Zechariah 13:6 – “Wounds Suffered at House of my Friends”

Introduction

For those who look for correlations between the Old and New Testament, the Book of Zechariah is noted for containing several Messianic references.

Among those references is our Title verse.

And, that verse reads:

And one shall say unto him, “What are these wounds in thy hands?” Then he shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”
( Zechariah 13:6 )

 

In this post, we will place a very tiny light on how various groups dissect that single verse and how it can mean different things when seen alone compared to how the first half a dozen verses are parsed.

 

Dissect

On its own

Let us look just at Verse 6, on its own.

Verse 6

And one shall say unto him, “What are these wounds in thy hands?” Then he shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

When Zechariah 13:6 is examined at a verse level it can be seen at pointing to Jesus.

The wounds on his hands can be traced to his episodic encounter at the cross.

 

Verses : Zechariah 13:1-6

King James Version ( KJV )

1. “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.

2. And it shall come to pass “in that day,” saith ETERNAL 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 [false] prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.

3. And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begot him shall say unto him, Thou shall not live; for thou speakest lies in the Name of ETERNAL: and his father and his mother that begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

4. And it shall come to pass “in that day,” that the [false] prophets shall be ashamed every one of his visions, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:

5. But he shall say, “I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.”

6. And one shall say unto him, “What are these wounds in thy hands?” Then he shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

Verse 1

“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.

Verse 1 contain a couple of key words and those are:

Fountain
  1. Fountain can mean water, spring, or baptismal
House of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem
  1. Can mean the Southern Kingdom?
    • Each of the prophets prophesied to the entire Jewish race or to a specific Kingdom, Northern or Southern
    • Post Solomonic Kingdom
      • Northern Kingdom
        • Break away tribes
        • The 10 Tribes left and became known as the Northern Kingdom
      • Southern Kingdom
        • The tribes left are Judah, Simeon, Benjamin, Levi
        • Jerusalem happens to be part of the Tribe of Judah

 

Sin and Uncleanness
  1. Sin means just that
  2. Uncleanness
    • Idolatry
    • Spirits

 

Verse 2

And it shall come to pass “in that day,” saith ETERNAL 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 [false] prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.

Verse 2 gets into when things will happen and whom and what problems will be taken care of.

In that Day
  1. Can mean at Messiah’s first coming
  2. Or second coming
  3. Millennium Rule
Eternal of Hosts

God

Marked for destruction
  1. Idols
    • The very idols that causes idolatry
  2. Land
    • House of Israel
    • Earth
  3. No more be remembered
    • New Mind and a new heart
      • Jeremiah
  4. False Prophets
  5. Unclean Spirits
    • Satan and his cohorts

 

Verse 3

And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begot him shall say unto him, Thou shall not live; for thou speakest lies in the Name of ETERNAL: and his father and his mother that begot him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

Expounds on how the duty falls on the parents to confront the prophet and pretty much slay him.

Unfortunately, in the old testament, family often paid for the sins of a man, as well

 

Verse 4

And it shall come to pass “in that day,” that the [false] prophets shall be ashamed every one of his visions, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive:

Prophets are often pictured as having an austere look and disposition.

 

Verse 5

But he shall say, “I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.”

The verse 5 is a rebuttal that the prophet will give when confronted.

When asked whether he has been masquerading as a prophet, he will reply “Oh No!”.

Essentially, disowning the Prophetic trade and claiming to be a lifelong Shepherd.

 

 

Verse 6

And one shall say unto him, “What are these wounds in thy hands?”
Then he shall answer, “Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.”

 

In the Old Testament, there are some verses that talks about self mutilation and others that talks about the family’s own responsibility when they consider one of their own to be a false prophet.

They include:

  1. Elijah & the Prophets of Baal
    And they took the bull that was given them, and they prepared it and called upon the name of Baal from morning until noon, saying, “O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made.

    And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, “Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened.”
    And they cried aloud and cut themselves after their custom with swords and lances, until the blood gushed out upon them.
    And as midday passed, they raved on until the time of the offering of the oblation, but there was no voice. No one answered; no one paid attention.
    ( 1 King 18:26-29 )
  2. Idolaters to Be Put to Death
    If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers;
    …you shall not yield to him or listen to him; and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him.
    “But you shall surely kill him; your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
    ( Deuteronomy 13: 6-9 )

 

Summary

It seems that when Zechariah 13:1-6 is looked at in its entirety it speaks to a time of re-awakening and purging that goes along with that.

The seeking out of those that might have peddled falsehood.  Their subsequent questioning.  And, how they might try to get out of sentencing.

 

Dedicated

Dedicated to Stack Exchange and the incomparable valuable, volunteer work that they are doing.

 

Summary

At a later time, will come back and complete our effort by looking at Zechariah 13 in it’s entirety.

 

References

  1. Stack Exchange
    • Biblical Hermeneutics
      • Who is the wounded farmer in Zechariah 13:6?
        Link
  2. Charles J. Voss
    • Zechariah – What are these Wounds in Thy Hands?
      Link
  3. Jews for Judaism
    • Rabbi Michael Skobac
      • Why Don’t Jews See Jesus in The Scriptures?
        Link
  4. Chuck Missler
    • Zechariah 13 -The Conversion of Israel by Chuck Missler
      Link

 

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