It will happen in all the land, says the Lord, that two-thirds of the people 1 in it will be cut off and die, but one-third will be left in it. 2
In the whole land," declares the LORD, "two-thirds will be struck down and perish; yet one-third will be left in it.
"It will come about in all the land," Declares the LORD, "That two parts in it will be cut off and perish; But the third will be left in it.
Two–thirds of the people in the land will be cut off and die, says the LORD. But a third will be left in the land.
All across the country"--GOD's Decree--"two-thirds will be devastated and one-third survive.
And it will come about that in all the land, says the Lord, two parts of it will be cut off and come to an end; but the third will be still living there.
In the whole land, says the LORD, two-thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one-third shall be left alive.
And it shall come to pass in all the land," Says the LORD, " That two–thirds in it shall be cut off and die, But one –third shall be left in it:
And it shall come to pass, [that] in all the land
therein shall be cut off
but the third
shall be left
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It will happen
, that two-thirds
of the people
in it will be cut off
, but one-third
will be leftin it.
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1 tn The words “of the people” are supplied in the translation for clarity (cf. NCV, TEV, NLT).
2 sn The fractions mentioned here call to mind the affliction of God’s people described by Ezekiel, though Ezekiel referred to his own times whereas Zechariah is looking forward to a future eschatological age. Ezekiel spoke of cutting his hair at God’s command (Ezek 5:1-4) and then of burning a third of it, striking a third with a sword, and scattering the rest. From this last third a few hairs would survive to become the nucleus of a new Israel. It is this “third” Zechariah speaks of (v. 9), the remnant who will be purified and reclaimed as God’s covenant people.