Zechariah 1:9
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New International Version
I asked, "What are these, my lord?" The angel who was talking with me answered, "I will show you what they are."

New Living Translation
I asked the angel who was talking with me, "My lord, what do these horses mean?" "I will show you," the angel replied.

English Standard Version
Then I said, ‘What are these, my lord?’ The angel who talked with me said to me, ‘I will show you what they are.’

New American Standard Bible
Then I said, "My lord, what are these?" And the angel who was speaking with me said to me, "I will show you what these are."

King James Bible
Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I asked, "What are these, my lord?" The angel who was talking to me replied, "I will show you what they are."

International Standard Version
Then I asked, "Who are these, sir?" The messenger who was talking to me answered, "I will tell you who these are."

NET Bible
Then I asked one nearby, "What are these, sir?" The angelic messenger who replied to me said, "I will show you what these are."

New Heart English Bible
Then I asked, 'My lord, what are these?'" The angel who talked with me said to me, "I will show you what these are."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"What do these horses mean, sir?" I asked. The angel who was speaking with me answered, "I will show you what they mean."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then said I: 'O my lord, what are these?' And the angel that spoke with me said unto me: 'I will show thee what these are.'

New American Standard 1977
Then I said, “My lord, what are these?” And the angel who was speaking with me said to me, “I will show you what these are.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will show thee who these are.

King James 2000 Bible
Then I said, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will show you what these are.

American King James Version
Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said to me, I will show you what these be.

American Standard Version
Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will show thee what these are.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: What are these, my Lord ? and the angel that spoke in me, said to me: I will shew thee what these are:

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, My lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these are.

English Revised Version
Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said to me, I will show thee what these are.

World English Bible
Then I asked, 'My lord, what are these?'" The angel who talked with me said to me, "I will show you what these are."

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'What are these, my lord?' And the messenger who is speaking with me saith unto me, 'I -- I do shew thee what these are.'
Study Bible
A Man among the Myrtle Trees
8I saw at night, and behold, a man was riding on a red horse, and he was standing among the myrtle trees which were in the ravine, with red, sorrel and white horses behind him. 9Then I said, "My lord, what are these?" And the angel who was speaking with me said to me, "I will show you what these are." 10And the man who was standing among the myrtle trees answered and said, "These are those whom the LORD has sent to patrol the earth."…
Cross References
Daniel 7:16
"I approached one of those who were standing by and began asking him the exact meaning of all this. So he told me and made known to me the interpretation of these things:

Daniel 9:22
He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, "O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding.

Zechariah 1:13
The LORD answered the angel who was speaking with me with gracious words, comforting words.

Zechariah 1:19
So I said to the angel who was speaking with me, "What are these?" And he answered me, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel and Jerusalem."

Zechariah 2:3
And behold, the angel who was speaking with me was going out, and another angel was coming out to meet him,

Zechariah 4:1
Then the angel who was speaking with me returned and roused me, as a man who is awakened from his sleep.

Zechariah 4:4
Then I said to the angel who was speaking with me saying, "What are these, my lord?"

Zechariah 4:5
So the angel who was speaking with me answered and said to me, "Do you not know what these are?" And I said, "No, my lord."

Zechariah 5:5
Then the angel who was speaking with me went out and said to me, "Lift up now your eyes and see what this is going forth."

Zechariah 6:4
Then I spoke and said to the angel who was speaking with me, "What are these, my lord?"
Treasury of Scripture

Then said I, O my lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said to me, I will show you what these be.

what.

Zechariah 1:19 And I said to the angel that talked with me, What be these? And he …

Zechariah 4:4,11 So I answered and spoke to the angel that talked with me, saying, …

Zechariah 6:4 Then I answered and said to the angel that talked with me, What are …

Daniel 7:16 I came near to one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth …

Daniel 8:15 And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, …

Revelation 7:13,14 And one of the elders answered, saying to me, What are these which …

the angel.

Zechariah 2:3 And, behold, the angel that talked with me went forth, and another …

Zechariah 4:5 Then the angel that talked with me answered and said to me, Know …

Zechariah 5:5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said to me, Lift …

Zechariah 6:4,5 Then I answered and said to the angel that talked with me, What are …

Genesis 31:11 And the angel of God spoke to me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I …

Daniel 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, …

Daniel 9:22,23 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am …

Daniel 10:11-14 And he said to me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the …

Revelation 17:1-7 And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, …

Revelation 19:9,10 And he said to me, Write, Blessed are they which are called to the …

Revelation 22:8-16 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen…

Verse 9. - O my lord. The prophet speaks to the angel of the Lord, who answers briefly, and is succeeded by the interpreting angel. What are these? Not "who," but "what;" i.e. what do they signify? (comp. Amos 7:8). That talked with me; literally, as the LXX. and Vulgate, that spake in me. So vers. 13, 14, and in the following visions. Hence some regard the expression as intimating a communication berne inwardly to the soul without the aid of external organs, or that the angel overpowered and influenced the prophet as the evil spirit possessed the demoniac. But the same term is used, as Dr. Wright points out, in the sense of to commune with a person (Numbers 12:6, 8; 1 Samuel 25:39), and to speak to a person (Hosea 1:2; and perhaps Habakkuk 2:1). It may, however, be that the angel of the Lord presented matters objectively, and the prophet's own angel interpreted subjectively. But the Authorized Version is probably correct. I will show thee. This he does through the chief angel (ver. 10). Then said I, O my Lord,.... These are the words of the Prophet Zechariah to the angel that showed him this vision:

what are these? what is the meaning of this vision? particularly who are meant by the horses, red, speckled, and white, and those upon them?

And the angel that talked with me; who seems to be different from the Angel of the Lord, the man among the myrtle trees, Zechariah 1:8 he was one of the ministering spirits; see Revelation 17:1,

said unto me, I will show thee what these be; that is, give an interpretation of the vision, and point out the persons intended by the horses. 9. the angel that talked with me—not the "man upon the red horse," as is evident from Zec 1:10, where he (the Divine Angel) is distinguished from the "angel that talked with me" (the phrase used of him, Zec 1:13, 14; Zec 2:3; 4:1, 4, 5; 5:5, 10; 6:4), that is, the interpreting angel. The Hebrew for "with me," or, "in me" (Nu 12:8), implies internal, intimate communication [Jerome].

show thee—reveal to thy mental vision.1:7-17 The prophet saw a dark, shady grove, hidden by hills. This represented the low, melancholy condition of the Jewish church. A man like a warrior sat on a red horse, in the midst of this shady myrtle-grove. Though the church was in a low condition, Christ was present in the midst, ready to appear for the relief of his people. Behind him were angels ready to be employed by him, some in acts of judgment, others of mercy, others in mixed events. Would we know something of the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, we must apply, not to angels, for they are themselves learners, but to Christ himself. He is ready to teach those humbly desirous to learn the things of God. The nations near Judea enjoyed peace at that time, but the state of the Jews was unsettled, which gave rise to the pleading that followed; but mercy must only be hoped for through Christ. His intercession for his church prevails. The Lord answered the Angel, this Angel of the covenant, with promises of mercy and deliverance. All the good words and comfortable words of the gospel we receive from Jesus Christ, as he received them from the Father, in answer to the prayer of his blood; and his ministers are to preach them to all the world. The earth sat still, and was at rest. It is not uncommon for the enemies of God to be at rest in sin, while his people are enduring correction, harassed by temptation, disquieted by fears of wrath, or groaning under oppression and persecution. Here are predictions which had reference to the revival of the Jews after the captivity, but those events were shadows of what shall take place in the church, after the oppression of the New Testament Babylon is ended.
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