Zechariah 13:7-9

The Shepherd Struck

7 "Awake, O sword, against 1my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me," declares the LORD of hosts.2"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, 3and one third shall be left alive.
9 And 4I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. 5They will call upon my name, and 6I will answer them. 7I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"

Zechariah 13:7-9 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO ZECHARIAH 13

In this chapter are prophecies concerning the purification of the penitent Jews before spoken of; the removal of idols, and false prophets, out of the earth; the death of Christ; the destruction of the greater part of men, and the salvation of a few of them. The cleansing of such that mourn for sin, in a fountain opened for that purpose, is spoken of, Zec 13:1 the utter abolition of idols, and false prophets, and unclean spirits, is affirmed, Zec 13:2 the parents of false prophets will forbid them to prophesy; they themselves will be ashamed of their visions; they will throw off the rough garment, which was a token of their being prophets, and by which they deceived: they will confess they are no prophets, and what they are, and own the wounds they have received from their friends on that account, Zec 13:3-6 and whereas the Messiah, as pierced and crucified, is spoken of in the preceding chapter Zec 12:10, whose blood is the cleansing fountain mentioned in this, an account is given of his death; who is described by his office, the Shepherd of the Lord; and by his natures, human and divine, the Man his fellow; his death is signified by smiting with the sword, which was done by the order of the Lord; the consequences of which were the scattering of the sheep, and the turning of the hand of the Lord upon them in a way of mercy, Zec 13:7 and then it is declared that two parts in three of the land should be cut off, and a third part saved, but yet so as by fire, whom the Lord would own as his people, and they should acknowledge him to be their God, Zec 13:8,9.

Zechariah 13:7-9 In-Context

5 but he will say, 'I am no prophet, I am a worker of the soil, for a man sold me in my youth.'
6 And if one asks him, 'What are these wounds on your back?' he will say, 'The wounds I received in the house of my friends.'
7 "Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who stands next to me," declares the LORD of hosts."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, and one third shall be left alive.
9 And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'They are my people'; and they will say, 'The LORD is my God.'"

Cross References 7

  • 1. [Isaiah 40:11; Hebrews 13:20]
  • 2. [Matthew 26:31; Mark 14:27]
  • 3. [Zechariah 14:2]
  • 4. Psalms 66:10, 12; Isaiah 48:10; Malachi 3:2, 3; 1 Peter 1:7
  • 5. [Psalms 50:15]
  • 6. Zechariah 10:6
  • 7. Zechariah 8:8; See Ezekiel 11:20