Zec 10:1
10:1 Ask ye of the {a} LORD rain in the time of the latter rain;
     [so] the LORD shall make bright clouds, and give them
     showers of rain, to every one grass in the field.

     (a) The Prophet reproves the Jews, because by their own
         infidelity they turn away God's promised graces, and so
         famine came by God's just judgment.  Therefore to avoid
         this plague, he exhorts them to turn to God, and to
         pray in faith to him, and so he will give them

Zec 10:2
10:2 For the {b} idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have
     seen a lie, and have told false dreams; they comfort in
     vain: therefore {c} they went their way as a flock, they
     were troubled, because [there was] no shepherd.

     (b) He calls to remembrance God's punishments in times
         past, because they trusted not in him, but in their
         idols and sorcerers who always deceived them.
     (c) That is, the Jews went into captivity.

Zec 10:3
10:3 My anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished
     the {d} goats: for the LORD of hosts hath visited his flock
     the house of Judah, and hath made them as {e} his majestic
     horse in the battle.

     (d) Meaning, the cruel governors who did oppress the poor
         sheep; @Eze 34:16-17.
     (e) He will be merciful to his Church, and cherish them as
         a king or prince does his best horse, which will be for
         his own use in war.

Zec 10:4
10:4 Out {f} of him came forth the corner, out of him the nail,
     out of him the battle bow, out of him every {g} oppressor

     (f) Out of Judah will the chief governor proceed, who will
         be as a corner to uphold the building, and as a nail to
         fasten it together.
     (g) Over their enemies.

Zec 10:6
10:6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save
     the {h} house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to
     place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be
     as though I had not cast them off: for I [am] the LORD
     their God, and will hear them.

     (h) That is, the ten tribes, which would be united under
         Christ to the rest of the Church.

Zec 10:8
10:8 I will {i} hiss for them, and gather them; for I have
     redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have

     (i) By which he declares the power of God, who needs no
         great preparation when he will deliver his own: for
         with a gesture or hiss he can call them suddenly from
         all places.

Zec 10:9
10:9 And I will {k} sow them among the people: and they shall
     remember me in far countries; and they shall live with
     their children, and {l} turn again.

     (k) Though they will yet be scattered and seem to be lost,
         yet it will be profitable to them: for there they will
         come to the knowledge of my name, which was
         accomplished under the Gospel, among whom it was first
     (l) Not that they would return into their country, but be
         gathered and joined in one faith by the doctrine of the

Zec 10:11
10:11 And he {m} shall pass through the sea with affliction, and
      shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the
      river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be
      brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart.

      (m) He alludes to the deliverance of the people out of
          Egypt, when the angel smote the floods and rivers.

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