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  • PARALLEL BIBLE - Zechariah 3:8


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    King James Bible - Zechariah 3:8

    Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

    World English Bible

    Hear now, Joshua the
    high priest, you and your fellows who sit before you; for they are men who are a sign: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant, the Branch.

    Douay-Rheims - Zechariah 3:8

    Hear, O Jesus thou
    high priest, then and thy friends that dwell before thee, for they are portending men: for behold I WILL BRING MY SERVANT THE ORIENT.

    Webster's Bible Translation

    Hear now, O Joshua the
    high priest, thou and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH.

    Original Hebrew

    שׁמע
    8085 נא 4994 יהושׁע 3091 הכהן 3548 הגדול 1419 אתה 859 ורעיך 7453 הישׁבים 3427 לפניך 6440 כי 3588 אנשׁי 376 מופת 4159 המה 1992 כי 3588 הנני 2005 מביא 935 את 853 עבדי 5650 צמח׃ 6780

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    VERSE (8) -
    Ps 71:7 Isa 8:18; 20:3 1Co 4:9-13

    SEV Biblia, Chapter 3:8

    ¶ Escucha pues, ahora, Josué sumo sacerdote, tú, y tus amigos que se sientan delante de ti; porque son varones de prodigio. He aquí, yo traigo a mi siervo, el Renuevo.

    Clarke's Bible Commentary - Zechariah 3:8

    Verse 8. O Joshua-thou, and thy fellows] Thy
    countrymen, who have now returned from your captivity, in a very wonderful manner. tpwm yŤna anshey mopheth, figurative men, men whose office and ministration prefigured the Lord Jesus Christ; and therefore it is immediately added, "I will bring forth my servant The BRANCH." Abp. Newcome thinks this means ZerubbHebel, so called because he was the grandson of Jehoiakim, or Jeconiah, king of Judah, Matt. i. 12, and heir to the throne of Judah.

    The Chaldee has, "My servant the Messiah." See the note on Isa. iv. 2. I think the word cannot apply to ZerubbHebel, except as a type of Christ; in that sense it may be understood of him. See chap. vi. 11, 12.


    John Gill's Bible Commentary

    Ver. 8. Hear now, O Joshua the high priest , etc.] What he was about to say further concerning the bringing forth of the Messiah, the antitype of him, and of all the priests: thou and thy fellows, that sit before thee ; the Jews interpret these of Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, for whom wonders were wrought in delivering them from the fiery furnace; but rather they design the priests and the prophets, and chief men, that came up with Joshua out of the captivity; and especially the young priests that sat before him as his disciples, to be instructed by him in things belonging to the priestly office: for they [are] men wondered at ; or, “men of a sign” f70 , or “wonder”; typical of Christ, the great High Priest; they were “men wondered at”, as all the people of God are: they are wondered at by themselves, that God should have any love to them, any thoughts concerning them; make a covenant with them in his Son; send him to die for them; call them by his grace; make them sons and heirs of his, and at last bring them to glory: and they are wondered at by the men of the world; that they should make such a choice as they have; that they should bear afflictions with so much cheerfulness and patience; that they should be so supported under them, and even thrive and flourish amidst them. The life of a believer is all a mystery, and wonderful: and they are wondered at by the angels, as they are the chosen of God, the redeemed of the Lamb, and called from among men; and they shall be the spectators of wonderful things themselves, which they will be swallowed up in the admiration of to all eternity. The Targum paraphrases the words thus, “for they are men worthy to have miracles wrought for them;” and indeed, though they are not worthy, yet miracles of grace are wrought for them, and one follows: for, behold, I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH ; not Zerubbabel, as some interpret it; but the Messiah, as the Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it; and which is the sense of some other Jewish writers. Kimchi, though he interprets the Branch of Zerubbabel, yet observes there are some of their interpreters who explain it of the Messiah; and it is as if it was said, though I bring you this salvation, yet I will bring you a greater salvation than this, at the time I shall bring forth my servant the Branch: and again they interpret it of him, because the name of the Messiah is Menachem, i.e. the Comforter; and which is numerically the same with “Tzemach”, the Branch; and Aben Ezra, who first explains it the same way as Kimchi, yet adds, but many interpreters say this Branch is the Messiah: and he is called Zerubbabel, because he is of his seed, even as he is called David; and David my servant shall be their Prince for ever, ( Ezekiel 37:25) likewise another Jewish writer, R. Abraham Seba f71 , understands it of the Messiah.

