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Zechariah 1:15

    Zechariah 1:15 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And I am very sore displeased with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And I am very angry with the nations who are living untroubled: for when I was only a little angry, they made the evil worse.

    Webster's Revision

    And I am very sore displeased with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

    World English Bible

    I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for I was but a little displeased, but they added to the calamity."

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And I am very sore displeased with the nations that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction.

    Definitions for Zechariah 1:15

    Heathen - People; nations; non-Jews.

    Clarke's Commentary on Zechariah 1:15

    I was but a little displeased - I was justly displeased with my people, and I gave their enemies a commission against them; but they carried this far beyond my design by oppression and cruelty; and now they shall suffer in their turn.

    Barnes' Notes on Zechariah 1:15

    I am sore displeased - literally "with great anger am I angered against the nations which are at ease." The form of the words shows that the greatness of the displeasure of God against those who oppress His people, is proportionate to the great and tender love toward themselves. God had been angered indeed with His people; with their enemies He was "angered with a great anger;" and that the more, because they were at ease, in unfeeling self-enjoyment amid the miseries of others.

    I was a little displeased - Little, in comparison with our deserts; little in comparison with the anger of the human instruments of His displeasure; little in comparison with theirs, who, in their anger, sought their own ends.

    They helped forward the affliction - o "He is wroth with the nations at ease, because He delivered His people to be corrected, but they used cruelty toward those delivered; He wills them to be amended as a son by a schoolmaster; they set themselves to slay and punish them, as an enemy. Like that in Isaiah, "I gave them into thy hands; thou didst show them no mercy; upon the ancients hast thou very heavily laid thy yoke" Isaiah 47:6.

    Or it may be, "helped for evil," in order to bring about evil, as in Jeremiah, "Behold I set My face against you for evil, and to destroy all Judah" Jeremiah 44:11, that is, as we should say, they were the instruments of God, , "cooperated in the execution of My justice toward you, but cruelly and with perverse intention. For although the Assyrians and Chaldaeans wasted the Jewish people, God so ordaining in as far as He willed through them to punish in the present the sins of His people, yet they did it, not in view of God and out of zeal for righteousness, but out of pride covetousness and with the worst ends. Hence God says by Isaiah, "Woe to Asshur, the rod of Mine anger, and the staff in his hand is Mine indignation. Howbeit he thinketh not so, but his heart is to destroy and cut off nations not a few" Isaiah 10:5, Isaiah 10:7.

    Wesley's Notes on Zechariah 1:15

    1:15 A little displeased - With mine own people, that is, in comparison of the anger I bear against the Heathen. Helped forward - Attempted to destroy whom I would but correct.