Zechariah 1:5

5 Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever?

Read Zechariah 1:5 Using Other Translations

Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?
Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
“Where are your ancestors now? They and the prophets are long dead.

What does Zechariah 1:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Zechariah 1:5

Your fathers, where [are] they?
&c.] They are not in the land of the living; they perished by the sword of the Chaldeans, or died in captivity: and the prophets, do they live for ever?
meaning either the false prophets, as Hananiah and Shemaiah, ( Jeremiah 28:17 ) ( 29:32 ) or the true prophets of the Lord; and the words may be considered as a prevention of an objection the people might make, taken from their prophets dying in common with their fathers; and so the Targum paraphrases them, "and if you should say, the prophets, do they live for ever?" which is followed by Jarchi, and embraced by many interpreters: the answer is, it is true they died; but then their words live, and have had their full accomplishment.

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