Zechariah 13

In that day, a fountain opened  1
Names of idols and false prophets to be cut off  2
Wounds from my friends 4
Sword called to strike the shepherd; a third of the land will survive  7
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.1 ¶ In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.   That day Described at the beginning of the oracle zc1202. Here we see a way of cleansing from sin is to be opened blood and water from our crucified Lord jn1934.
.2  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
 3  And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
  2 - Cut off the names Earlier laws had called for the destruction of apostate children de1306-10, de1820. The curse of allowing false prophets (apparently spirit mediums) had been a problem je2309-40, ez1301-23. The time of the coming Messiah was to be free of these false prophets.
  3 -Thrust him through Part of the process of removing the false prophets. This is for one hardened in sin one who had defied the new order prohibiting false prophets.
.4  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
 5  But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
.6  And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
  5 - I am a [farmer]. Deception to avoid punishment. How could the statement about wounded hands be a prophecy about the coming Messiah jn2025? He took the penalty for the most wicked sinners lu2237. Also ps02216.
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.7 ¶ Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
 8  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
 
  7 - Smite the shepherd A prophecy about Jesus mt2631 and mt2656, jn1632.
  7 - Turn mine hand "that is, I will interpose in favor of (compare the phrase in a good sense, Isa 1:25) 'the little ones,' namely, the humble followers of Christ from the Jewish Church, despised by the world: 'the poor of the flock' (Zec 11:7,11); comforted after His crucifixion at the resurrection (Joh 20:17-20); saved again by a special interposition from the destruction of Jerusalem, having retired to Pella when Cestius Gallus so unaccountably withdrew from Jerusalem. Ever since there has been a Jewish 'remnant' of 'the little ones ... according to the election of grace.' The hand of Jehovah was laid in wrath on the Shepherd that His hand might be turned in grace upon the little ones." (JFB)
  8 - In the land Describing the situation possible at the first coming of Christ if the people had accepted.
.9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.   Refine them ... my name The covenant would have been reestablished if the people would be purified ez3723, ho0223.
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