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Zechariah 13

Wesley's Explanatory NotesWesley's Notes

Verse 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.

A fountain — The blood of Christ.

Opened — The spouse is to Christ a fountain sealed, but Christ is to sinners a fountain opened.

Inhabitants of Jerusalem — The inhabitants of Jerusalem are all to whom the gospel is preached.

For uncleanness — For purging away all manner of sins and uncleannesses.

Verse 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.

Cut off — I will utterly destroy idols and idolatry.

The prophets — The false prophets.

The unclean spirit — The devil who sets the false prophets to work.

Verse 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.

Prophesy — Falsely.

His father — His dearest friends.

Shall thrust him through — That is, shall wound, shall chastise him with stripes that may leave their marks behind.

Verse 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:

A rough garment — Such as the true prophets were wont to wear.

Verse 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.

With which I was wounded — To recover me from ruining myself and others by imposture, see verse3.

Verse 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.

O sword — Afflictions, persecutions, and the cross.

My shepherd — Who is my faithful shepherd, and will lay down his life for my sheep.

My fellow — This speaks Christ; man with us, and God with his father, God-man in one person.

The shepherd — This great and good shepherd.

Turn mine hand — God will turn his hand in favour, and for protection will keep the new, and weak disciples.

Verse 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.

Two parts — Not precisely two, but the greater part shall die a temporal death, by the sword of Titus, or in eternal death under unbelief.

The third — A remnant, the lesser part, shall escape or be preserved.

Bibliographical Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Zechariah 13". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/wen/zechariah-13.html. 1765.
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