Zechariah 13
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1  In that day a fountain shall be open to the House of David and the inhabitants of Yerushalayim for purging and cleansing.

ba-YOM ha-HU yih-YEH ma-KOR nif-TAKH l’-VAYT da-VEED ul-yo-sh’-VAY y’-ru-sha-LA-im l’-kha-TAT ul-ni-DAH

א  בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יִהְיֶה מָקוֹר נִפְתָּח לְבֵית דָּוִיד וּלְיֹשְׁבֵי יְרוּשָׁלִָם לְחַטַּאת וּלְנִדָּה׃

13:1  In that day a fountain shall be open

This chapter describes the upcoming purification of Yehuda and Yisrael, as the impure spirit is removed from the land. The purification will take place in Yerushalayim through the waters of a fountain that will gush up from the earth and stream over the countryside, purifying the people and the land. Although it is not explicitly named as such, perhaps the source of this fountain is Jerusalem’s Gichon spring where Shlomo was anointed (I Kings 1:38-39) and which provided drinking water as well as irrigation for the gardens in the nearby Kidron valley, where Jerusalem’s inhabitants obtained their food. The Gichon spring was also one of the rivers that flowed from the Garden of Eden mentioned in Sefer Bereishit (2:13).1 comment

2  In that day, too—declares God of Hosts—I will erase the very names of the idols from the land; they shall not be uttered any more. And I will also make the “Neviim” and the unclean spirit vanish from the land.

ב  וְהָיָה בַיּוֹם הַהוּא נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת אַכְרִית אֶת־שְׁמוֹת הָעֲצַבִּים מִן־הָאָרֶץ וְלֹא יִזָּכְרוּ עוֹד וְגַם אֶת־הַנְּבִיאִים וְאֶת־רוּחַ הַטֻּמְאָה אַעֲבִיר מִן־הָאָרֶץ׃

3  If anyone “prophesies” thereafter, his own father and mother, who brought him into the world, will say to him, “You shall die, for you have lied in the name of Hashem”; and his own father and mother, who brought him into the world, will put him to death when he “prophesies.”

ג  וְהָיָה כִּי־יִנָּבֵא אִישׁ עוֹד וְאָמְרוּ אֵלָיו אָבִיו וְאִמּוֹ יֹלְדָיו לֹא תִחְיֶה כִּי שֶׁקֶר דִּבַּרְתָּ בְּשֵׁם יְהוָה וּדְקָרֻהוּ אָבִיהוּ וְאִמּוֹ יֹלְדָיו בְּהִנָּבְאוֹ׃

4  In that day, every “navi” will be ashamed of the “visions” [he had] when he “prophesied.” In order to deceive, he will not wear a hairy mantle,

ד  וְהָיָה בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא יֵבֹשׁוּ הַנְּבִיאִים אִישׁ מֵחֶזְיֹנוֹ בְּהִנָּבְאֹתוֹ וְלֹא יִלְבְּשׁוּ אַדֶּרֶת שֵׂעָר לְמַעַן כַּחֵשׁ׃

5  and he will declare, “I am not a ‘navi’; I am a tiller of the soil; you see, I was plied with the red stuff from my youth on.”

ה  וְאָמַר לֹא נָבִיא אָנֹכִי אִישׁ־עֹבֵד אֲדָמָה אָנֹכִי כִּי אָדָם הִקְנַנִי מִנְּעוּרָי׃

6  And if he is asked, “What are those sores on your back?” he will reply, “From being beaten in the homes of my friends.”

ו  וְאָמַר אֵלָיו מָה הַמַּכּוֹת הָאֵלֶּה בֵּין יָדֶיךָ וְאָמַר אֲשֶׁר הֻכֵּיתִי בֵּית מְאַהֲבָי׃

7  O sword! Rouse yourself against My shepherd, The man in charge of My flock —says God of Hosts. Strike down the shepherd And let the flock scatter; And I will also turn My hand Against all the shepherd boys.

ז  חֶרֶב עוּרִי עַל־רֹעִי וְעַל־גֶּבֶר עֲמִיתִי נְאֻם יְהוָה צְבָאוֹת הַךְ אֶת־הָרֹעֶה וּתְפוּצֶיןָ הַצֹּאן וַהֲשִׁבֹתִי יָדִי עַל־הַצֹּעֲרִים׃

8  Throughout the land —declares Hashem— Two-thirds shall perish, shall die, And one-third of it shall survive.

ח  וְהָיָה בְכָל־הָאָרֶץ נְאֻם־יְהוָה פִּי־שְׁנַיִם בָּהּ יִכָּרְתוּ יִגְוָעוּ וְהַשְּׁלִשִׁית יִוָּתֶר בָּהּ׃

9  That third I will put into the fire, And I will smelt them as one smelts silver And test them as one tests gold. They will invoke Me by name, And I will respond to them. I will declare, “You are My people,” And they will declare, “Hashem is our God!”

 

ט  וְהֵבֵאתִי אֶת־הַשְּׁלִשִׁית בָּאֵשׁ וּצְרַפְתִּים כִּצְרֹף אֶת־הַכֶּסֶף וּבְחַנְתִּים כִּבְחֹן אֶת־הַזָּהָב הוּא יִקְרָא בִשְׁמִי וַאֲנִי אֶעֱנֶה אֹתוֹ אָמַרְתִּי עַמִּי הוּא וְהוּא יֹאמַר יְהוָה אֱלֹהָי׃

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