Zechariah 13

Zechariah 13

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1 "On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and defilement.

2 "And on that day, says the LORD Almighty, I will get rid of every trace of idol worship throughout the land, so that even the names of the idols will be forgotten. I will remove from the land all false prophets and the unclean spirits that inspire them.

3 If anyone begins prophesying again, his own father and mother will tell him, `You must die, for you have prophesied lies in the name of the LORD.' Then his own father and mother will stab him.

4 "No one will be boasting then of a prophetic gift! No one will wear prophet's clothes to try to fool the people.

5 `No,' he will say. `I'm not a prophet; I'm a farmer. The soil has been my means of livelihood from my earliest youth.'

6 And if someone asks, `Then what are those scars on your chest*?' he will say, `I was wounded at the home of friends!'1

7 "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, the man who is my partner, says the LORD Almighty. Strike down the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn against the lambs.

8 Two-thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die, says the LORD. But a third will be left in the land.

9 I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure, just as gold and silver are refined and purified by fire. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, `These are my people,' and they will say, `The LORD is our God.' "

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1: Or scars between your hands.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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