Zechariah 6 – “Four Chariots; Tzemah the Temple Builder”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
Zechariah sees four chariots and God tells him that a man named Zemah will build the temple.

II. Photo
Zechariah has a vision: “Four chariots were coming out from between the two mountains… the horses of the second chariot were black.” (vv. 1-2)

III. Select Verses
1-5: I looked up again, and I saw: Four chariots were coming out from between the two mountains; the mountains were of copper. The horses of the first chariot were bay, the horses of the second chariot were black;  the horses of the third chariot were white, and the horses of the fourth chariot were spotted — dappled. And I spoke up and asked the angel who talked with me: “What are those, my lord?” In reply, the angel said to me, “Those are the four winds of heaven coming out after presenting themselves to the Lord of all the earth.
11-13: Take silver and gold and make crowns. Place [one] on the head of High Priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, and say to him, “Thus said the LORD of Hosts: Behold, a man called the Branch shall branch out from the place where he is, and he shall build the Temple of the LORD. He shall build the Temple of the LORD and shall assume majesty, and he shall sit on his throne and rule. And there shall also be a priest seated on his throne, and harmonious understanding shall prevail between them.”
15: Men from far away shall come and take part in the building of the Temple of the LORD, and you shall know that I have been sent to you by the LORD of Hosts — if only you will obey the LORD your God!

IV. Outline

1-8. Vision of four chariots and the interpretation
    1-3. The vision
    4-8. The interpretation
9-15. God speaks to Zechariah
    9. Introduction
    10-11. Crowning Joshua the high priest
    12-13. Tzemah, the builder of the temple
    14. The two crowns
    15. The builders of the temple

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
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