against the man who is close to me!”
declares the Lord Almighty.
“Strike the shepherd,
and the sheep will be scattered,m
and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
“two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
yet one-third will be left in it.n
9 This third I will put into the fire;o
I will refine them like silverp
and test them like gold.q
and I will answert them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’u
and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.v’ ”