Zec 13:1
13:1 In that day there {a} shall be a fountain opened to the
     house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin
     and for uncleanness.

     (a) He shows what will be the fruit of their repentance,
         that is, remission of sins by the blood of Christ,
         which will be a continual running fountain, and purge
         them from all uncleanness.

Zec 13:2
13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of
     hosts, [that] I will cut off the {b} names of the idols out
     of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also
     I will cause the {c} prophets and the unclean spirit to
     pass out of the land.

     (b) He promises that God will also purge them from all
         superstition, and that their religion will be pure.
     (c) Meaning, the false prophets and teachers, who are the
         corrupters of all religion, whom the Prophet here calls
         unclean spirits.

Zec 13:3
13:3 And it shall come to pass, [that] when any shall yet {d}
     prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him
     shall say to him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest
     lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother
     that begat him {e} shall thrust him through when he

     (d) That is, when they will prophesy lies, and make God,
         who is the author of truth, a cloak for them.
     (e) He shows what zeal the godly will have under the
         kingdom of Christ; @De 13:6,9.

Zec 13:4
13:4 And it shall come to pass in that day, [that] the prophets
     shall {f} be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath
     prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to

     (f) God will make them ashamed of their errors and lies,
         and bring them to repentance, and they will no more
         wear prophet's apparel to make their doctrine seem more

Zec 13:5
13:5 But he shall say, I [am] no {g} prophet, I [am] a farmer;
     for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.

     (g) They will confess their former ignorance, and be
         content to labour for their living.

Zec 13:6
13:6 And [one] shall say to him, What [are] these {h} wounds in
     thy hands?  Then he shall answer, [Those] with which I was
     wounded [in] the house of my friends.

     (h) By this he shows that though their parents and friends
         dealt more gently with them, and did not put them to
         death, yet they would so punish their children that
         became false prophets, that the marks and signs would
         remain forever.

Zec 13:7
13:7 Awake, O sword, against my {i} 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
     my hand upon the little ones.

     (i) The Prophet warns the Jews, that before this great
         comfort under Christ would come, there would be a
         horrible dissipation among the people: for their
         governors and pastors would be destroyed, and the
         people would be as scattered sheep.  And the evangelist
         applies this to Christ, because he was the head of all
         pastors; @Mt 26:31.

Zec 13:8
13:8 And it shall come to pass, [that] in all the land, saith
     the LORD, {k} two parts in it shall be cut off [and] die;
     but the third shall be left in it.

     (k) The greatest part will have no portion of these
         blessings, and yet they that will enjoy them will be
         tried with great afflictions, so that is will be known
         that only God's power and his mercies preserve them.

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