Thief and Liar

Zechariah 5:3-4 threatens a curse to those who steal and those who swear falsely. It’s a somewhat unusual combination. Perhaps the implied scenario is this: A thief steals, he is questioned . . . . Continue Reading »

Burning Myrtle

In his first vision, Zechariah sees the Angel of Yahweh among the myrtles. James Jordan suggests that the small but beautiful and aromatic myrtle is the new tree for the returned exiles. As the . . . . Continue Reading »

Open fountain

Zechariah 12 begins with a siege of Jerusalem (12:3), but the Lord promises that He will intervene to save Judah and Jerusalem (vv. 6-9). In Zechariah 12:10-13:1: the siege has been lifted, and . . . . Continue Reading »


“I will return and dwell ( shakan ) in the midst of Jerusalem,” Yahweh promises (Zechariah 8:3). Then: “I will being them back, and they will dwell ( shakan ) in the midst of . . . . Continue Reading »

Ten Words

Zechariah 7-8 form a unit, enclosed by references to fasting (7:4-7; 8:18-23) , within which Zechariah reviews the warnings of the early prophets about Israel’s social injustices (7:9-14; . . . . Continue Reading »

Nation of Kings

Psalm 72:4 describes a king who does justice, delivers the poor, crushes the oppressor. The imperatives of Zechariah 7:9-10 echo the Psalm, but in Zechariah the imperatives are plural. Israel has . . . . Continue Reading »

Build and sit

Moses built a tent, and then Yahweh sat on His throne, the glory above the cherubim. Solomon built a house, and then the glory of Yahweh settled on His throne in the debir . Zechariah predicts . . . . Continue Reading »