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Zechariah 1:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Your fathers, where [are] they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Your fathers, where [are] they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Your fathers, where are they? and, the prophets, to times age-abiding, do they live?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Your fathers—where [are] they? And the prophets—to the age do they live?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, shall they live always?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Your fathers, where [are] they? and the Prophets, doe they liue for euer?
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Where are your fathers, and the prophets? Will they live for ever?
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Your fathers, where [are] they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Your fathers, 1
{0001} Prime
A primitive word; father in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application.
where x346
(0346) Complement
Prolonged from H0335; where?.
[are] they? x1992
(1992) Complement
Masculine plural from H1931; they (only used when emphatic).
and the prophets, 5030
{5030} Prime
From H5012; a prophet or (generally) inspired man.
do they live 2421
{2421} Prime
A prim root (compare H2331, H2424); to live, whether literally or figuratively; causatively to revive.
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
for ever? 5769
{5769} Prime
From H5956; properly concealed, that is, the vanishing point; generally time out of mind (past or future), that is, (practically) eternity; frequentative adverbially (especially with prepositional prefix) always.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Zechariah 1:5

_ _ Your fathers ... and the prophets, do they live for ever? — In contrast to “My words” (Zechariah 1:6), which “endure for ever” (1 Peter 1:25). “Your fathers have perished, as was foretold; and their fate ought to warn you. But you may say, The prophets too are dead. I grant it, but still My words do not die: though dead, their prophetical words from Me, fulfilled against your fathers, are not dead with them. Beware, then, lest ye share their fate.”

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Zechariah 1:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Zechariah 1:5

Where are they — But where are your disobedient fathers? Were they not consumed with famine and sword, as I threatened them? Do they live — The prophets died as others; they must not live always to warn you.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Zechariah 1:5

Your fathers, where (e) [are] they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

(e) Though your fathers are dead, yet God's judgments in punishing them ought still to be before your eyes: and though the prophets are dead, yet their doctrine remains for ever; (2 Peter 1:15).

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance

Job 14:10-12 But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where [is] he? ... So man lieth down, and riseth not: till the heavens [be] no more, they shall not awake, nor be raised out of their sleep.
Psalms 90:10 The days of our years [are] threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength [they be] fourscore years, yet [is] their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
Ecclesiastes 1:4 [One] generation passeth away, and [another] generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, [are] in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred [by] all [that is] before them. ... This [is] an evil among all [things] that are done under the sun, that [there is] one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness [is] in their heart while they live, and after that [they go] to the dead.
Ecclesiastes 12:5 Also [when] they shall be afraid of [that which is] high, and fears [shall be] in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:
Hebrews 7:23-24 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death: ... But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
2 Peter 3:2-4 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: ... And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.
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Jb 14:10. Ps 90:10. Ec 1:4; 9:1; 12:5, 7. Ac 13:36. He 7:23; 9:27. 2P 3:2.

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