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1“On that day there shall be a fountain opened for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

2“And on that day, says the Lord of hosts, I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, so that they shall be remembered no more; and also I will remove from the land the prophets and the unclean spirit. 3And if any one again appears as a prophet, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, ‘You shall not live, for you speak lies in the name of the Lord’; and his father and mother who bore him shall pierce him through when he prophesies. 4On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his vision when he prophesies; he will not put on a hairy mantle in order to deceive, 5but he will say, ‘I am no prophet, I am a tiller of the soil; for the land has been my possession since my youth.’ 6And if one asks him, ‘What are these wounds on your back?’ he will say, ‘The wounds I received in the house of my friends.’ ”

7“Awake, O sword, against my shepherd,

against the man who stands next to me,”

says the Lord of hosts.

“Strike the shepherd, that the sheep may be scattered;

I will turn my hand against the little ones.

8In the whole land, says the Lord,

two thirds shall be cut off and perish,

and one third shall be left alive.

9And I will put this third into the fire,

and refine them as one refines silver,

and test them as gold is tested.

They will call on my name,

and I will answer them.

I will say, ‘They are my people’;

and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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