Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
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George Leo Haydock
Two sons of oil. That is, the two anointed ones of the Lord; viz., Jesus, the high priest, and Zorobabel, the prince. (Challoner)
The Hebrews have hot many adjectives. Thus they say, the son of perdition, for a lost son. Septuagint, "sons of fatness. "Aquila and Theodotion, "of splendour "two illustrious personages. (Haydock)
One was head in religious, the other in civil matters. (Calmet)
Both were appointed by God, and co-operated for the welfare of the people, as the church and state ought to act for the common good, and assist each other. (Haydock)
Jesus and Zorobabel were to repair the damages done by the Chaldeans. They were assisted by the seven administering spirits, Hebrews i. 14. (Calmet)
“These are the two candlesticks standing before the Lord of the earth.” These two candlesticks and two olive trees he has to this end spoken of, admonished you that if, when you have read of them elsewhere, you have not understood, you may understand here. For in Zechariah, one of the twelve prophets, it is thus written: “These are the two olive trees and two candlesticks which stand in the presence of the Lord of the earth”; that is, they are in paradise. Also, in another sense, standing in the presence of the Lord of the earth, that is, in the presence of the antichrist. Therefore they must be slain by antichrist.