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Verse 3

Zechariah 13:3 . And when any shall yet prophesy Namely, falsely; then his father and his mother shall say unto him His dearest friends shall discourse with him, and inform him what the law of Moses directs in this case; Thou shalt not live This probably is not to be considered as the condemnatory sentence; for, being private persons, they had no right to pronounce such a sentence; but it is a repetition of the law, which saith, that a false prophet ought not to be suffered to live, Deuteronomy 13:6-8. For thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord Thou fallest under the sentence of the law. And his father and his mother shall thrust him through Even the parents of such a person shall be forward to put in execution against him the penalties inflicted by the law upon false prophets and seducers. “They shall treat such a one in the same manner as their fathers did the true prophet, the Messiah; they shall pierce or thrust him through.” Lowth. The purport of this passage seems to be, that very vigorous and decisive measures shall then be taken against every kind and degree of idolatry.

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