|Zecheriah: Coming Events and Astronomical Signs
|Zechariah 1, Page 16|
1:7 On 12 February 2006 the word of Yehuveh came to those who remembered Him, who have come from obedience born of advancing in His ways, saying,
Bible, KJV Translation:
1:7 Upon the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month, which is the month Sebat, in the second year of Darius, came the word of the LORD unto Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, the son of Iddo the prophet, saying,
Yehuveh’s First Sign in the Heavens: Commentary on Zechariah 1:7-11 (10 November 2008):
Significant Words and Comments:
Significant Words: 1:7 (10 November 2008): To establish the date provided in Zechariah 1:7, first identify “the second year of Darius,” which, as discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:1, spanned 30 March 2006 to 19 March 2007. By movements of the moon, the “eleventh month” began on 20 January 2006. From there, “the four and twentieth day of the eleventh month” is 12 February 2006.
Day is from yowm [H3117, see notes on Daniel 11:20]; twentieth is from `esriym [simply the dual form of ten, H6242, used twice, in Zechariah 1:7; 5:2]; fourth is from 'arba` [H0702, discussed in notes on Daniel 11:4]; month [H2320, discussed by Zechariah 1:1].
Eleventh is from two words: `asar [H6240], meaning “ten (only in combination), that is -teen; also (ordinal) -teenth,” and `ashtey [H6249], apparently the masculine plural construction of [H6247] in the sense of “an afterthought; (used only in connection with H6240 in lieu of one, 'echad [H0259]) eleven or (ordinal) eleventh.” Of the thirty-four uses of eleven in Torah, eighteen use a combination of `ashtey [H6249] and `asar [H6240] (Exodus 26:7, 8; 36:14, 15; Numbers 7:72; 29:20; Deuteronomy 1:3; 2 Kings 25:2; 1 Chronicles 12:13; 24:12; 25:18; 27:14; Jeremiah 1:3; 39:2; 52:5; Ezekiel 26:1; 40:49; Zechariah 1:7) and thirteen use echad [H0259] plus `asar [H6240] (Genesis 23:22; 27:9; Deuteronomy 1:2; Joshua 15:51; 1 Kings 6:38; 2 Kings 9:29; 23:36; 24:18; 2 Chronicles 36:5, 11; Jeremiah 52:1; Ezekiel 30:20; 31:1). The remaining three uses are loosely translated “eleven hundred” from the Hebrew words for thousand plus hundred. Both `ashtey and `asar are used only here in Zechariah.
Sebat, used only here in Zechariah, is from shebat [H7627], a month-name adopted by Israel in their Babylonian captivity. Prior to exile, the Hebrew people only numbered their months. A similar word shebat [H7625] means “clan.”
Word [H1697], Yehuveh [H3068], and Zechariah [H2148] are all discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:1.
Son [H1121], Berechiah [H1296], Iddo [H5714], prophet [H5030], and saying [H0559] are all discussed in notes on Zechariah 1:1.
Originally Written: 10 November 2008
Latest Update: 12 November 2008
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