Zechariah 13

Him Whom They Have Pierced

1 i "On that day there shall be j a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Idolatry Cut Off

2 "And i on that day, declares the Lord of hosts, k I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that l they shall be remembered no more. And also m I will remove from the land the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness. 3 And if anyone again prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, n 'You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the Lord.' And his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies.

4 "On that day o every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies. He will not put on a hairy cloak in order to deceive, 5 but he will say, p 'I am no prophet, I am a worker of the soil, for a man sold me in my youth.' 1 6 And if one asks him, 'What are these wounds on your back?' 2 he will say, 'The wounds I received in the house of my friends.'

The Shepherd Struck

7 "Awake, O sword, against q my shepherd,
against the man who stands next to me,"
declares the Lord of hosts.
r "Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;
I will turn my hand against the little ones.
8 In the whole land, declares the Lord,
two thirds shall be cut off and perish,
s and one third shall be left alive.
9 And t I will put this third into the fire,
and refine them as one refines silver,
and test them as gold is tested.
u They will call upon my name,
and v I will answer them.
w I will say, 'They are my people';
and they will say, 'The Lord is my God.'"

  1. Cross References
    Zechariah 12:3
    On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples. All who lift it will surely hurt themselves. And all the nations of the earth will gather against it.
  2. Cross References
    Ezekiel 36:25
    I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.
  3. Cross References
    Zechariah 13:1
    On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.
  4. Cross References
    Micah 5:13
    And I will cut off your carved images and your pillars from among you, and you shall bow down no more to the work of your hands.
    Jeremiah 10:11
    Thus shall you say to them: "The gods who did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from under the heavens.
    Ezekiel 30:13
    Thus says the Lord God : "I will destroy the idols and put an end to the images in Memphis; there shall no longer be a prince from the land of Egypt; so I will put fear in the land of Egypt.
  5. Cross References
    Exodus 23:13
    Pay attention to all that I have said to you, and make no mention of the names of other gods, nor let it be heard on your lips.
  6. Cross References
    Zechariah 10:2
    For the household gods utter nonsense, and the diviners see lies; they tell false dreams and give empty consolation. Therefore the people wander like sheep; they are afflicted for lack of a shepherd.
  7. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 13:1 - 11
    If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder.
  8. Cross References
    Micah 3:7
    The seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.
  9. Cross References
    Amos 7:14
    Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, "I was no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.
  10. Cross References
    Isaiah 40:11
    He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young.
    Hebrews 13:20
    Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant.
  11. Cross References
    Matthew 26:31
    Then Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away because of me this night. For it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.
    Mark 14:27
    And Jesus said to them, "You will all fall away, for it is written, 'I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.
  12. Cross References
    Zechariah 14:2
    For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city.
  13. Cross References
    Psalms 66:10
    For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.
    Psalms 66:12
    You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
    Isaiah 48:10
    Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.
    Malachi 3:2 - 3
    But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner's fire and like fullers' soap.
    1 Peter 1:7
    So that the tested genuineness of your faith - more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire - may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
  14. Cross References
    Psalms 50:15
    And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.
  15. Cross References
    Zechariah 10:6
    I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them, for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
  16. Cross References
    Zechariah 8:8
    And I will bring them to dwell in the midst of Jerusalem. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in faithfulness and in righteousness.
    Ezekiel 11:20
    That they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.
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