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5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
3 Therefore will He give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
Commentary on 5:1 [29 May 2006]: Perhaps this is a very far cry from the intention of this verse, and indeed of this entire chapter, in the original writing. With alternate meanings for each word, consider this reading in the flow of context from the end of chapter four: “ Now  gather/cut thyself in  troops/furrow, O  daughter/builder of  troops/furrows: he hath  laid/put  siege/security  against/around us: they shall  smite/strike/initiate the  judge/vendication of  Israel with a  rod/scion upon the  cheek/freshness/vigor.” Putting this together, consider: “Now cut furrows [prepare your fields], builder of furrows [farmers and agriculturalists]: put security around; initiate vendication of Israel with a vigorous new plantings!” Because restored Israel knows that from now on they “shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid,” their only self-defense will be to get their orchards and vineyard planted! Ezekiel 34:28 [also Jeremiah 30:10; 46:27; Ezekiel 35:25, 29; Zephaniah 3:15; Zechariah 2:4].
Commentary on 5:2 [29 May 2006]: Again, if this translation is evaluated word by word and the supplied words are removed, it reads: “You, fruitful house of bread, refreshed of Judah, come forth ruler in Israel; as going forth anciently always.” Joined to verse one, the indication is that prosperity and plenty will rule Israel; in the abundance and prosperity and peace which is to soon come, we will not need “governmental” deterents to crime.
Commentary on 5:3 [29 May 2006]: When the people return to Yehuveh and again embrace His ways and bring forth righteousness, when the sons of Zadok arise to give proper instruction and leadership, then Israel will be gathered again to their homeland. Zechariah presents this same picture in the first four chapters.
[18 May 2006]: Is this not a reference to “a woman bringing forth” a direct reference to 5 October 2005, when Virgo brought forth Jupiter, the man child [on that date the sign of Revelation 12:1-2, 5 was fulfilled and the 1260 days began]? The time of the fulfillment of this promise is now. Right now Yehuveh is preparing to restore prosperity to His people.
Originally Written: 29 May 2006
Latest Update: 15 October 2007
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