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13 “‘On that day a well will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and from impurity.[a] And then,[b] on that day,’ declares[c] Yahweh of hosts, ‘I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they will no longer be remembered; and also the prophets and the spirit of uncleanness I will banish from the land. And then,[d] if anyone prophesies again, his father and his mother who bore him will say to him, “You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of Yahweh!” And his father and his mother who bore him will pierce him through when he prophesies. And then[e] on that day, each of the prophets will be ashamed because of his vision when he was prophesying, and they will not put on a cloak of hair in order to deceive, but he will say, “I am not a prophet; I am a tiller of the soil, for a man has acquired me since my youth.”[f] And someone[g] shall say to him, “What are these wounds between your arms?”[h] and he will say, “Those I have received[i] in the house of the ones who love me.”’”

The Sword Shall Strike the Shepherd

“O sword, awake against my shepherd,
    against the man who is my associate,”
        declares[j] Yahweh of hosts.
“Strike the shepherd,
    so that the sheep[k] may be scattered,
    and I will turn my hand against the small ones.
And then[l] in all the land,” declares[m] Yahweh,
    two thirds[n] will be cut off and perish,
    and one third will be left alive[o] in it.
And I will bring the remaining third into the fire,
    and I will refine them like one refines silver,
    and I will test them like one tests gold.
They[p] will call my name,
    and I will answer them.[q]
I will say, ‘They[r] are my people,’
    and they[s] will say, ‘Yahweh is my God.’”


  1. Zechariah 13:1 Literally “for sin and for impurity”
  2. Zechariah 13:2 Literally “And it will happen”
  3. Zechariah 13:2 Literally “declaration of”
  4. Zechariah 13:3 Literally “And it will happen”
  5. Zechariah 13:4 Literally “And it will happen”
  6. Zechariah 13:5 Other translations read “for the land has been my possession since my youth”
  7. Zechariah 13:6 Hebrew “he”
  8. Zechariah 13:6 Literally “between your hands”; that is, on the chest or on the back
  9. Zechariah 13:6 Hebrew “have been struck”
  10. Zechariah 13:7 Literally “declaration of”
  11. Zechariah 13:7 Or “flock”; the Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals)
  12. Zechariah 13:8 Literally “And it will happen”
  13. Zechariah 13:8 Literally “declaration of”
  14. Zechariah 13:8 Literally “a mouth of two”
  15. Zechariah 13:8 Hebrew “left over”
  16. Zechariah 13:9 Hebrew “He”
  17. Zechariah 13:9 Hebrew “him”
  18. Zechariah 13:9 Hebrew “He”
  19. Zechariah 13:9 Hebrew “he”