Zechariah 9:17
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New International Version
How attractive and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.

New Living Translation
How wonderful and beautiful they will be! The young men will thrive on abundant grain, and the young women will flourish on new wine.

English Standard Version
For how great is his goodness, and how great his beauty! Grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the young women.

New American Standard Bible
For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

King James Bible
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How lovely and beautiful they will be! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine, the young women.

International Standard Version
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the virgins.

NET Bible
How precious and fair! Grain will make the young men flourish and new wine the young women.

New Heart English Bible
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty. Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They will be beautiful and lovely. Young men will prosper on grain, and young women will prosper on new wine.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For how great is their goodness, and how great is their beauty! Corn shall make the young men flourish, And new wine the maids.

New American Standard 1977
For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs!
            Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.



Jubilee Bible 2000
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! The wheat shall make the young men cheerful, and the wine the maids.

King James 2000 Bible
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! grain shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maidens.

American King James Version
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

American Standard Version
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! grain shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For what is the good thing of him, and what is his beautiful thing, but the corn of the elect, and wine springing forth virgins?

Darby Bible Translation
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! Corn shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the maidens.

English Revised Version
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men flourish, and new wine the maids.

Webster's Bible Translation
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

World English Bible
For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.

Young's Literal Translation
For what His goodness! and what His beauty! Corn the young men, And new wine the virgins -- make fruitful!

Study Bible
The Lord will Save His People
16And the LORD their God will save them in that day As the flock of His people; For they are as the stones of a crown, Sparkling in His land. 17For what comeliness and beauty will be theirs! Grain will make the young men flourish, and new wine the virgins.
Cross References
Psalm 27:4
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

Isaiah 33:17
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; They will behold a far-distant land.

Jeremiah 31:12
"They will come and shout for joy on the height of Zion, And they will be radiant over the bounty of the LORD-- Over the grain and the new wine and the oil, And over the young of the flock and the herd; And their life will be like a watered garden, And they will never languish again.

Jeremiah 31:14
"I will fill the soul of the priests with abundance, And My people will be satisfied with My goodness," declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

For how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids.

how great is his goodness.

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for them that fear you…

Psalm 36:7 How excellent is your loving kindness, O God! therefore the children …

Psalm 86:5,15 For you, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy …

Psalm 145:7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of your great goodness, and …

Isaiah 63:7,15 I will mention the loving kindnesses of the LORD, and the praises …

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that …

Romans 5:8,20 But God commends his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, …

Ephesians 1:7,8 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of …

Ephesians 2:4,5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love with which he loved us…

Ephesians 3:18,19 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and …

Titus 3:4-7 But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared…

1 John 4:8-11 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love…

how great is his beauty.

Exodus 15:11 Who is like to you, O LORD, among the gods? who is like you, glorious …

Psalm 45:2 You are fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into your …

Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined.

Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be on us: and establish you …

Songs 5:10 My beloved is white and ruddy, the most chief among ten thousand.

Isaiah 33:17 Your eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the …

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory…

2 Corinthians 4:4-6 In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which …

Revelation 5:12-14 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive …

corn.

Isaiah 62:8,9 The LORD has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, …

Isaiah 65:13,14 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, …

Hosea 2:21,22 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, said the LORD, …

Joel 2:26 And you shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name …

Joel 3:18 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop …

Amos 8:11-14 Behold, the days come, said the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine …

Amos 9:13,14 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake …

Ephesians 5:18,19 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit…

cheerful. or, grow, or, speak.

Songs 7:9 And the roof of your mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that …

Verse 17. - His goodness. The goodness, i.e. the prosperity, of Israel or the land. Revised Version margin, "their prosperity." If the affix "his" is referred to Jehovah, the nouns "goodness" and "beauty" must be taken, not as his attributes, but as gifts bestowed by him, the prosperity and beauty which he confers. But it is more suitable to the context to consider the reference to be to the people, who in the next clause are divided into young men and maidens, and to take the "goodness," or goodliness, as appertaining more especially to the former, and the "beauty" to the latter. His beauty (comp. Ezekiel 16:14). (For the Messianic interpretation, see Psalm 45:2; Isaiah 33:17.) Corn...new wine. This is an expression often found to denote great abundance and prosperity. The two are distributed poetically between the youths and maidens (Deuteronomy 33:28; Psalm 72:16; Jeremiah 31:12, 13; Joel 2:18, 19). Make...cheerful; literally, make sprout. It probably refers to the increase of population occurring in times of plenty. This outward prosperity is a symbol of God's favour and the uprightness of the people. In these things, too, we may see adumbrated the spiritual blessings of the gospel, which are, as corn and wine, to strengthen and refresh the soul.



