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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Zechariah 6:9-15

God did not only at sundry times, but in divers manners, speak in time past by the prophets to his church. In the former part of this chapter he spoke by a vision, which only the prophet himself saw; here, in this latter part, he speaks by a sign, or type, which many saw, and which, as it was explained, was an illustrious prediction of the Messiah as the priest and king of his church. Here is, I. The significant ceremony which God appointed, and that was the coronation of Joshua the high... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Zechariah 6:12

And speak unto him, saying ,.... That is, to Joshua the high priest, having the crowns on his head: thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, behold the man whose name is The BRANCH ; which is not to be understood of Zerubbabel, as some Jewish writers interpret it; for he was not "the Branch", by way of eminency, much less that righteous Branch of David, called the Lord our righteousness, Jeremiah 23:5 the same that is here meant; besides, he was already grown up out of his place; nor... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Zechariah 6:12

Behold the man whose name is The Branch! - I cannot think that Zerubbabel is here intended; indeed, he is not so much as mentioned in Zechariah 3:8 . Joshua and his companions are called מופת אנשי anshey mopheth , figurative or typical men; the crowning therefore of Joshua in this place, and calling him the Branch, was most probably in reference to that glorious person, the Messiah, of whom he was the type or figure. The Chaldee has, "whose name is my Messiah," or Christ. And he... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Zechariah 6:12

Verse 12 The vision is now explained; for if the chief priest, without this explanation, had been adorned with two crowns, there must have been much talk among the people, “What means this?” God here shows that what he has commanded to be done to Joshua does not belong to him, but has a reference to another, Thou shalt say to him, Behold the Man, Branch is his name. It is the same as though the Prophet had expressly testified that Joshua was not crowned, because he was worthy of such an honor,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Zechariah 6:9-15

§ 11. A symbolical action—the crowning of the high priest. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Zechariah 6:9-15

The ministry of Messiah. "And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying," etc. The series of striking visions which we have now been considering had a kind of "prologue" in Zechariah 1:1-6 . We seem to have the corresponding "epilogue" here. It turns on the fact of the arrival (probably about the same season, no special note of time being given as in Zechariah 7:1 ) of certain visitors at Jerusalem, with offerings for the temple, from a "far" country, viz. "Babylon" (see Zechariah... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Zechariah 6:9-15

Messiah the Prince. "Behold." I. THE COMING MAN OF THE AGES . "Branch." Lowliness, and yet dignity. The heathens fabled that the Titans were sons of heaven and earth. Here is what they vainly imagined. "Grew up." Natural development. Perfection of humanity. Long the cry was, "He cometh." We see his shadow in every sacrifice. Find his presence in every prophecy. Hear his footfall in every promise. He was the Hope of Israel, and the Desire of all nations. II. CHARGED ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Zechariah 6:9-15

The matchless Man in history. "And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Take of them of the Captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day." The crowning, the work, and the position of Joshua spoken of in these verses are obviously employed to symbolize some coming Man who would be matchless in all history. Concerning this matchless Man, we are here taught— I. THAT HE IS ONE WHOM HEAVEN COMMANDS THE ... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Zechariah 6:12

Speak unto him, saying. The prophet is to explain to Joshua the meaning of this public act. Behold the Man whose name is The BRANCH ; literally, behold the man, BRANCH is his name (see note on Zechariah 3:8 ). The Targum has, "Behold the Man, Messiah is his name." It is plain that the term "Branch" or "Shoot" ( LXX ; ἀνατολή : Vulgate, Oriens ) could not be addressed to Joshua; indeed, the very form of the sentence, "his name," not "thy name," shows this. All who saw the... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Zechariah 6:12

The prophet is taught to explain his own symbolic act. “Behold the Man whose name is the Branch” . “Not for himself, but for Christ, whose name Joshua bare, and whose Priesthood and Princedom he represented,” was the crown given him. The prophet had already foretold the Messiah, under the name of the Branch. Here he adds,And he shall grow up out of His place - Lowly and of no seeming account, as God foretold by Jeremiah, “I will cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David” Jeremiah... read more

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