Zechariah 10: Latter-day Promises

Old Testament Seminary Student Study Guide, (2002), 191–192


The people of Israel and Judah were scattered because of their disobedience to the Lord’s commandments. Zechariah 10 tells us what the Lord promised to do for them in the last days. Look for these as you read.

Understanding the Scriptures

Zechariah 10

Latter rain (v. 1)Spring rains that were needed to ripen the wheat crop 
Idols, diviners, they comfort in vain (v. 2)False gods and false prophets cannot bless people or make them happy 
Made them as his goodly horse in the battle (v. 3)Made them as the horse ridden by the leader (usually the best horse) 
The corner, the nail, the battle bow (v. 4)References to the Savior. This prophecy indicates that the most important one in Israel will come out of the tribe of Judah. (You may want to write “Jesus Christ will come from the tribe of Judah” in the margin of your scriptures next to this verse.) 
Mire (v. 5)Mud 
Confounded (v. 5)Defeated 
Hiss for them (v. 8)Call for them 
Redeemed (v. 8)Saved, bought from captivity or slavery 
Sow (v. 9)Scatter 
Place shall not be found (v. 10)There will not be enough room. 
He shall pass through the sea with affliction (v. 11)Ephraim will return through much trouble. 
Smite the waves in the sea, deeps of the river shall dry up (v. 11)Phrases indicating that God will make it easier for his people to gather 
Walk up and down in his name (v. 12)Obey God’s commandments in all they do 

Studying the Scriptures

Do activity A as you study Zechariah 10.

Activity A iconThe Gathering of Israel

The gathering of Israel is both spiritual and physical. People are gathered first spiritually when they are converted to the gospel and leave worldliness behind. The Saints will also be gathered physically to their lands of promise when the prophets tell them to do so (see Alma 5:57; D&C 133:12–15). Read Zechariah 10:6–12; D&C 29:7–11; 101:63–68; 115:5–6 and write what you learn about the gathering of Israel and why it is so important.