Internet Verse Search Commentaries Word Analysis ITL - draft

Zechariah 4:10


For who dares make light of small beginnings? These seven eyes 1  will joyfully look on the tin tablet 2  in Zerubbabel’s hand. (These are the eyes of the Lord, which constantly range across the whole earth.)


2Ch 16:9; Ezr 3:12,13; Ne 4:2-4; Job 8:7; Pr 4:18; Pr 15:3; Isa 66:11,14; Da 2:34,35; Ho 6:3; Am 7:7,8; Hag 2:3; Zec 1:10,11; Zec 3:9; Mt 13:31-33; Lu 15:5-10,32; 1Co 1:28,29; Re 5:6; Re 8:2

NET © Notes

tn Heb “these seven.” Eyes are clearly intended in the ellipsis as v. 10b shows. As in 3:9 the idea is God’s omniscience. He who knows the end from the beginning rejoices at the completion of his purposes.

tn This term is traditionally translated “plumb line” (so NASB, NIV, NLT; cf. KJV, NRSV “plummet”), but it is more likely that the Hebrew בְּדִיל (bÿdil) is to be derived not from בָּדַל (badal), “to divide,” but from a root meaning “tin.” This finds support in the ancient Near Eastern custom of placing inscriptions on tin plates in dedicatory foundation deposits.

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