Zechariah 6:8
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New International Version
Then he called to me, "Look, those going toward the north country have given my Spirit rest in the land of the north."

King James Bible
Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold, these that go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.

Darby Bible Translation
And he cried unto me, and spoke unto me, saying, See, these that go forth towards the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country.

World English Bible
Then he called to me, and spoke to me, saying, "Behold, those who go toward the north country have quieted my spirit in the north country."

Young's Literal Translation
And he calleth me, and speaketh unto me, saying, 'See, those coming forth unto the land of the north have caused My Spirit to rest in the land of the north.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Have quieted my spirit in the north country - They have fulfilled my judgments on Assyria and Chaldea. Nabopolassar and Cyrus first, against the Assyrians and Chaldeans; and Alexander next, against the Persians. On this vision Abp. Newcome remarks: -

The black horses seem to denote the Persian empire; which, by subduing the Chaldeans, and being about to inflict a second heavy chastisement on Babylon, quieted God's spirit with respect to Chaldea; a country always spoken of as lying to the north of the Jews.

The white horses seem to be the Macedonian empire; which, like the Persian, overcame Chaldea.

The spotted bay horses seem to be the Roman empire. This description suits it because it was governed by kings, consuls, dictators, and emperors. It penetrated southward to Egypt and Africa. The Roman empire is mentioned twice, Zechariah 6:6, Zechariah 6:7, under each epithet given it, Zechariah 6:3.

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Zechariah 1:15 And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased...

Judges 8:3 God has delivered into your hands the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison of you?...

Judges 15:7 And Samson said to them, Though you have done this, yet will I be avenged of you, and after that I will cease.

Ecclesiastes 10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against you, leave not your place; for yielding pacifies great offenses.

Isaiah 1:24 Therefore said the LORD, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of my adversaries...

Isaiah 18:3,4 All you inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see you, when he lifts up an ensign on the mountains...

Isaiah 42:13-15 The LORD shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yes, roar...

Isaiah 48:14 All you, assemble yourselves, and hear; which among them has declared these things? The LORD has loved him...

Isaiah 51:22,23 Thus said your Lord the LORD, and your God that pleads the cause of his people, Behold...

Jeremiah 51:48,49 Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing for Babylon: for the spoilers shall come to her from the north...

Ezekiel 5:13 Thus shall my anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest on them, and I will be comforted...

Ezekiel 16:42,63 So will I make my fury toward you to rest, and my jealousy shall depart from you, and I will be quiet, and will be no more angry...

Revelation 18:21,22 And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying...

The Priest of the World and King of Men
'He shall build the Temple of the Lord ... and He shall be a Priest upon His throne.'--ZECHARIAH vi. 13. A handful of feeble exiles had come back from their Captivity. 'The holy and beautiful house' where their fathers praised Him was burned with fire. There was no king among them, but they still possessed a representative of the priesthood, the other great office of divine appointment. Their first care was to rear some poor copy of the Temple; and the usual difficulties that attend reconstruction
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Allegory of Melchizedek.
HEBREWS vii. 1-28 (R.V.). "For this Melchizedek, King of Salem, priest of God Most High, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him, to whom also Abraham divided a tenth part of all (being first, by interpretation, King of righteousness, and then also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God), abideth a priest continually. Now consider
Thomas Charles Edwards—The Expositor's Bible: The Epistle to the Hebrews

Cross References
Ezekiel 5:13
"Then my anger will cease and my wrath against them will subside, and I will be avenged. And when I have spent my wrath on them, they will know that I the LORD have spoken in my zeal.

Ezekiel 16:42
Then my wrath against you will subside and my jealous anger will turn away from you; I will be calm and no longer angry.

Ezekiel 24:13
"'Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided.

Zechariah 1:15
and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they went too far with the punishment.'

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