Zechariah 12:10-13:9

Mourning for the one they pierced

‘And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit12:10 Or the Spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on12:10 Or to me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives, the clan of the house of Levi and their wives, the clan of Shimei and their wives, and all the rest of the clans and their wives.

Cleansing from sin

‘On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity.

‘On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land. 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.

‘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. Each will say, “I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth.13:5 Or farmer; a man sold me in my youthIf someone asks, “What are these wounds on your body13:6 Or wounds between your hands?” they will answer, “The wounds I was given at the house of my friends.”

The shepherd struck, the sheep scattered

‘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.

In the whole land,’ declares the Lord,

‘two-thirds will be struck down and perish;

yet one-third will be left in it.

This third I will put into the fire;

I will refine them like silver

and test them like gold.

They will call on my name

and I will answer them;

I will say, “They are my people,”

and they will say, “The Lord is our God.” ’

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