Zechariah 4:3
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New International Version
Also there are two olive trees by it, one on the right of the bowl and the other on its left."

King James Bible
And two olive trees by it, one upon the right side of the bowl, and the other upon the left side thereof.

Darby Bible Translation
and two olive-trees beside it, one on the right of the bowl, and the other on the left of it.

World English Bible
and two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl, and the other on the left side of it."

Young's Literal Translation
and two olive-trees are by it, one on the right of the bowl, and one on its left.'

Zechariah 4:3 Parallel
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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

A candlestick all of gold - This candlestick is formed in some measure after that of the sanctuary, Exodus 25:31, Exodus 25:32 : but in that of the sanctuary there was no bowl, nor seven pipes, nor seven lamps, nor the two olive trees. The two olive trees were to supply the bowl with oil; the bowl was to communicate the oil to the seven pipes; and the seven pipes were to supply the seven lamps. In general, the candlestick, its bowl, pipes, lamps, and olive trees, are emblems of the pure service of God, and the grace and salvation to be enjoyed by his true worshippers. The candlestick may, however, represent the whole Jewish state, ecclesiastical and civil; the oil, producing the light, the grace and mercy of God; and the two olive trees, the source of infinite love, whence that grace proceeds. The pipes may signify all means of grace; and the seven lamps, the perfection and abundance of the light and salvation provided. Some may take them in the following way: -

1. The olive trees, the Divine goodness, yield the oil from the olive berry, which is its fruit.

2. From each comes a pipe to convey the oil to the bowl.

3. This oil is collected in the bowl, which is supposed to represent Jesus, the great Mediator, through whom alone all grace and mercy descend to man.

4. The seven pipes, the various means of grace - reading, hearing, prayer, sacraments, etc. - through which Christ dispenses his grace and blessing to his followers.

5. The seven lamps - the Spirit of God in its plentitude of graces, gifts, and light, dispensed to the Christian Church.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Zechariah 4:11,12,14 Then answered I, and said to him, What are these two olive trees on the right side of the candlestick and on the left side thereof...

Judges 9:9 But the olive tree said to them, Should I leave my fatness, with which by me they honor God and man...

Romans 11:17,24 And if some of the branches be broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them...

Revelation 11:4 These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Library
September 2. "Who Hath Despised the Day of Small Things" (Zech. Iv. 10).
"Who hath despised the day of small things" (Zech. iv. 10). The oak comes out of the acorn, the eagle out of that little egg in the nest, the harvest comes out of the seed; and so the glory of the coming age is all coming out of the Christ life now, even as the majesty of His kingdom was all wrapped up that night in the babe of Bethlehem. Oh, let us take Him for all our life. Let us be united to His person and His risen body. Let us know what it is to say, "The Lord is for the body and the body is
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Independence of Christianity
Now, as this is true in the general of the great acts of God, this is equally true in the minutiae of them. It is true that God has a church, that that church has been redeemed and will be preserved for his glory, and it is equally true that everything that is done to the church, in the church, or for the church either with the permission or by the power of God, is for God's glory, as well as for the church's weal. You will notice, in reading Scripture, that whenever God has blessed the church, he
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 3: 1857

Jesus Calls Four Fishermen to Follow Him.
(Sea of Galilee, Near Capernaum.) ^A Matt. IV. 18-22; ^B Mark I. 16-20; ^C Luke V. 1-11. ^a 18 And walking ^b 16 And passing along by the sea of Galilee [This lake is a pear-shaped body of water, about twelve and a half miles long and about seven miles across at its widest place. It is 682 feet below sea level; its waters are fresh, clear and abounding in fish, and it is surrounded by hills and mountains, which rise from 600 to 1,000 feet above it. Its greatest depth is about 165 feet], he [Jesus]
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Snares of Satan
The great controversy between Christ and Satan, that has been carried forward for nearly six thousand years, is soon to close; and the wicked one redoubles his efforts to defeat the work of Christ in man's behalf and to fasten souls in his snares. To hold the people in darkness and impenitence till the Saviour's mediation is ended, and there is no longer a sacrifice for sin, is the object which he seeks to accomplish. When there is no special effort made to resist his power, when indifference prevails
Ellen Gould White—The Great Controversy

Cross References
Revelation 11:4
They are "the two olive trees" and the two lampstands, and "they stand before the Lord of the earth."

Ecclesiastes 12:6
Remember him--before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well,

Zechariah 4:11
Then I asked the angel, "What are these two olive trees on the right and the left of the lampstand?"

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