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Zechariah 7:2

    Zechariah 7:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    When they had sent unto the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    When they had sent to the house of God Sherezer and Regemmelech, and their men, to pray before the LORD,

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Now they of Beth-el had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech, and their men, to entreat the favor of Jehovah,

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Now they of Beth-el had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech to make a request for grace from the Lord,

    Webster's Revision

    Now they of Beth-el had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech, and their men, to entreat the favor of Jehovah,

    World English Bible

    The people of Bethel sent Sharezer and Regem Melech, and their men, to entreat Yahweh's favor,

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Now they of Beth-el had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech, and their men, to entreat the favour of the LORD,

    Clarke's Commentary on Zechariah 7:2

    When they had sent - Sherezer and Regem-melech - To inquire whether the fasts should be continued, which they had hitherto observed on account of their ruined temple; and the reason why they inquired was, that they were rebuilding that temple, and were likely to bring it to a joyful issue.

    Barnes' Notes on Zechariah 7:2

    When they held sent unto the house of God - Rather, "And Bethel sent;" that is, the inhabitants of Bethel sent. "The house of God" is nowhere in Holy Scripture called Bethel. Bethel is always the name of the place. . The "house of God" is designated by historians, Psalmists, prophets, by the name, "Beth-elohim," more commonly "Beth-Ha-elohim, the God;" or "of the Lord," YHVH. Zechariah and Haggai use these names. It is not likely that the name, Beth-el, should have first been given to the house of God, when it had been desecrated by the idolatries of Jeroboam. Bethel also is, in the Hebrew order of the words, naturally the subject . Nor is there any reason why they should have sent to Bethel, since they sought an answer from God. For it would be forced to say that they sent to Bethel, in order that those at Bethel should send to Jerusalem; which is not said.

    It were unnatural also that the name of the sender should not have been mentioned, when the names of persons inferior, because sent, are recorded . Bethel, in Nehemiah's time Nehemiah 11:31, was one of the chief places of Benjamin. "Two hundred twenty and three of the men of Bethel and Ai" Ezra 2:28 had returned with Zerubbabel. The answer being to "the people" of the land, such were doubtless the enquirers, not those still in Babylon. The answer shows that the question was not religious, though put as matter of religion. It is remarkable that, whereas in the case of those who brought presents from Babylon, the names express some relation to God, these names are singularly, the one of a parricide son of Sennacherib Isaiah 37:38; 2 Kings 19:37, and of one, chief among the King of Babylon's princes ; the other probably a secular name, "the king's friend".

    Osorius: "I do not see why under the name of Bethel, the city so called is not understood. For since Jerusalem was not yet fortified, the Jews chose them sites in various places, where they should be less harassed. All hatred was concentrated on that city, which the neighbors wished not to be restored to its former greatness. Other cities they did not so molest. Bethel then, that is, the assembly of the city, sent messengers to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices to God and consult the wise there."

    To entreat the face of the Lord - They wished, it seems, (so to speak) to ingratiate themselves with God with an account of their past self-humiliation, on the day when the house of God was burned by Nebuchadnezzar. In regard to God, the word is always used of entreating Him by earnest prayer .

    Wesley's Notes on Zechariah 7:2

    7:2 When they - The captives who still continued in Babylon. The house of God - The temple, which now half built began to be frequented. Regem - melech - It appears not who these were, but no doubt they were eminent in dignity and piety. Their men - The train of friends that accompanied them. To pray - To intreat the Lord for pardon of what was past, acceptance of them at present, and an answer to their enquiry.