Zechariah 6:6
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New International Version
The one with the black horses is going toward the north country, the one with the white horses toward the west, and the one with the dappled horses toward the south."

New Living Translation
The chariot with black horses is going north, the chariot with white horses is going west, and the chariot with dappled-gray horses is going south."

English Standard Version
The chariot with the black horses goes toward the north country, the white ones go after them, and the dappled ones go toward the south country.”

New American Standard Bible
with one of which the black horses are going forth to the north country; and the white ones go forth after them, while the dappled ones go forth to the south country.

King James Bible
The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The one with the black horses is going to the land of the north, the white horses are going after them, but the dappled horses are going to the land of the south."

International Standard Version
The black horses are headed into the north country, and the white ones are headed out after them. The speckled horses are headed toward the south country."

NET Bible
The chariot with the black horses is going to the north country and the white ones are going after them, but the spotted ones are going to the south country.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The chariot with the black horses is going toward the north, and the white horses are following them. The spotted ones are going toward the south."

Jubilee Bible 2000
The one with the black horses went forth towards the north country, and the white went forth after them, and the grisled went forth toward the south country.

King James 2000 Bible
The black horses which are there go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the dappled go forth toward the south country.

American King James Version
The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the spotted go forth toward the south country.

American Standard Version
The chariot wherein are the black horses goeth forth toward the north country; and the white went forth after them; and the grizzled went forth toward the south country.

Douay-Rheims Bible
That in which were the black horses went forth into the land of the north, and the white went forth after them: and the grisled went forth to the land of the south.

Darby Bible Translation
That in which are the black horses goeth forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth towards the south country;

English Revised Version
The chariot wherein are the black horses goeth forth toward the north country; and the white went forth after them; and the grisled went forth toward the south country.

Webster's Bible Translation
The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grizzled go forth towards the south country.

World English Bible
The one with the black horses goes out toward the north country; and the white went out after them; and the dappled went forth toward the south country."

Young's Literal Translation
The brown horses that are therein, are coming forth unto the land of the north; and the white have come forth unto their hinder part; and the grisled have come forth unto the land of the south;
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 6. - The angel now (vers. 6, 7) indicates the various destinations of the chariots, except the first with the red horses. Why this is omitted has never been satisfactorily explained. Some regard ver. 7 as giving the destination of this chariot, by making a slight change in the word rendered "bay" in the Authorized Version, which would cause it to mean "red." The Syriac, indeed, which omits the word in ver. 3, translates it here by "red." If we retain the Masoretic reading, we must let this difficulty remain unsolved, and suppose that the angel explains only part of the vision, leaving the rest for the prophet's meditation. The black horses which are therein; literally, that wherein are the black horses, they go forth, etc.; which is equivalent to "the chariot wherein are the black horses goeth forth." So the Revised Version. The north country. Babylonia (see note on Zechariah 2:6). After them; behind them. The white horses go to the same quarter; and thus is indicated the overwhelming destruction that was coming on Babylon, and the victory and triumph of the conquerors over it. The south country; i.e. Egypt (Isaiah 30:6; Daniel 11:5), another hostile power, also, perhaps, Edom and Ethiopia. One chariot only is seen to go towards it, drawn by the speckled horses that denote a mixed judgment, perhaps of war and pestilence (see on ver. 3). The north and south symbolize the whole earth and the powers hostile to the true Israel.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

The black horses which are therein,.... Which were in the second chariot: no further mention is made of the red horses in the first chariot, because the kingdom of the Chaldeans was now extinct: these design the Medes and Persians:

go forth into the north country: into the country of Babylon or Chaldea, which lay north of Judea; see Jeremiah 1:13 and other places; these went to Babylon, took that, and seized on the empire, and delivered the Jews, who were captives there:

and the white go forth after them; the Grecians under Alexander, who went after the Medes and Persians into the same country, and fought Darius the Persian, and conquered him:

and the grisled go forth toward the south country; the Romans under Julius Caesar, Augustus, and others before them, who went into Egypt, which lay south of Judea, Daniel 11:5 and conquered that, and other nations, and set up the fourth kingdom or monarchy.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

6. north country—Babylon (see on [1178]Jer 1:14). The north is the quarter specified in particular whence Judah and Israel are hereafter to return to their own land (Zec 2:6; Jer 3:18). "The black horses" go to Babylon, primarily to represent the awful desolation with which Darius visited it in the fifth year of his reign (two years after this prophecy) for revolting [Henderson]. The "white" go after the "black" horses to the same country; two sets being sent to it because of its greater cruelty and guilt in respect to Judea. The white represent Darius triumphant subjugation of it [Moore]. Rather, I think, the white are sent to victoriously subdue Medo-Persia, the second world kingdom, lying in the same quarter as Babylon, namely, north.

grizzled … toward the south—that is, to Egypt, the other great foe of God's people. It, being a part of the Græco-Macedonian kingdom, stands for the whole of it, the third world kingdom.

Zechariah 6:6 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Four Chariots
5The angel replied to me, "These are the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth, 6with one of which the black horses are going forth to the north country; and the white ones go forth after them, while the dappled ones go forth to the south country. 7"When the strong ones went out, they were eager to go to patrol the earth." And He said, "Go, patrol the earth." So they patrolled the earth.…
Cross References
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.

Isaiah 43:6
I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.' Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth--

Jeremiah 1:14
The LORD said to me, "From the north disaster will be poured out on all who live in the land.

Jeremiah 1:15
I am about to summon all the peoples of the northern kingdoms," declares the LORD. "Their kings will come and set up their thrones in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem; they will come against all her surrounding walls and against all the towns of Judah.

Jeremiah 4:6
Raise the signal to go to Zion! Flee for safety without delay! For I am bringing disaster from the north, even terrible destruction."

Jeremiah 6:1
"Flee for safety, people of Benjamin! Flee from Jerusalem! Sound the trumpet in Tekoa! Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem! For disaster looms out of the north, even terrible destruction.

Jeremiah 25:9
I will summon all the peoples of the north and my servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon," declares the LORD, "and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations. I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.

Jeremiah 46:10
But that day belongs to the Lord, the LORD Almighty-- a day of vengeance, for vengeance on his foes. The sword will devour till it is satisfied, till it has quenched its thirst with blood. For the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will offer sacrifice in the land of the north by the River Euphrates.

Ezekiel 1:4
I looked, and I saw a windstorm coming out of the north--an immense cloud with flashing lightning and surrounded by brilliant light. The center of the fire looked like glowing metal,

Daniel 11:5
"The king of the South will become strong, but one of his commanders will become even stronger than he and will rule his own kingdom with great power.
Treasury of Scripture

The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the spotted go forth toward the south country.

the north.

Jeremiah 1:14,15 Then the LORD said to me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth …

Jeremiah 4:6 Set up the standard toward Zion: retire, stay not: for I will bring …

Jeremiah 6:1 O you children of Benjamin, gather yourselves to flee out of the …

Jeremiah 25:9 Behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, said …

Jeremiah 46:10 For this is the day of the Lord GOD of hosts, a day of vengeance, …

Jeremiah 51:48 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing …

Ezekiel 1:4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great …

go forth after.

Daniel 7:5,6 And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised …

Daniel 11:3,4 And a mighty king shall stand up, that shall rule with great dominion, …

toward.

Daniel 11:5,6,9,40 And the king of the south shall be strong, and one of his princes; …

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