(e.g. john 8 32)

Zechariah 10:2  (King James Version)

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Zechariah 10:2

idols—literally, "the teraphim," the household gods, consulted in divination (see on Hosea 3:4). Derived by GESENIUS from an Arabic root, "comfort," indicating them as the givers of comfort. Or an Ethiopian root, "relics." Herein Zechariah shows that the Jews by their own idolatry had stayed the grace of God heretofore, which otherwise would have given them all those blessings, temporal and spiritual, which they are now (Zechariah 10:1) urged to "ask" for.

diviners—who gave responses to consulters of the teraphim: opposed to Jehovah and His true prophets.

seen a lie—pretending to see what they saw not in giving responses.

comfort in vain—literally, "give vapor for comfort"; that is, give comforting promises to consulters which are sure to come to naught (Job 13:4; Job 16:2; Job 21:34).

therefore they went their way—that is, Israel and Judah were led away captive.

as a flock . . . no shepherd—As sheep wander and are a prey to every injury when without a shepherd, so the Jews had been while they were without Jehovah, the true shepherd; for the false prophets whom they trusted were no shepherds (Ezekiel 34:5). So now they are scattered, while they know not Messiah their shepherd; typified in the state of the disciples, when they had forsaken Jesus and fled (Matthew 26:56; compare Zechariah 13:7).

Other Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown entries containing Zechariah 10:2:

Isaiah 53:6
Jeremiah 14:22
Jeremiah 23:17
Jeremiah 29:8
Ezekiel 21:21
Hosea 3:4
Zechariah 10:1


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