2:2 “Ask the following questions to 1 Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, the high priest Joshua son of Jehozadak, 2 and the remnant of the people:
2:23 On that day,’ 3 says the Lord who rules over all, ‘I will take you, Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, my servant,’ 4 says the Lord, ‘and I will make you like a signet ring, 5 for I have chosen you,’ says the Lord who rules over all.” 6
1 tn Heb “say to”; NAB “Tell this to.”
5 sn The noun signet ring, used also to describe Jehoiachin (Jer 22:24-30), refers to a ring seal worn by a king or other important person and used as his signature. Zerubbabel was a grandson of King Jehoiachin (1 Chr 3:17-19; Matt 1:12); God once pronounced that none of Jehoiachin’s immediate descendants would rule (Jer 22:24-30), but here he reverses that judgment. Zerubbabel never ascended to such a lofty position of rulership; he is rather a prototype of the Messiah who would sit on David’s throne.