God’s People Cleansed
1“On that day a fountain # Ps 36:9; 68:26; Pr 14:27; Jr 2:13; 17:13 will be opened for the house of David and for the residents of Jerusalem, to wash away sin and impurity. # Zch 3:1-10 2On that day” — this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts — “I will erase the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered. # Ex 17:14; Dt 12:3; 25:19; 29:20; 32:26; Ps 34:16; 109:15 I will remove the prophets # = false prophets and the unclean spirit from the land. 3If a man still prophesies, his father and his mother who bore him will say to him: You cannot remain alive because you have spoken falsely in the name of Yahweh. When he prophesies, his father and his mother who bore him will pierce him through. # Dt 13:5; 18:20; Jr 14:14-15; 23:14-16,30-31; 27:15-16; Ezk 13:2-4,9,16; Mc 3:5-6,11 4On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not put on a hairy cloak # 1Kg 19:13,19; 2Kg 2:8 in order to deceive. 5He will say: I am not a prophet; I work the land, for a man purchased # Or sold me as a servant since my youth. # Am 7:14 6If someone asks him: What are these wounds # 1Kg 18:28 on your chest? # Lit wounds between your hands — then he will answer: I received the wounds in the house of my friends.
7Sword, awake against My shepherd,
against the man who is My associate —
this is the declaration of the Lord of Hosts.
Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered; # Mt 26:31; Mk 14:27
I will also turn My hand against the little ones.
8In the whole land —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
two-thirds # Lit two-thirds in it will be cut off and die,
but a third will be left in it.
9I will put this third through the fire;
I will refine them as silver is refined
and test them as gold is tested. # Ps 66:10; Pr 17:3; Is 48:10; Mal 3:3
They will call on My name,
and I will answer them. # Ps 20:9; 27:7; 86:7; 102:2; Pr 1:28; Is 58:9; 65:24; Jr 33:3
I will say: They are My people,
and they will say: Yahweh is our God.” # Ex 6:7; Lv 26:12; Jr 7:23; 11:4; 24:7; 30:22; 31:1,33; 32:38; Ezk 11:20; 14:11; 36:28; 37:23,27; Zch 8:8; 2Co 6:16; Heb 8:10