    The heathens used to call their heroes the branches of the gods; the branch of Jupiter, and the branch of Mars, etc. are frequently met with in the poets f72 , and perhaps taken from this name of the Messiah; who is the servant of God as Mediator, and became so by being made of a woman, and made under the law; and is a servant of God’s choosing, sending, and rewarding; the chief of whose service lay in the redemption of his people; and who was an obedient, diligent, prudent, and faithful servant. The name of “the Branch” is given him elsewhere, ( Isaiah 4:2 Jeremiah 23:5) and designs his descent as man, and the meanness of it; and yet his fruitfulness in himself, and to his people: the “bringing” him “forth” intends his incarnation; and shows that he existed before, and was with God, and is brought forth by him as an instance of his grace and love to men; and because this was a matter of great moment, and very wonderful, and would certainly be done, and deserved attention, the word “behold” is prefixed to it. The Septuagint render this word by anatolh , “the rising sun”, or that part of the heavens where the sun rises, the east; and the Vulgate Latin version has “orientem”, “the east”: hence another Zechariah calls the Messiah “the Day spring from on high”, ( Luke 1:78) and one of his titles is “the Sun of righteousness”, ( Malachi 4:2). The eastern part of the heavens was attributed by the heathens to their gods, and reckoned their seat and abode f73 ; and from hence the Messiah came, that man from heaven; he was born in the eastern part of the world. Some render the words, in ( Micah 5:2), “his goings forth are out of the east” f74 ; and it was from the mount of Olives, which was to the east of Jerusalem, that he went up to heaven; and from the same point of the heavens will he come again, since his feet will stand on that mountain, ( Acts 1:11,12 Zechariah 14:4) he is the Angel said to ascend from the east, ( Revelation 7:2) and perhaps it is owing to this version of the word here, and elsewhere, when used of the Messiah, that he came to be known among the Gentiles by this name; to which it is thought Tacitus has respect, when he says, “many were persuaded that in the ancient books of the priests were contained a “prophecy”, that at that time “Oriens”, or the east, should prevail;” that is, such an one should exist, or rule in the world, whose name is “Oriens”, or the rising sun.


    Matthew Henry Commentary

    Verses 6-10 - All whom God calls to any office he finds fit, or makes so. The Lor will cause the sins of the believer to pass away by his sanctifyin grace, and will enable him to walk in newness of life. As the promise made to David often pass into promises of the Messiah, so the promise to Joshua look forward to Christ, of whose priesthood Joshua's was shadow. Whatever trials we pass through, whatever services we perform our whole dependence must rest on Christ, the Branch of righteousness He is God's servant, employed in his work, obedient to his will devoted to his honour and glory. He is the Branch from which all ou fruit must be gathered. The eye of his Father was upon him, especiall in his sufferings, and when he was buried in the grave, as the foundation-stones are under ground, out of men's sight. But the prophecy rather denotes the attention paid to this preciou Corner-stone. All believers, from the beginning, had looked forward to it in the types and predictions. All believers, after Christ's coming would look to it with faith, hope, and love. Christ shall appear for all his chosen, as the high priest when before the Lord, with the name of all Israel graven in the precious stones of his breastplate. When God gave a remnant to Christ, to be brought through grace to glory then he engraved this precious stone. By him sin shall be taken away both the guilt and the dominion of it; he did it in one day, that da in which he suffered and died. What should terrify when sin is take away? Then nothing can hurt, and we sit down under Christ's shadow with delight, and are sheltered by it. And gospel grace, coming with power makes men forward to draw others to it __________________________________________________________________


    Original Hebrew

    שׁמע 8085 נא 4994 יהושׁע 3091 הכהן 3548 הגדול 1419 אתה 859 ורעיך 7453 הישׁבים 3427 לפניך 6440 כי 3588 אנשׁי 376 מופת 4159 המה 1992 כי 3588 הנני 2005 מביא 935 את 853 עבדי 5650 צמח׃ 6780


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