Zechariah 10:4, 5
Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.
I. CAPABLE RULERS. "Cornerstone," on which the fabric rests. The stability of the whole depends on the foundation.
II. JUST ADMINISTRATION. "Nail" - what binds and fixes. The laws must not only be just, but justly applied. Forms of government vary according to the circumstances and needs of the people. There is much truth in Pope's saying, "Whate'er is best administered is best."
III. AMPLE RESOURCES. "Battle bow" may stand for implements of war. Means of defence. The weapons are nothing compared to the men who wield them. True citizens, devoted to the right, giving themselves and their all for the defence of truth and liberty, and for the advancement of the general good.
IV. NATIONAL INDEPENDENCE. Enlightenment. Love of freedom and justice. Purity of domestic life. Superiority to passion and vain glory. Courage in duty. Power not only to hold their own, but to bear themselves generously towards the vanquished, and to overcome evil with good.
"What constitutes a state?
Not high-raised battlements or laboured mound,
Thick walls or moated gate;
Not cities proud, with spire and turret crowned,
Nor bays, nor broad arm'd ports,
Where, laughing at the storm, rich navies ride;
But men, high-minded Christian men." F.
Parallel VersesKJV: Out of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail, out of him the battle bow, out of him every oppressor together.