Zechariah 9:13
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New International Version
I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim. I will rouse your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and make you like a warrior's sword.

King James Bible
When I have bent Judah for me, filled the bow with Ephraim, and raised up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and made thee as the sword of a mighty man.

Darby Bible Translation
For I have bent Judah for me, I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will raise up thy sons, O Zion, against thy sons, O Greece, and make thee like the sword of a mighty man.

World English Bible
For indeed I bend Judah as a bow for me. I have filled the bow with Ephraim; and I will stir up your sons, Zion, against your sons, Greece, and will make you like the sword of a mighty man.

Young's Literal Translation
For I have trodden for Me Judah, A bow I have filled with Ephraim, And I have stirred up thy sons, O Zion, Against thy sons, O Javan, And I have set thee as the sword of a hero.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

When I have bent Judah - Judah is the bow, and Ephraim is the arrows; and these are to be shot against the Greeks. I am inclined, with Bp. Newcome, to consider that the language of this prophecy is too strong to point out the only trifling advantage which the Maccabees gained over Antiochus, who was of Macedonian descent; and it is probable that these prophecies remain to be fulfilled against the present possessors of Javan or Greece, Macedonia, and a part of Asia Minor.

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bent.

Zechariah 1:21 Then said I, What come these to do? And he spoke, saying, These are the horns which have scattered Judah...

Zechariah 10:3-7 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 12:2-8 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the people round about...

Micah 5:4-9 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide...

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings...

and raised.

Psalm 49:2-9 Both low and high, rich and poor, together...

Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

Amos 2:11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O you children of Israel?...

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.

against.

Daniel 8:21-25 And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king...

Daniel 11:32-34 And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong...

Joel 3:6-8 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have you sold to the Grecians, that you might remove them far from their border...

Micah 4:2,3 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob...

Mark 16:15-20 And he said to them, Go you into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature...

Romans 15:16-20 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God...

1 Corinthians 1:21-28 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God...

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh...

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

made.

Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David...

Psalm 18:32-35 It is God that girds me with strength, and makes my way perfect...

Psalm 45:3 Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.

Psalm 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:

Psalm 149:6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand;

Isaiah 41:15,16 Behold, I will make you a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: you shall thresh the mountains, and beat them small...

Isaiah 49:2 And he has made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand has he hid me, and made me a polished shaft...

Ephesians 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword...

Revelation 1:16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword...

Revelation 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things said he which has the sharp sword with two edges;

Revelation 19:15,21 And out of his mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron...

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Messiah's Entrance into Jerusalem
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: He is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. -- And He shall speak peace unto the heathen. T he narrowness and littleness of the mind of fallen man are sufficiently conspicuous in the idea he forms of magnificence and grandeur. The pageantry and parade of a Roman triumph, or of an eastern monarch, as described in history, exhibit him to us
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

History of the Interpretation.
1. AMONG THE JEWS. This History, as to its essential features, might, a priori, be sketched with tolerable certainty. From the nature of the case, we could scarcely expect that the Jews should have adopted views altogether erroneous as to the subject of the prophecy in question; for the Messiah appears in it, not in His humiliation, but in His glory--rich in gifts and blessings, and Pelagian self-delusion will, a priori, return an affirmative answer to the question as to whether one is
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

The Quotation in Matt. Ii. 6.
Several interpreters, Paulus especially, have asserted that the interpretation of Micah which is here given, was that of the Sanhedrim only, and not of the Evangelist, who merely recorded what happened and was said. But this assertion is at once refuted when we consider the object which Matthew has in view in his entire representation of the early life of Jesus. His object in recording the early life of Jesus is not like that of Luke, viz., to communicate historical information to his readers.
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

Fifthly, as this Revelation, to the Judgment of Right and Sober Reason,
appears of itself highly credible and probable, and abundantly recommends itself in its native simplicity, merely by its own intrinsic goodness and excellency, to the practice of the most rational and considering men, who are desirous in all their actions to have satisfaction and comfort and good hope within themselves, from the conscience of what they do: So it is moreover positively and directly proved to be actually and immediately sent to us from God, by the many infallible signs and miracles
Samuel Clarke—A Discourse Concerning the Being and Attributes of God

Cross References
Psalm 45:3
Gird your sword on your side, you mighty one; clothe yourself with splendor and majesty.

Jeremiah 51:20
"You are my war club, my weapon for battle-- with you I shatter nations, with you I destroy kingdoms,

Daniel 11:32
With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.

Joel 3:6
You sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, that you might send them far from their homeland.

Joel 3:7
"See, I am going to rouse them out of the places to which you sold them, and I will return on your own heads what you have done.

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