Zechariah 13:5

5 Each will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.[a]

Zechariah 13:5 in Other Translations

5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
5 but he will say, 'I am no prophet, I am a worker of the soil, for a man sold me in my youth.'
5 He will say, ‘I’m no prophet; I’m a farmer. I began working for a farmer as a boy.’
5 But they'll deny they've even heard of such things: 'Me, a prophet? Not me. I'm a farmer - grew up on the farm.'
5 He will say: I am not a prophet; I am a tiller of the soil, for a man purchased me as a servant since my youth.

Zechariah 13:5 Meaning and Commentary

Zechariah 13:5

But he shall say, I [am] no prophet
That he is not of the Romish clergy, or of any of their religious orders, having laid aside his habit: I [am] an husbandman;
he shall put on the habit of a husbandman, and work for his bread; for he will not be able to support himself, as before, with the sale of pardons and indulgences, and by praying souls out of purgatory; for no man hereafter will buy of his merchandise, ( Revelation 18:11 ) and he will be ashamed of his former calling and traffic, and will not own that he was ever concerned therein; but will affirm that he was never of the Romish clergy, but always a layman, and employed in husbandry: for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth;
he will say he was brought up to husbandry, or in some mechanic business, from his youth, and never was in any convent or monastery, or of any religious order: it may be rendered, "for man made me to work from my youth" F21; and is not to be restrained to keeping cattle, or any particular employment.


F21 (ynnqh) "fecerunt me operari", Noldius; "homo operari fecit me", De Dieu, Burkius.

Zechariah 13:5 In-Context

3 And if anyone still prophesies, their father and mother, to whom they were born, will say to them, ‘You must die, because you have told lies in the LORD’s name.’ Then their own parents will stab the one who prophesies.
4 “On that day every prophet will be ashamed of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet’s garment of hair in order to deceive.
5 Each will say, ‘I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth. ’
6 If someone asks, ‘What are these wounds on your body ?’ they will answer, ‘The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.’
7 “Awake, sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me!” declares the LORD Almighty. “Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.

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Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "farmer; a man sold me in my youth"
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