Ver. 1. Time. Soon after the former. C.
--- He was comforted in prison by two visions, shewing that the Church should not perish for the sins of many. W.
Ver. 2. Thus. Heb. uses the fem. for the neuter. Sept. "forming the earth," &c.
Ver. 3. Cry. The prophetic spirit was sometimes granted to earnest prayer. Dan. ix. 2. and x. 3.
Ver. 4. To. "Concerning the houses...and the sword of them," who would not obey God, thus bringing on their own destruction.
Ver. 6. Their. The houses, wounds, or breaches. Heb. and Sept. C.
--- Peace. That is, the peace and welfare which they pray for. Ch.
--- I will teach them how to pray for a durable peace.
Ver. 8. Iniquity, by means of the captivity, which shall be a sort of baptism. C. xxxi. 29. C.
Ver. 9. And it. Jerusalem, as figure of the Church. M.
--- Fear, worship, and desist from persecuting God in his saints, (H.) whom he so highly favours.
Ver. 11. Vows. Promised victims of thanksgiving. C.
--- First, when they were settled in it under Josue. H.
Ver. 13. Mountains. C. xxxii. 44.
--- Numbereth them, they come into the fold. C.
--- Chal. "my people shall be instructed, and formed by the hand of the Messias." Grabe supplies what follows to the end of the chap. H.
Ver. 15. Bud, or orient, Christ, (C.) of whom Zorobabel was a figure. Theodoret. All cannot be verified of the latter. v. 16. C.
--- The Jews themselves explain this of the Messias. Calov.
--- It evidently refer to him, as he was born of David, whose posterity should continue till Christ, the founder of an eternal kingdom. W.
Ver. 16. Him. Sept. Chal. &c. The Heb. has "her" Jerusalem, or the Church, which receives all its beauty from Christ. C.
--- See C. xxiii. 5. where all read him. H.
Ver. 17. David. This was verified in Christ, who is of the house of David; and whose kingdom in his Church shall have no end. Ch.
--- The tribe of Juda continued most eminent till his coming. But there was no king till Hyrcan, and he was of another tribe. The priests governed after Nehemias, till Herod was appointed by the Romans. This must therefore be explained of Christ's eternal kingdom. Gen. xlix. C.
Ver. 18. Priests. This promise relates to the Christian priesthood; which shall also continue for ever: the functions of which (more especially the great sacrifice of the altar) are here expressed, by the name of holocausts, and other offerings of the law, which were so many figures of the Christian sacrifice. Ch.
--- The Levitical sacrifices have ceased for 17 centuries. But Christ will officiate by his ministers till the end of time. C.
--- S. Hypolitus and all the fathers agree that the blessed Eucharist is the complement of all the ancient sacrifices. W.
Ver. 21. Ministers. The promise in not conditional, but as unchangeable as the course of the seasons. C.
Ver. 24. Families of kings and priests, (Ch.) or the two kingdoms of Israel and Juda. The people complained that God had broken his word, (C.) so heretics assert that he has abandoned his Church for above 800 years. Providence watched in a particular manner over the families of Aaron and David, which enjoyed peculiar privileges, (H.) or blessings. W.