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6:1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.
6:2 In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses; 6:3 And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
6:4 Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? 6:5 And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the LORD of all the earth.
6:6 The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.
6:7 And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.
6:8 Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.
6:9 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 6:10 Take of them of the captivity, even of Heldai, of Tobijah, and of Jedaiah, which are come from Babylon, and come thou the same day, and go into the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah; 6:11 Then take silver and gold, and make crowns, and set them upon the head of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest; 6:12 And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he shall grow up out of his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD: 6:13 Even he shall build the temple of the LORD; and he shall bear the glory, and shall sit and rule upon his throne; and he shall be a priest upon his throne: and the counsel of peace shall be between them both.
6:14 And the crowns shall be to Helem, and to Tobijah, and to Jedaiah, and to Hen the son of Zephaniah, for a memorial in the temple of the LORD.
6:15 And they that are far off shall come and build in the temple of the LORD, and ye shall know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you. And this shall come to pass, if ye will diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God.

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Everything King James Bible:Zechariah
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Zechariah
Chapter: 6

The Vision of the chariots. (1-8) Joshua, the high Priest,
crowned as a Type of Christ. (9-15)

1-8 This Vision may represent the ways of Providence in the
government of this lower world. Whatever the providences of God
about us are, as to public or private affairs, we should see
them all as coming from between the mountains of Brass, the
immoveable counsels and decrees of God; and therefore reckon it
as much our folly to quarrel with them, as it is our duty to
submit to them. His providences move swiftly and strongly as
chariots, but all are directed and governed By his infinite
Wisdom and sovereign will. The red horses signify War and
bloodshed. The Black, signify the dismal consequences of War,
famines, pestilences, and desolations. The White, signify the
return of comfort, peace, and prosperity. The mixed Colour,
signify events of different complexions, a Day of prosperity and
a Day of adversity. The angels go forth as messengers of God's
counsels, and ministers of his Justice and Mercy. And the secret
motions and impulses upon the spirits of men, By which the
designs of Providence are carried On, are these four spirits of
the heavens, which go forth from God, and fulfil what the God of
the spirits of all Flesh appoints. All the events which take
place in the world Spring from the unchangeable counsels of the
Lord, which are formed in unerring Wisdom, perfect Justice,
Truth, and Goodness; and from history it is found that events
happened about the period when this Vision was sent to the
Prophet, which seem referred to therein.

9-15 Some Jews from Babylon brought an Offering to the House of
God. Those who cannot forward a good work By their persons,
must, as they are able, forward it By their purses: if some find
hands, let others fill them. Crowns are to be made, and Put upon
the head of Joshua. The sign was used, to make the promise more
noticed, that God will, in the Fulness of time, raise up a great
High Priest, like Joshua, who is but the figure of one that is
to come. Christ is not only the Foundation, but the Founder of
this Temple, By his Spirit and Grace. Glory is a Burden, but not
too heavy for Him to Bear who upholds all things. The Cross was
His Glory, and he bore that; So is the Crown an exceeding weight
of Glory, and he bears that. The counsel of peace should be
between the Priest and the Throne, between the priestly and
kingly offices of Jesus Christ. The peace and welfare of the
Gospel Church, and of all believers, shall be wrought, though
not By two several persons, yet By two several offices meeting
in one; Christ, purchasing all peace By his priesthood,
maintaining and defending it By his kingdom. The crowns used in
this solemnity must be kept in the Temple, as evidence of this
promise of the Messiah. Let us not think of separating what God
has joined in his counsel of peace. We cannot come to God By
Christ as our Priest, if we refuse to have him rule over us as
our King. We have No real ground to think our peace is made with
God, unless we try to keep his Commandments.

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