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Why was it a public disgrace for Elizabeth to be barren? (Luke 1:25)

Two reasons barrenness was undesirable In antiquity there were typically two reasons that barrenness was undesirable. The first, which isn't really an issue in this text had to do with the security of ...
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Thirty Pieces of Silver

I would not presume to comment on much of Zechariah's profound prophecy, couched as it is in language that is mysterious and, I suspect, that has given translators problems in expressing it in English....
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Who is coming Christ or Yahweh in Zechariah 14:5?

The short answer to "who is coming Christ or Yahweh?" is "yes, he is". Christ and Yahweh were actually the same being. See my answer to contradiction - How can John 1:18 say that &...
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How can we understand differences between the NWT and Latin/Hebrew/Greek on Zechariah 12:10?

Zecharaiah 12:10 is discussed in depth in the Fourth Gospel and the Scriptures: Illuminating the Form and Meaning of Scriptural Citation in John 19:37 by Wm. Randolph Bynum, Published by Brill in ...
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Why do some Bibles say 'Canaanites' in Zechariah 14:21, while other say 'traders' or 'merchants'?

The LXX has Χαναναία in Zechariah 14:21, with other forms of the same word found many times elsewhere in the Old Testament, and also once in the New, Matthew 15:22, where the KJV has the same word as ...
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The Potter's field reference in Matthew 27:9-10

Quoting from John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible, "What seems best to solve this difficulty, is, that the order of the books of the Old Testament is not the same now, as it was formerly: the ...
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Two donkeys upon which the messenger of the covenant rides

Summary Here are the key points: Matthew's narrative with two donkeys is an eyewitness account consistent with Genesis 49:11 and Zechariah 9:9. It describes a aspect of Jacob's prophecy which was ...
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What is the difference between **power ( כֹּחַ )** and **might ( חַיִל )** in Zechariah 4:6?

From your own links to Brown-Driver-Briggs and looking down the lists of occurrences in scripture, there does seem to be a comparative difference in the two words. Power (koach) appears to be vigour ...
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Jeremiah Prophecy

This question is another of the "old chestnuts" that has been observed by many commentators for many years, even as far back as Augustine. The solutions to this problem fall into several ...
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Who/what are the "two olive trees" and the lampstand of Zechariah 4?

The two anointed ones of Zech c. 4 were the two who were chosen by God to lead the people out of the Babylonian captivity: Joshua, the High Priest and Zerubbabel the leader of the people. Zech. 4:6-10,...
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The significance of the designations of families who will mourn in Zechariah 12

It is important to look at this passage as a whole and to consider what is going on in it. Zechariah 12:10-14 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of ...
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Are the myrtle trees literal or symbolic in Zechariah 1:8,10-11?

In the Talmud I find a probable interpretation. That is, it represents upright ones, or what would be synonymous with what we would also call "saints" : R. Simeon b. Nahmani, when he came to ...
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In Zechariah 12:10 what is the effect of אֵת (in conjunction with "to me")?

"Me" is present in almost every translation. This is not surprising since there is a word before אֵת : וְהִבִּיטוּ אֵלַי אֵת אֲשֶׁר־דָּקָרוּ אֵלַי is the preposition to/for/on with a first person ...
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In Lamentations 2:8 what does it mean that the LORD has "stretched out a line"?

It's a way of saying a measuring line, or measuring tape. A measuring line was used in both building construction and demolition, so it could be either positive or negative. Matthew Poole's ...
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Who is the main speaker in Zechariah 2:8-9,11?

Who is Who in Zechariah 2:8-9? My translation of Zechariah 2 reads: Zechariah 2:8-9: For thus says the LORD of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who ...
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Zechariah’s vision: one or two donkeys?

Zechariah’s vision: one or two donkeys? Answer: There were two donkeys, and for good reason. First, we might recognize that all four Gospels refer to this event, that of Christ's Triumphal Entry into ...
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What is the equipment of a foolish shepherd?

The word translated equipment is even more general than equipment. Senses of the word from Logos Bible Software: This leaves the question open ended. Is the normal equipment for a shepherd who ...
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Luke 6:44 is a straightforward illustration, or is it?

I will refrain from commenting about Chesterton's poem and concentrate on Jesus' words as recorded in Luke 6:43-45 - 43 No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For each ...
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Who is the wounded farmer in Zechariah 13:6?

The farmer is one who has disowned his former profession of speaking falsely in the name of the Lord (as the previous verses 4-5 make clear). Such an individual now knows his rightful work and applies ...
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What is special about the Feast of Tabernacles in Zechariah 14?

A NEW TESTAMENT PERSPECTIVE: The apostle Peter observes that the Old Testament prophets spoke concerning the salvation and grace that are ours in Christ and the glory that is to follow (1 Peter 10-11)...
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Who is the good and beautiful person in Zechariah 9:17?

tl;dr The Hebrew is also ambiguous. In the Hebrew: ‏ (16) וְֽהוֹשִׁיעָ֞ם יְהוָ֧ה אֱלֹהֵיהֶ֛ם בַּיּ֥וֹם הַה֖וּא כְּצֹ֣אן עַמּ֑וֹ כִּ֚י אַבְנֵי־נֵ֔זֶר מִֽתְנוֹסְס֖וֹת עַל־אַדְמָתֽוֹ׃ (17) כִּ֥י ...
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How many animals is the King of Zion to ride according to Zechariah?

The Semantics One approach to understanding the animal(s) in Zechariah 9:9 is to look at the semantic range of the terms for the animals. In his paper, Donkey Domain: Zechariah 9:9 and Lexical ...
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Looking Me Whom They Have Pierced - Zechariah 12:10

The Idea in Brief The passage of Zech 12:10 is messianic in both the Christian and Jewish understanding of this verse. That is, the New Testament perspective correlates Zech 12:10 with Jesus of ...
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Who is the Branch of Zechariah 6:12?

Background A priest, Joshua, and a kingly figure, Governor Zerubbabel build a temple. They foreshadow the building of a temple to come, a temple not made by human hands. This future temple is a ...
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Who/what are the "two olive trees" and the lampstand of Zechariah 4?

Since the seven candles on the candlestick are the eyes of the Lord (verse 10), the candlestick could hardly be other than the Lord. We again see in verse 14 that the lampstand is the Lord of the ...
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