opinion of their wisdom, and trusted in their riches, Zec 9:2-4 and then the Philistines, the inhabitants of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and Ashdod, guilty of pride, murder, idolatry, and other abominations, Zec 9:5-7 when the church and people of God should be safely protected, Zec 9:8 to whom, for their joy and comfort, is given forth a prophecy concerning the coming of the Messiah; who is described by his character as a King, just, having salvation, lowly, and riding on an ass; by the peaceableness of his kingdom; by the various offices he executes; the prophetic office, speaking peace to the Heathen; the kingly office, his dominion being very large; and his priestly office, in the effusion of his blood, by which the covenant is confirmed, his people delivered out of distress, and encouraged to flee to him as their stronghold, where they find plenty and protection, Zec 9:9-12 next the apostles are represented as military men, accoutered with the bow and the sword of the mighty, Zec 9:13 whose success is owing to the Lord's appearance over them, and the efficacy of his grace and Spirit attending the word, Zec 9:14 who are protected and encouraged in it by the Lord, and honoured on account of it, Zec 9:15,16 and the chapter is concluded with an exclamation, wondering at the grace and glory of Christ, and expressing the satisfying provisions of his house, Zec 9:17.

Zechariah 9:9-10 In-Context

7 And I will remove their blood from their mouth And their detestable things from between their teeth. Then they also will be a remnant for our God, And be like a clan in Judah, And Ekron like a Jebusite.
8 But I will camp around My house because of an army, Because of him who passes by and returns; And no oppressor will pass over them anymore, For now I have seen with My eyes.
9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
10 I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim And the horse from Jerusalem; And the bow of war will be cut off. And He will speak peace to the nations; And His dominion will be from sea to sea, And from the River to the ends of the earth.
11 As for you also, because of the blood of My covenant with you, I have set your prisoners free from the waterless pit.
12 Return to the stronghold, O prisoners who have the hope; This very day I am declaring that I will restore double to you.

Cross References 11

  • 1. Zephaniah 3:14, 15; Zechariah 2:10
  • 2. Psalms 110:1; Isaiah 9:6, 7; Jeremiah 23:5, 6; Matthew 21:5; John 12:15
  • 3. Zephaniah 3:5
  • 4. Isaiah 43:3, 11
  • 5. Isaiah 57:15
  • 6. Judges 10:4; Isaiah 30:6
  • 7. Hosea 1:7
  • 8. Micah 5:10
  • 9. Hosea 2:18
  • 10. Isaiah 57:19; Micah 4:2-4
  • 11. Psalms 72:8; Isaiah 60:12

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. Or "vindicated and victorious"
  • [b]. Lit "son of a female donkey"
  • [c]. I.e. Euphrates
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