For how great is his goodness?.... Not of the land of Judea, as Kimchi; nor of the doctrine of the law, as the Targum; nor of the people of the Jews; but of the Messiah: and designs not his essential nor his providential goodness; but his goodness as Mediator, which he has in his heart, and has shown unto his people, in being their surety, and becoming their Saviour; in assuming their nature; bearing their sins, and obeying and suffering in their room and stead: and also that which he has in his hands for them, and communicates to them; his fulness of grace; all those spiritual blessings that are in him; the large measures of grace given at conversion; and the numerous instances of his goodness afterwards; yea, it includes glory, as well as grace:

and how great is his beauty? not as God, nor as man, but as Mediator; as beheld in the covenant and promises; in the Gospel and in the truths and in the ordinances of it:

corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids; by "young men" are meant the same as in 1 John 2:14 believers in Christ, who are lively, warm, and zealous for Christ, his cause and interest; who are active, diligent, and industrious in the discharge of duty; and are strong in Christ, and in his grace; and particularly in the grace of faith, and quit themselves like men: and by "maids" or "virgins" are meant the same; so called because of their chaste adherence to Christ; for their beauty, comeliness, and attire; and for their purity of divine worship and conversation: and the Gospel is intended by "corn" and "new wine"; which is compared to "corn", in opposition to the chaff of human doctrines; and because it contains Christ the bread of life, and is nourishing and comfortable: and to "new wine", not because it is a novel doctrine, for it is the everlasting Gospel ordained before the world was; but because, under the Gospel dispensation, to which this prophecy refers, it is newly and more clearly revealed; See Gill on Zechariah 9:15. The effect of which is, that it makes saints "cheerful", fills them with joy and spiritual mirth; for it is a joyful sound: or, "shall make fruitful" (d); it causes them to grow and increase, and makes them fruitful in every good word and work: or, "shall make them speak" eloquently (e); or cause them to put forth the fruit of their lips, in giving thanks to God for the abundance of grace bestowed upon them: or, "shall" make "them sing" (f), as others; in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. This new wine may be interpreted of the gifts and graces bestowed in great plenty on the day of Pentecost, both on sons and daughters, on servants and handmaids, whereby they prophesied, and saw visions, Acts 2:16 see Ephesians 5:18.

(d) "germinare faciet", Montanus; "progerminare faciet", Burkius; "foecundabit", Castalio; "dicitur de virginibus spiritualibus, quae sunt fructus multi evangelii", Zech. ix. 17. Stockius, p. 654. (e) "Facundas faciet", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator, Tarnovius. (f) "Cantare faciet", Pagninus, Drusius; so Ben Melech. 17. his goodness … his beauty—the goodness and beauty which Jehovah-Messiah bestows on His people. Not as Maurer thinks, the goodness, etc., of His land or His people (Ps 31:19; Jer 31:12).

make … cheerful—literally, "make it grow."

new wine the maids—supply, "shall make … to grow." Corn and wine abundant indicate peace and plenty. The new wine gladdening the maids is peculiar to this passage. It confutes those who interdict the use of wine as food. The Jews, heretofore straitened in provisions through pressure of the foe, shall now have abundance to cheer, not merely the old, but even the youths and maidens [Calvin]. 9:9-17 The prophet breaks forth into a joyful representation of the coming of the Messiah, of whom the ancient Jews explained this prophecy. He took the character of their King, when he entered Jerusalem amidst the hosannas of the multitude. But his kingdom is a spiritual kingdom. It shall not be advanced by outward force or carnal weapons. His gospel shall be preached to the world, and be received among the heathen. A sinful state is a state of bondage; it is a pit, or dungeon, in which there is no water, no comfort; and we are all by nature prisoners in this pit. Through the precious blood of Christ, many prisoners of Satan have been set at liberty from the horrible pit in which they must otherwise have perished, without hope or comfort. While we admire Him, let us seek that his holiness and truth may be shown in our own spirits and conduct. These promises have accomplishment in the spiritual blessings of the gospel which we enjoy by Jesus Christ. As the deliverance of the Jews was typical of redemption by Christ, so this invitation speaks to all the language of the gospel call. Sinners are prisoners, but prisoners of hope; their case is sad, but not desperate; for there is hope in Israel concerning them. Christ is a Strong-hold, a strong Tower, in whom believers are safe from the fear of the wrath of God, the curse of the law, and the assaults of spiritual enemies. To him we must turn with lively faith; to him we must flee, and trust in his name under all trials and sufferings. It is here promised that the Lord would deliver his people. This passage also refers to the apostles, and the preachers of the gospel in the early ages. God was evidently with them; his words from their lips pierced the hearts and consciences of the hearers. They were wondrously defended in persecution, and were filled with the influences of the Holy Spirit. They were saved by the Good Shepherd as his flock, and honoured as jewels of his crown. The gifts, graces, and consolations of the Spirit, poured forth on the day of Pentecost, Ac 2 and in succeeding times, are represented. Sharp have been, and still will be, the conflicts of Zion's sons, but their God will give them success. The more we are employed, and satisfied with his goodness, the more we shall admire the beauty revealed in the Redeemer. Whatever gifts God bestows on us, we must serve him cheerfully with them; and, when refreshed with blessings, we must say, How great is his goodness!
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