Zechariah 8:5
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New International Version
The city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there."

New Living Translation
And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls at play.

English Standard Version
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.

New American Standard Bible
'And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.'

King James Bible
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in them."

International Standard Version
The city parks will be filled with boys and girls. They will play in the city's open parks.'

NET Bible
And the streets of the city will be full of boys and girls playing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The city will be filled with boys and girls playing in the streets.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls who shall play in them.

King James 2000 Bible
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.

American King James Version
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

American Standard Version
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls, playing in the streets thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

English Revised Version
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.

World English Bible
The streets of the city will be full of boys and girls playing in its streets."

Young's Literal Translation
And broad places of the city are full of boys and girls, Playing in its broad places.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

8:1-8 The sins of Zion were her worst enemies. God will take away her sins, and then no other enemies shall hurt her. Those who profess religion must adorn their profession by godliness and honesty. When become a city of truth and a mountain of holiness, Jerusalem is peaceable and prosperous. Verses 4,5, beautifully describe a state of great outward peace, attended with plenty, temperance, and contentment. The scattered Israelites shall be brought together from all parts. God will never leave nor forsake them in a way of mercy, for this he has promised them; and they shall never leave nor forsake him in a way of duty, as they have promised him. These promises were partly fulfilled in the Jewish church, betwixt the captivity and the time of Christ's coming; and they had fuller accomplishment in the gospel church; but the full import must be as to the future times of the Christian church, or the future restoration of the Jews. With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible; so far are God's thoughts and ways above ours. In the present low state of vital godliness, we can hardly conceive that so complete a change can be made; but a change thus extensive and glorious, can be brought to pass by the almighty power of the new-creating Spirit, in less time than he was pleased to employ in creating the world. Let the hands of all who labour in the cause of the gospel be strong, serving the Lord in true holiness, assured that their labour shall not be in vain.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - Full of boys and girls. Jerusalem and the other cities had long been strangers to any such happy sight. Large increase of population is a blessing often promised in the latter days (Hosea 1:10; Micah 2:12). Perowne remarks that our Lord alludes to the games of children the marketplaces as a familiar incident his days (Matthew 11:16, 17; comp. Jeremiah 11).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls,.... Denoting a large increase of inhabitants, in a literal sense; and may spiritually signify the large numbers of converts, of new born babes, who are regenerated by the grace and Spirit of God, and are accounted of by the Lord for a generation:

playing the streets thereof; being in health and rigour, and in great security. The Targum renders it, "singing" or "praising in the spacious places thereof"; singing the praises of God in Gospel strains; saying their Hosannas to the Son of David; rejoicing in the great salvation by Christ, and magnifying the grace of God, and setting forth the glories of it in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; see Matthew 11:16. In Jerusalem, literally taken, there were various streets, besides the street of the temple, which led to it, Ezra 10:9 mention is made of others in Jewish writings, as of the upper street (k), and of the street of the butchers, and of the street of those that dealt in wool (l).

(k) Misn. Shekalim, c. 8. sect. 1.((l) Misn. Erubin, c. 10. sect. 9.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5. boys and girls playing—implying security and a numerous progeny, accounted a leading blessing among the Jews. Contrast Jer 6:11; 9:21.

Zechariah 8:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Restoration of Jerusalem
4"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'Old men and old women will again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each man with his staff in his hand because of age. 5'And the streets of the city will be filled with boys and girls playing in its streets.' 6"Thus says the LORD of hosts, 'If it is too difficult in the sight of the remnant of this people in those days, will it also be too difficult in My sight?' declares the LORD of hosts.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 30:19
From them will come songs of thanksgiving and the sound of rejoicing. I will add to their numbers, and they will not be decreased; I will bring them honor, and they will not be disdained.

Jeremiah 30:20
Their children will be as in days of old, and their community will be established before me; I will punish all who oppress them.

Jeremiah 31:12
They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will rejoice in the bounty of the LORD-- the grain, the new wine and the olive oil, the young of the flocks and herds. They will be like a well-watered garden, and they will sorrow no more.

Jeremiah 31:13
Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
Treasury of Scripture

And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.

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