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Commentary On Zechariah Malachi by Jean Calvin


1 Ask ye from Jehovah rain in the latter season; And Jehovah will make clouds; And rain -- a shower, will he give them, To every one grass in the field. (279)

2 Surely the images have spoken vanity, And the diviners have seen falsehood, And dreams of vanity have they spoken; In vain have they comforted: They have therefore wandered like sheep, They were distressed, for there was no shepherd.

3 Against the shepherds was my fury kindled, The he-goats will I punish; For visit will Jehovah of hosts His flock, the house of Judah, And make them as his splendid horse in was.

4 From him shall come forth the corner-stone, From him the nail, From him the bow of war, From him also every exactor. (286)

5 And they shall be as mighty men, Treading down their enemies In the mire of the streets in battle; And they shall fight, for Jehovah will be with them; And ashamed shall be the riders on horses.

6 I will also strengthen the house of Judah, And the house of Joseph will I save, And cause them to return and dwell; For I have pitied them, and they shall be As though I had not cast them away; For I Jehovah am their God, And I will hear them:

7 And they shall be as a mighty man, even Ephraim; And rejoice shall their heart as through wine; Their sons also shall see and rejoice, Exult shall their heart in Jehovah.

8 I will whistle for them and gather them: For I have redeemed them, And they shall increase as they had increased.

9 Sow them also will I among the people, And in distant lands will they remember me, And they shall live with their sons and return;

10 Yea, I will restore them from the land of Egypt, And from Assyria will I gather them, And to the land of Gilead and Lebanon will I bring them, And no place shall be found for them. (196)

11 And spread shall distress over the sea, For he will smite in the sea the waves, And dry up shall the depths of the river; Yea, cast down shall be the pride of Assyria, And the sceptre of Egypt shall depart.

12 I will also strengthen them in Jehovah; And in his name shall they walk, saith Jehovah.

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