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Zechariah 6:3 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— and in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grizzled strong horses.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— with the third chariot white horses, and with the fourth chariot strong dappled horses.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grizzled and bay horses.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— and in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled, strong horses.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— and, in the third chariot, white horses,—and, in the fourth chariot, horses spotted, deep red.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— and in the third chariot white horses, and in the fourth chariot strong grisled horses.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And in the third chariot white horses, and in the fourth chariot grisled horses, and strong ones.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— And in the third charet white horses, and in the fourth charet grisled [and] bay horses.
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— and in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot piebald [and] ash-coloured horses.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled and bay horses.

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
And in the third 7992
{7992} Prime
שְׁלִישִׁי
sh@liyshiy
{shel-ee-shee'}
Ordinal from H7969; third; feminine a third (part); by extension a third (day, year or time); specifically a third story cell).
chariot 4818
{4818} Prime
מֶרְכָּבָה
merkabah
{mer-kaw-baw'}
Feminine of H4817; a chariot.
white 3836
{3836} Prime
לָבָן
laban
{law-bawn'}
From H3835; white.
horses; 5483
{5483} Prime
סוּס
cuwc
{soos}
From an unused root meaning to skip (properly for joy); a horse (as leaping); also a swallow (from its rapid flight).
and in the fourth 7243
{7243} Prime
רְבִיעִי
r@biy`iy
{reb-ee-ee'}
From H7251; fourth; also (fractionally) a fourth.
chariot 4818
{4818} Prime
מֶרְכָּבָה
merkabah
{mer-kaw-baw'}
Feminine of H4817; a chariot.
grisled 1261
{1261} Prime
בָּרֹד
barod
{baw-rode'}
From H1258; spotted (as if with hail).
and bay 554
{0554} Prime
אָמֹץ
'amots
{aw-mohts'}
Probably from H0553; of a strong color, that is, red (others fleet).
horses. 5483
{5483} Prime
סוּס
cuwc
{soos}
From an unused root meaning to skip (properly for joy); a horse (as leaping); also a swallow (from its rapid flight).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Zechariah 6:3

_ _ white — implying joy and victory [Calvin].

_ _ grizzled — piebald. Implying a mixed dispensation, partly prosperity, partly adversity. All four dispensations, though various in character to the Gentile nation, portended alike good to God’s people.

_ _ bay — rather, “strong” or “fleet”; so Vulgate [Gesenius]. The horses have this epithet, whose part it was to “walk to and fro through the earth” (Zechariah 6:7). However, the Septuagint and Chaldee agree with English Version in referring the Hebrew to color, not strength.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Zechariah 6:1-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Zechariah 6:3

White horses — Signifying joyful and prosperous affairs, Zechariah 1:8. Grisled — A mixt state of affairs.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Zechariah 6:3

And in the third chariot (e) white horses; and in the fourth chariot (f) spotted and bay horses.

(e) These represented their state under the Persians, who restored them to their liberty.

(f) Which signified that God would sometimes give his Church rest, and pour his plagues upon their enemies, as he did in destroying Nineveh and Babylon, and other of their enemies.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
white:

Revelation 6:2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.
Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him [was] called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
Revelation 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

grisled:

Zechariah 6:6-7 The black horses which [are] therein go forth into the north country; and the white go forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south country. ... And the bay went forth, and sought to go that they might walk to and fro through the earth: and he said, Get you hence, walk to and fro through the earth. So they walked to and fro through the earth.
Zechariah 1:8 I saw by night, and behold a man riding upon a red horse, and he stood among the myrtle trees that [were] in the bottom; and behind him [were there] red horses, speckled, and white.
Daniel 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay.
Daniel 2:40-41 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all [things]: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. ... And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay.
Revelation 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

bay:
or, strong
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Dn 2:33, 40. Zc 1:8; 6:6. Rv 6:2, 8; 19:11; 20:11.

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