Zechariah 6:2
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New International Version
The first chariot had red horses, the second black,

New Living Translation
The first chariot was pulled by red horses, the second by black horses,

English Standard Version
The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses,

New American Standard Bible
With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses,

King James Bible
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The first chariot had red horses, the second chariot black horses,

International Standard Version
Attached to the first chariot were red horses. Attached to the second chariot were black horses.

NET Bible
Harnessed to the first chariot were red horses, to the second black horses,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The first chariot had red horses. The second had black horses.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In the first chariot were red horses and in the second chariot black horses;

King James 2000 Bible
Before the first chariot were red horses; and before the second chariot black horses;

American King James Version
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

American Standard Version
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the first chariot were red horses, and in the second chariot black horses.

Darby Bible Translation
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

English Revised Version
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

Webster's Bible Translation
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

World English Bible
In the first chariot were red horses; in the second chariot black horses;

Young's Literal Translation
In the first chariot are red horses, and in the second chariot brown horses,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:1-8 This vision may represent the ways of Providence in the government of this lower world. Whatever the providences of God about us are, as to public or private affairs, we should see them all as coming from between the mountains of brass, the immoveable counsels and decrees of God; and therefore reckon it as much our folly to quarrel with them, as it is our duty to submit to them. His providences move swiftly and strongly as chariots, but all are directed and governed by his infinite wisdom and sovereign will. The red horses signify war and bloodshed. The black, signify the dismal consequences of war, famines, pestilences, and desolations. The white, signify the return of comfort, peace, and prosperity. The mixed colour, signify events of different complexions, a day of prosperity and a day of adversity. The angels go forth as messengers of God's counsels, and ministers of his justice and mercy. And the secret motions and impulses upon the spirits of men, by which the designs of Providence are carried on, are these four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from God, and fulfil what the God of the spirits of all flesh appoints. All the events which take place in the world spring from the unchangeable counsels of the Lord, which are formed in unerring wisdom, perfect justice, truth, and goodness; and from history it is found that events happened about the period when this vision was sent to the prophet, which seem referred to therein.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - Red horses (see note on Zechariah 1:8). The colours of the horses are significant, though the symbols are not undisputed. "Red" symbolizes bloodshed and war (Isaiah 63:2; Revelation 6:4); "black," sorrow and mourning (Isaiah 1:3; Jeremiah 4:28; Revelation 6:5); "white," victory and joy (Ecclesiastes 9:8; Revelation 6:2; Revelation 19:11). What the colour of the horses in the fourth chariot means is very doubtful (see below on ver. 3).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

In the first chariot were red horses,.... If these are to be understood of the apostles of Christ, and ministers of the Gospel, they may be compared to "horses", for bearing the name of Christ, and drawing the chariot of the Gospel; for their strength to labour in the word and doctrine; for their courage in the cause of Christ; and for their swiftness in doing his work; and to "red" ones, for their flaming zeal for the honour of the Redeemer, and their bloody sufferings for his sake: and if of angels, they may be compared to "horses", because strong and swift to do the will of God; and to "red" ones, because they are the executioners of his wrath and vengeance on wicked men: but if by "the chariots" are meant the monarchies, then by these "red horses" must be designed the Babylonians and Chaldeans, so called because their soldiers were clothed in red, and their chariots were like flaming torches; and they were sanguinary, cruel, and bloody in their tempers, and in their actions to the Jews; and were signified by Nebuchadnezzar's head of gold in his image; see Nahum 2:3,

and in the second chariot black horses; which, applied to the apostles and ministers of the Gospel, may denote their mean and abject appearance outwardly, and their knowledge in the mysteries of grace, which are dark and obscure to others; and, if understood of angels, is applicable to them, when messengers of ill tidings, or executioners of judgment: but if the monarchies are meant, which seems best, the Medes and Persians are intended; and their "black" colour is expressive of the sorrowful estate of the Jews under them, especially in the time of Haman, as Jarchi and Kimchi observe: black horses were reckoned strong, well made, and fit for labour; and the Ethiopians and Moors chose to have their horses they used in war all of this colour, to strike the greater horror and terror into their enemies; and to see black horses in a dream was accounted a bad omen (s). The Medes and Persians were a strong and warlike people, and were very terrible to their enemies, under Cyrus; and very troublesome and distressing to the Jews, under Cambyses and Ahasuerus.

(s) Vid. Bochart. Hierozoic. par. 1. l. 2. c. 7. Colossians 106, 107.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. red—implying carnage.

black—representing sorrow; also famine (Re 6:5, 6; compare Zec 1:8).

Zechariah 6:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Four Chariots
1Now I lifted up my eyes again and looked, and behold, four chariots were coming forth from between the two mountains; and the mountains were bronze mountains. 2With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses, 3with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot strong dappled horses.…
Cross References
Revelation 6:4
Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make people kill each other. To him was given a large sword.

Revelation 6:5
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.

Zechariah 1:8
During the night I had a vision, and there before me was a man mounted on a red horse. He was standing among the myrtle trees in a ravine. Behind him were red, brown and white horses.
Treasury of Scripture

In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

red.

Zechariah 1:8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding on a red horse, and he stood …

Revelation 6:2-5 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a …

Revelation 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red …

Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw …

black.

Zechariah 6:6 The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; …

Revelation 6:5,6 And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, …

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