Z E C H A R I A H.
At this chapter begins another sermon, which is
continued to the end of ch.
xi. It is called, "The burden of the word of the Lord,"
for every word of God has weight in it to those who regard it, and
will be a heavy weight upon those who do not, a dead weight. Here
is, I. A prophecy against the Jews' unrighteous neighbours—the
Syrians, Tyrians, Philistines, and others (ver. 1-6), with an intimation of mercy to
some of them, in their conversion (ver.
7), and a promise of mercy to God's people, in their
protection, ver. 8. II. A
prophecy of their righteous King, the Messiah, and his coming, with
a description of him (ver.
9) and of his kingdom, the nature and extent of it,
ver. 10. III. An account of
the obligation the Jews lay under to Christ for their deliverance
out of their captivity in Babylon, ver. 11, 12. IV. A prophecy of the
victories and successes God would grant to the Jews over their
enemies, as typical of our great deliverance by Christ, ver. 13-15. V. A promise of great
plenty, and joy, and honour, which God had in reserve for his
people (ver. 16, 17),
which was written for their encouragement.