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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Zechariah Chapter 13

Zechariah 13:1

zac 13:1

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.

Zechariah 13:2

zac 13:2

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.

Zechariah 13:3

zac 13:3

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.

Zechariah 13:4

zac 13:4

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

Zechariah 13:6

zac 13:6

With which I was wounded - To recover me from ruining myself and others by imposture, see Zac 13:3.

Zechariah 13:7

zac 13:7

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.

Zechariah 13:8

zac 13:8

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.

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