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Zechariah 13:1-9

13  There will be on that day a fountain opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for pollution. 2*  And on that day, quoth Jehovah, I will abolish the names of the idols out of the country, and they will not be mentioned anymore; and the prophets too, and the tainting spirit, I will have pass away from the country. 3  And when a man does still prophesy, his father and mother who gave him birth will say to him “You shall not live, because you have spoken falsehood in Jehovah’s name,” and his father and mother who gave him birth will stab him to death for his prophesying. 4**  And on that day the prophets will be ashamed of their visions when they prophesy, and will not wear a hairy mantle with lying intent; 5*  and one will say “I am not a prophet, I am a man that works the soil, because the soil has been my living from my boyhood”; 6  and one will say to him “What are these wounds between your hands?” and he will say “What I got in my lovers’ house.” 7**  Sword, wake against my shepherd and against a man my neighbor! quoth Jehovah of Armies. Strike the shepherd and the sheep will scatter—and I will bring my hand back against the smallest. 8  And in all the country, quoth Jehovah, two parts will be swept away, will perish, and a third will be left in it; 9  and I will bring the third into the fire and smelt them like smelting silver and assay them like assaying gold. It will call on my name, and I will answer it and say “It is my people,” and it will say “Jehovah is my God.”

Footnotes

13:2 Or remembered anymore
13:4 Lit. will each be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies
13:4 Or a hair mantle
13:5 Conj.* because men have got me bought ever since my boyhood
13:7-9 Conj. that these verses belong at the end of chapter 11
13:7 (smallest) Unc.