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A.M. 3494. B.C. 510.

In the three preceding chapters Zechariah speaks of the advantages and prosperities of Judah and Jerusalem, after the return from Babylon, both before and after the times of the Maccabees. But this chapter contains a prophecy of a very different nature. Here he predicts the ruin of the temple, the reprobation of the Jews, and their subjection to the Romans , vv1-3. But previous to these calamities taking place, this flock of God is delivered into the hands of the Messiah, typified by the prophet, who is charged with the custody of it, Zechariah 11:4-6 . This he undertakes, and bears rule for some time; but at length, finding them perverse, he gives up the care of them, and as a token of it, breaks his shepherd’s staves, resenting the contempt put upon him, and the indignities done him, Zechariah 11:7-14 . After this the prophet is held forth as the type of a worthless shepherd, or a succession of evil governors, who, heedless of the flock, or seeking only to oppress it, at once ruin the flock and bring destruction on themselves, Zechariah 11:15-17 .

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