Zechariah 13 (Holman Christian Standard)

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God's People Cleansed

1 "On that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the residents of Jerusalem, [to wash away] sin and impurity.a 2 On that day"-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. I will remove the prophetsb and the unclean spirit from the land. 3 If 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 the Lord. When he prophesies, his father and his mother who bore him will pierce him through.c 4 On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; they will not put on a hairy cloakd in order to deceive. 5 He will say: I am not a prophet; I am a tiller of the soil, for a man purchasede me as a servant since my youth.f 6 If someone asks him: What are these woundsg on your chest?h-then he will answer: The wounds I received in the house of my friends. 7 Sword, awake against My shepherd, against the man who is My associate- the declaration of the Lord of Hosts. Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered;i I will also turn My hand against the little ones. 8 In the whole land- the Lord's declaration- two-thirdsj will be cut off and die, but a third will be left in it. 9 I will put this third through the fire; I will refine them as silver is refined and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say: They are My people, and they will say: The Lord is our God."
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