posted on Mar, 23 2010 @ 06:32 PM
I can't find the exact verse (I think you need to double-check the reference), but the gist of it works out like this;
These words were given in the period when the Jews had returned to Judah after the Babylonian exile. God is angry with the nations which have been
"despoiling" his people. He is angry because his people are his favourites- "the apple of his eye".
I think this refers to the Babylonians themselves, and also to the various nations, like the Edomites and Ammonites, who had been having a field-day
attacking the helpless Jews who remained behind. God is going to punish these enemy nations; they, in turn, will be despoiled "by their own
servants", they will be destroyed. In Zechariah's time, the Babylonian empire had already been destroyed.
I assume that the "shaking hand" is either "shaking the fist at", or the image that he is holding something destructive in his hand that he is
going to pour over them. I would want to check another translation, if I could find the right verse. I hope that helps.