Zechariah 13

The Book of Zechariah
Chapter 13

Chapter Overview:

A promise of pardon, of reformation, and of the conviction and silencing of false prophets, ver. 1 - 6.
A clear prediction of the sufferings of Christ, the destruction of the Jews, and the purifying of a remnant, ver. 7 - 9.
13:1A fountain - The blood of Christ. Opened - The spouse is to Christ a fountain sealed, but Christ is to sinners a fountain opened.Inhabitants of Jerusalem - The inhabitants of Jerusalem are all to whom the gospel is preached. For uncleanness - For purging away all manner of sins and uncleannesses.
13:2Cut off - I will utterly destroy idols and idolatry.The prophets - The false prophets.The unclean spirit - The devil who sets the false prophets to work.
13:3Prophesy - Falsely. His father - His dearest friends.Shall thrust him through - That is, shall wound, shall chastise him with stripes that may leave their marks behind.
13:4A rough garment - Such as the true prophets were wont to wear.
13:6With which I was wounded - To recover me from ruining myself and others by imposture, see ver. 3 .
13:7O sword - Afflictions, persecutions, and the cross.My shepherd - Who is my faithful shepherd, and will lay down his life for my sheep. My fellow - This speaks Christ; man with us, and God with his father, God - man in one person. The shepherd - This great and good shepherd. Turn mine hand - God will turn his hand in favour, and for protection will keep the new, and weak disciples.
13:8Two parts - Not precisely two, but the greater part shall die a temporal death, by the sword of Titus, or in eternal death under unbelief. The third - A remnant, the lesser part, shall escape or be preserved.