Zechariah 6:2
New International Version
The first chariot had red horses, the second black,

New Living Translation
The first chariot was pulled by red horses, the second by black horses,

English Standard Version
The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses,

Berean Study Bible
The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses,

King James Bible
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

New King James Version
With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses,

New American Standard Bible
With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses,

NASB 1995
With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses,

NASB 1977
With the first chariot were red horses, with the second chariot black horses,

Amplified Bible
The first chariot had red horses (war, bloodshed), the second chariot had black horses (famine, death),

Christian Standard Bible
The first chariot had chestnut horses, the second chariot black horses,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The first chariot had red horses, the second chariot black horses,

American Standard Version
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
With the first chariot were red horses, and with the second chariot, black horses

Brenton Septuagint Translation
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

Contemporary English Version
The first chariot was pulled by red horses, and the second by black horses;

Douay-Rheims Bible
In the first chariot were red horses, and in the second chariot black horses.

English Revised Version
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

Good News Translation
The first chariot was pulled by red horses, the second by black horses,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The first chariot had red horses. The second had black horses.

International Standard Version
Attached to the first chariot were red horses. Attached to the second chariot were black horses.

JPS Tanakh 1917
In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

Literal Standard Version
In the first chariot [are] red horses, and in the second chariot brown horses,

NET Bible
Harnessed to the first chariot were red horses, to the second black horses,

New Heart English Bible
In the first chariot were red horses; in the second chariot black horses;

World English Bible
In the first chariot were red horses; in the second chariot black horses;

Young's Literal Translation
In the first chariot are red horses, and in the second chariot brown horses,

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Vision of the Four Chariots
1And again I lifted up my eyes and saw four chariots coming out from between two mountains—mountains of bronze. 2The first chariot had red horses, the second black horses, 3the third white horses, and the fourth dappled horses—all of them strong.…

Cross References
Revelation 6:4
Then another horse went forth. It was bright red, and its rider was granted permission to take away peace from the earth and to make men slay one another. And he was given a great sword.

Revelation 6:5
And when the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" Then I looked and saw a black horse, and its rider held in his hand a pair of scales.

Zechariah 1:8
I looked out into the night and saw a man riding on a red horse. He was standing among the myrtle trees in the hollow, and behind him were red, sorrel, and white horses.


Treasury of Scripture

In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses;

red.

Zechariah 1:8
I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that were in the bottom; and behind him were there red horses, speckled, and white.

Revelation 6:2-5
And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer…

Revelation 12:3
And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

black.

Zechariah 6:6
The black horses which are therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country.

Revelation 6:5,6
And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand…









Verse 2. - Red horses (see note on Zechariah 1:8). The colours of the horses are significant, though the symbols are not undisputed. "Red" symbolizes bloodshed and war (Isaiah 63:2; Revelation 6:4); "black," sorrow and mourning (Isaiah 1:3; Jeremiah 4:28; Revelation 6:5); "white," victory and joy (Ecclesiastes 9:8; Revelation 6:2; Revelation 19:11). What the colour of the horses in the fourth chariot means is very doubtful (see below on ver. 3).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
The first
הָרִֽאשֹׁנָ֖ה (hā·ri·šō·nāh)
Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's 7223: First, in place, time, rank

chariot
בַּמֶּרְכָּבָ֥ה (bam·mer·kā·ḇāh)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 4818: A chariot

had red
אֲדֻמִּ֑ים (’ă·ḏum·mîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 122: Rosy

horses,
סוּסִ֣ים (sū·sîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5483: A swallow, swift (type of bird)

the second
הַשֵּׁנִ֖ית (haš·šê·nîṯ)
Article | Number - ordinal feminine singular
Strong's 8145: Second (an ordinal number)

black
שְׁחֹרִֽים׃ (šə·ḥō·rîm)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's 7838: Dusky, jetty

horses,
סוּסִ֥ים (sū·sîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5483: A swallow, swift (type of bird)


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