Zechariah 9


(See Scofield "Isaiah 13:1") , note 1.

because of him

There seems to be a reference here to the advance and return of Alexander (Zechariah 9:13) after the battle of Issus, who subdued the cities mentioned in Zechariah 9:1-6, and afterward returned to Greece without harming Jerusalem. But the greater meaning converges on the yet future last days (See Scofield "Acts 2:17") as the last clause of verse Zechariah 9:8 shows, for many oppressors have passed through Jerusalem since the days of Alexander.

behold, thy King

The events following this manifestation of Christ as King are recorded in the Gospels. The real faith of the multitude who cried, "Hosanna" is given in Matthew 21:11 and so little was Jesus deceived by His apparent reception as King, that He wept over Jerusalem and announced its impending destruction (fulfilled A.D. 70; Luke 19:38-44. The same multitude soon cried, "Crucify Him."

And I will cut off

Having introduced the King in Zechariah 9:9,; Zechariah 9:10 and the verses which follow look forward to the end-time and kingdom. Except in verse 9, this present age is not seen in Zechariah.


prisoners Cf. Isaiah 24:17-23; Zechariah 9:21,23 fix the time as the day of the LORD. Revelation 19:11-21.


strong hold See context, Zechariah 9:14. Also, Jeremiah 16:19.

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