Zechariah 1:2
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New International Version
"The LORD was very angry with your ancestors.

New Living Translation
"I, the LORD, was very angry with your ancestors.

English Standard Version
“The LORD was very angry with your fathers.

New American Standard Bible
"The LORD was very angry with your fathers.

King James Bible
The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The LORD was extremely angry with your ancestors.

International Standard Version
"The LORD was very angry with your ancestors.

NET Bible
The LORD was very angry with your ancestors.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The LORD was very angry with your ancestors.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The LORD has been sore displeased with your fathers.

King James 2000 Bible
The LORD has been greatly displeased with your fathers.

American King James Version
The LORD has been sore displeased with your fathers.

American Standard Version
Jehovah was sore displeased with your fathers.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The Lord hath been exceeding angry with your fathers.

Darby Bible Translation
Jehovah hath been very wroth with your fathers.

English Revised Version
The LORD hath been sore displeased with your fathers.

Webster's Bible Translation
The LORD hath been greatly displeased with your fathers.

World English Bible
"Yahweh was very displeased with your fathers.

Young's Literal Translation
'Jehovah was wroth against your fathers -- wrath!
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-6 God's almighty power and sovereign dominion, should engage and encourage sinners to repent and turn to Him. It is very desirable to have the Lord of hosts for our friend, and very dreadful to have him for our enemy. Review what is past, and observe the message God sent by his servants, the prophets, to your fathers. Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings. Be persuaded to leave your sins, as the only way to prevent approaching ruin. What is become of our fathers, and of the prophets that preached to them? They are all dead and gone. Here they were, in the towns and countries where we live, passing and repassing in the same streets, dwelling in the same houses, trading in the same shops and exchanges, worshipping God in the same places. But where are they? When they died, there was not an end of them; they are in eternity, in the world of spirits, the unchangeable world to which we hasten apace. Where are they? Those of them who lived and died in sin, are in torment. Those who lived and died in Christ, are in heaven; and if we live and die as they did, we shall be with them shortly and eternally. If they minded not their own souls, is that a reason why their posterity should ruin theirs also? The prophets are gone. Christ is a Prophet that lives for ever, but all other prophets have a period put to their office. Oh that this consideration had its due weight; that dying ministers are dealing with dying people about their never-dying souls, and an awful eternity, upon the brink of which both are standing! In another world, both we and our prophets shall live for ever: to prepare for that world ought to be our great care in this. The preachers died, and the hearers died, but the word of God died not; not one jot or title of it fell to the ground; for he is righteous.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 2-6. - § 2. The prophet admonishes the people not to follow their forefathers evil example, but to turn to the Lord with all their heart. Verse 2. - Hath been sore displeased; literally, displeased with displeasure, which the versions render, ὠργίσθη ὀργὴν μεγάλην: iratus iracundia (el. ver. 15). Not only events connected with their earlier history proved that God had been incensed with their forefathers, but the ruin of their kingdom, and the late Captivity, and the desolation around them, were evidence of the same sad truth.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The Lord hath been sore displeased with your fathers. Who lived before and at the time of the destruction of the city of Jerusalem, and which was manifest by their captivity; all which were occasioned by their sins, with which they provoked the Lord to sore displeasure against them; and this is mentioned as a caution to their children, that they might not follow their example, and incur the like displeasure.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. God fulfilled His threats against your fathers; beware, then, lest by disregarding His voice by me, as they did in the case of former prophets, ye suffer like them. The special object Zechariah aims at is that they should awake from their selfish negligence to obey God's command to rebuild His temple (Hag 1:4-8).

sore displeased—Hebrew, "displeased with a displeasure," that is, vehemently, with no common displeasure, exhibited in the destruction of the Jews' city and in their captivity.

Zechariah 1:2 Additional Commentaries
Zechariah's Call to Repentance
1In the eighth month of the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah the prophet, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo saying, 2"The LORD was very angry with your fathers. 3"Therefore say to them, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return to Me," declares the LORD of hosts, "that I may return to you," says the LORD of hosts.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 36:16
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed at his prophets until the wrath of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.

Jeremiah 44:6
Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out; it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruins they are today.

Ezekiel 8:18
Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them."

Zechariah 1:15
and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they went too far with the punishment.'
Treasury of Scripture

The LORD has been sore displeased with your fathers.


2 Kings 22:16,17,19 Thus said the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil on this place, and …

2 Kings 23:26 Notwithstanding the LORD turned not from the fierceness of his great …

2 Chronicles 36:13-20 And he also rebelled against king Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him …

Ezra 9:6,7,13 And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to …

Nehemiah 9:26,27 Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against you, and …

Psalm 60:1 O God, you have cast us off, you have scattered us, you have been …

Psalm 79:5,6 How long, LORD? will you be angry for ever? shall your jealousy burn …

Jeremiah 44:6 Why my fury and my anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the …

Lamentations 1:12-15 Is it nothing to you, all you that pass by? behold, and see if there …

Lamentations 2:3-5 He has cut off in his fierce anger all the horn of Israel: he has …

Lamentations 3:42-45 We have transgressed and have rebelled: you have not pardoned…

Lamentations 5:7 Our fathers have sinned, and are not; and we have borne their iniquities.

Ezekiel 22:31 Therefore have I poured out my indignation on them; I have consumed …

Daniel 9:11,12 Yes, all Israel have transgressed your law, even by departing, that …

Zephaniah 2:1-3 Gather yourselves together, yes, gather together, O nation not desired…

Matthew 23:30-32 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not …

Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they …

sore displeased. Heb. with displeasure.

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