Zechariah 2 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Zechariah 2)

Verse 1

[1] I lifted up mine eyes again, and looked, and behold a man with a measuring line in his hand.

With a line — Ready and prepared to lay out the platform of Jerusalem.

Verse 2

[2] Then said I, Whither goest thou? And he said unto me, To measure Jerusalem, to see what is the breadth thereof, and what is the length thereof.

To measure — To take the exact dimensions of it, that it may answer God's promise, and be capable to receive its inhabitants.

Jerusalem — The city which was to be built hereafter.

Verse 3

[3] And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another angel went out to meet him,

The angel — Christ, who had so long talked with Zechariah.

Went forth — From the midst of the myrtle-trees.

Verse 4

[4] And said unto him, Run, speak to this young man, saying, Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein:

And he said — Christ to that angel who came to meet him.

Run — Hasten and tell Zechariah.

As towns — The suburbs of it shall be as towns unwalled, for extent and for safety.

Verse 5

[5] For I, saith the LORD, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

The glory — My presence and favour shall make her glorious.

Verse 6

[6] Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD.

Ho, ho — Ye sleepy Jews.

Come forth — Come out from your prisons.

Flee — Make all the haste you can.

From the land — Babylon, which lay north of Canaan.

For I have spread you abroad — As I executed my threats in scattering you, so I will perform my promise, and gather you.

Verse 7

[7] Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.

Deliver thyself — Accept of thy deliverance.

Verse 8

[8] For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye.

After the glory — After that he is become your glory, I am to avenge you of your enemies.

Verse 9

[9] For, behold, I will shake mine hand upon them, and they shall be a spoil to their servants: and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me.

Upon them — Against the nation that doth violence to my people.

Unto their servants — Unto the Jews, who were first spoiled by, and then made servants to them.

Hath sent me — To inform them of my father's will.

Verse 10

[10] Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the LORD.

I come — To execute judgments on thine adversaries, and to compleat thy deliverance and salvation.

I will dwell — This was fulfilled in part to the Jews, but more fully to the gospel church.

Verse 11

[11] And many nations shall be joined to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people: and I will dwell in the midst of thee, and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto thee.

Shall be joined — Shall worship the God of Israel.

In that day — When Christ shall come in the flesh, and take down the partition wall.

Sent me — The Messiah.

Verse 12

[12] And the LORD shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.

Shall inherit — Claim, recover, possess, and delight in, as a man doth in his paternal inheritance.

Verse 13

[13] Be silent, O all flesh, before the LORD: for he is raised up out of his holy habitation.

Be silent — Reverence and adore God, and expect the accomplishment of his word.

All flesh — Both Jew and Gentile.

He is raised up — God is on this work already, and he will not sit down again, 'till he has accomplished his whole work.