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The Sword Shall Strike the Shepherd

“O sword, awake against my shepherd,
    against the man who is my associate,”
        declares[a] Yahweh of hosts.
“Strike the shepherd,
    so that the sheep[b] may be scattered,
    and I will turn my hand against the small ones.
And then[c] in all the land,” declares[d] Yahweh,
    two thirds[e] will be cut off and perish,
    and one third will be left alive[f] 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[g] will call my name,
    and I will answer them.[h]
I will say, ‘They[i] are my people,’
    and they[j] will say, ‘Yahweh is my God.’”

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  1. Zechariah 13:7 Literally “declaration of”
  2. Zechariah 13:7 Or “flock”; the Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals)
  3. Zechariah 13:8 Literally “And it will happen”
  4. Zechariah 13:8 Literally “declaration of”
  5. Zechariah 13:8 Literally “a mouth of two”
  6. Zechariah 13:8 Hebrew “left over”
  7. Zechariah 13:9 Hebrew “He”
  8. Zechariah 13:9 Hebrew “him”
  9. Zechariah 13:9 Hebrew “He”
  10. Zechariah 13:9 Hebrew “he”