Zechariah 13
1 “ ‘On that day a well will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and from impurity.#Literally “for sin and for impurity” 2And then,#Literally “And it will happen” on that day,’ declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh of hosts, ‘I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and also the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness I will banish from the land. 3And then,#Literally “And it will happen” if anyone prophesies again, his father and his mother who bore him will say to him, “You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of Yahweh!” And his father and his mother who bore him will pierce him through when he prophesies. 4And then#Literally “And it will happen” on that day, each of the prophets will be ashamed because of his vision when he was prophesying, and they will not put on a cloak of hair in order to deceive, 5but he will say, “I am not a prophet; I am a tiller of the soil, for a man has acquired me since my youth.”#Other translations read “for the land has been my possession since my youth” 6And someone#Hebrew “he” shall say to him, “What are these wounds between your arms?”#Literally “between your hands”; that is, on the chest or on the back and he will say, “Those I have received#Hebrew “have been struck” in the house of the ones who love me.” ’ ”
The Sword Shall Strike the Shepherd
7“O sword, awake against my shepherd,
against the man who is my associate,”
declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh of hosts.
“Strike the shepherd,
so that the sheep#Or “flock”; the Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals) may be scattered,
and I will turn my hand against the small ones.
8And then#Literally “And it will happen” in all the land,” declares#Literally “declaration of” Yahweh,
“two thirds#Literally “a mouth of two” will be cut off and perish,
and one third will be left alive#Hebrew “left over” in it.
9And I will bring the remaining third into the fire,
and I will refine them like one refines silver,
and I will test them like one tests gold.
They#Hebrew “He” will call my name,
and I will answer them.#Hebrew “him”
I will say, ‘They#Hebrew “He” are my people,’
and they#Hebrew “he” will say, ‘Yahweh is my God.’ ”
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