Zechariah Chapter 13 |
1In that day a fountain shall be open to the House of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem for purging and cleansing.
2In that day, too—declares the Lord of Hosts—I will erase the very names of the idols from the land; they shall not be uttered any more. And I will also make the “prophets” and the unclean spirit vanish from the land. 3If anyone “prophesies” thereafter, his own father and mother, who brought him into the world, will say to him, “You shall die, for you have lied in the name of the Lord“; and his own father and mother, who brought him into the world, will put him to death when he “prophesies.” 4In that day, every “prophet” will be ashamed of the “visions” [he had] when he “prophesied.” In order to deceive, he will not wear a hairy mantle, 5and he will declare, “I am not a ‘prophet’; I am a tiller of the soil; you see, I was plied with the red stuff from my youth on.” 6And if he is asked, “What are those sores on your back?” he will reply, “From being beaten in the homes of my friends.”
Rouse yourself against My shepherd,
The man in charge of My flock
—says the Lord of Hosts.
Strike down the shepherd
And let the flock scatter;
And I will also turn My hand
Against all the shepherd boys.
8Throughout the land
—declares the Lord—
Two-thirds shall perish, shall die,
And one-third of it shall survive.
9That third I will put into the fire,
And I will smelt them as one smelts silver
And test them as one tests gold.
They will invoke Me by name,
And I will respond to them.
I will declare, “You are My people,”
And they will declare,
“The Lord is our God!”