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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible

Chapter 13

Chapter Overview

A promise of pardon, of reformation, and of the conviction and silencing of false prophets, verse 1-6.
A clear prediction of the sufferings of Christ, the destruction of the Jews, and the purifying of a remnant, verse 7-9.

Verse 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.

Verse 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.

Verse 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.

Verse 4
A rough garment - Such as the true prophets were wont to wear.

Verse 6
With which I was wounded - To recover me from ruining myself and others by imposture, see verse 3.

Verse 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.

Verse 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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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Zechariah 13". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=zec&chapter=013>. 1765.