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In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.
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.
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.
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.
And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.
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.
And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:
A rough garment — Such as the true prophets were wont to wear.
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
With which I was wounded — To recover me from ruining myself and others by imposture, see verse3.
Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.
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.
And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.
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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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Zechariah 13". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://studylight.org/
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