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Zechariah 1:20

20 Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen.

Read Zechariah 1:20 Using Other Translations

And the LORD shewed me four carpenters.
Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen.
Then the LORD showed me four blacksmiths.

What does Zechariah 1:20 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Zechariah 1:20

And the Lord showed me four carpenters.
] To saw and cut in pieces the four horns; or rather "four blacksmiths" F25; these horns were horns of iron; so the word is rendered a "smith" in ( 1 Samuel 13:19 ) and indeed it signifies both a worker in wood and a worker in iron; and who are sometimes distinguished by what they work in, whether wood or iron; see ( Isaiah 44:12 Isaiah 44:13 ) . The Jews say F26 these four carpenters are Messiah ben David, Messiah ben Ephraim, Elijah, and the priest of righteousness; or, as elsewhere F1, Elijah, the King Messiah, Melchizedek, and he that was anointed for war; though Kimchi much better interprets them of the kings, the princes above, who preside over kingdoms, that is, the angels; and so Jerom and Theodoret; who have been sometimes employed in the destruction of the enemies of God's people, or in preventing them doing the mischief they otherwise would; and even the several monarchies themselves have been the means of destroying each other; so the Babylonians were destroyed by the Medes and Persians; the Persians by the Grecians; the Grecians by the Romans; and the Romans by the Goths, Hunns, Vandals in the western part of the empire; and by the Saracens and Turks in the eastern part of it: and they may be applied to the apostles of Christ, who were chiefly mechanics, mean and illiterate persons, yet workmen in the Gospel, that need not to be ashamed; and who were sent by Christ into the four parts of the world, to spread his Gospel, set up his interest, and pull down the kingdom of Satan: and since the Jews make the Messiah himself one of these carpenters, they have no reason to upbraid or be offended at Jesus our Messiah being a carpenter, and a carpenter's son, as in ( Matthew 13:55 ) ( Mark 6:3 ) and Kimchi owns that their ancient Rabbins explain this verse of the days of the Messiah.


FOOTNOTES:

F25 (Myvrx) "fabros ferrarios", Pembellus, Sanctius, Burkius.
F26 T. Bab. Succa, fol. 52. 2.
F1 Shirhashirim Rabba, fol. 11. 4. Vid. Bemidbar Rabba, sect. 14. fol. 111. 4.
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