Zechariah 1:20
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New International Version
Then the LORD showed me four craftsmen.

King James Bible
And the LORD shewed me four carpenters.

Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah shewed me four craftsmen.

World English Bible
Yahweh showed me four craftsmen.

Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah doth shew me four artisans.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Four carpenters - Four other powers, who should defeat the powers intended by the horns. These are the same as the four chariots mentioned Zechariah 6:1-3, Zechariah 6:6, Zechariah 6:7. The first was Nabopolassar, father of Nebuchadnezzar, who overturned the empire of the Assyrians. The second was Cyrus, who destroyed the empire of the Chaldeans. The third was Alexander the Great, who destroyed the empire of the Persians. And the fourth was Ptolemy, who rendered himself master of Egypt. Some of these had already been cast down; the rest were to follow. Calmet gives this interpretation, and vindicates it at length.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

four.

Zechariah 9:12-16 Turn you to the strong hold, you prisoners of hope: even to day do I declare that I will render double to you...

Zechariah 10:3-5 My anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: for the LORD of hosts has visited his flock the house of Judah...

Zechariah 12:2-6 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about...

Deuteronomy 33:25 Your shoes shall be iron and brass; and as your days, so shall your strength be.

Judges 11:16,18 But when Israel came up from Egypt, and walked through the wilderness to the Red sea, and came to Kadesh...

1 Samuel 12:11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal, and Bedan, and Jephthah, and Samuel, and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side...

Nehemiah 9:27 Therefore you delivered them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them: and in the time of their trouble, when they cried to you...

Isaiah 54:15-17 Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whoever shall gather together against you shall fall for your sake...

Obadiah 1:21 And saviors shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD's.

Micah 5:5,6,8,9 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces...

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Joshua and the Angel
The steady advancement made by the builders of the temple greatly discomfited and alarmed the hosts of evil. Satan determined to put forth still further effort to weaken and discourage God's people by holding before them their imperfections of character. If those who had long suffered because of transgression could again be induced to disregard God's commandments, they would be brought once more under the bondage of sin. Because Israel had been chosen to preserve the knowledge of God in the earth,
Ellen Gould White—The Story of Prophets and Kings

"But Whereunto Shall I Liken this Generation?"
Matth. xi. 16.--"But whereunto shall I liken this generation?" When our Lord Jesus, who had the tongue of the learned, and spoke as never man spake, did now and then find a difficulty to express the matter herein contained. "What shall we do?" The matter indeed is of great importance, a soul matter, and therefore of great moment, a mystery, and therefore not easily expressed. No doubt he knows how to paint out this to the life, that we might rather behold it with our eyes, than hear it with our
Hugh Binning—The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

Cross References
Isaiah 44:12
The blacksmith takes a tool and works with it in the coals; he shapes an idol with hammers, he forges it with the might of his arm. He gets hungry and loses his strength; he drinks no water and grows faint.

Isaiah 54:16
"See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have created the destroyer to wreak havoc;

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