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Zechariah 13:8


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 


De 28:49-68; Isa 6:13; Isa 65:12-15; Isa 66:4-6,24; Jer 30:11; Eze 5:2-4,12; Da 9:27; Joe 2:31,32; Am 9:8,9; Zec 11:6-9; Zec 14:1,2; Mal 3:1,2,5; Mal 4:1-3; Mt 3:10-12; Mt 21:43,44; Mt 22:7; Mt 23:35-37; Mt 24:21; Mt 24:22; Mr 13:20; Lu 19:41-44; Lu 20:16-18; Lu 21:20-24; Lu 23:28-30; Ro 9:27-29; Ro 11:1-5; 1Th 2:15,16; Re 8:7-12; Re 16:19

NET © Notes

tn The words “of the people” are supplied in the translation for clarity (cf. NCV, TEV, NLT).

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.

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