7 “Awake, O sword, against kMy Shepherd,
Against the Man lwho is My Companion,”
Says the Lord of hosts.
m“Strike the Shepherd,
And the sheep will be scattered;
Then I will turn My hand against nthe little ones.
Says the Lord,
“That otwo-thirds in it shall be cut off and die,
pBut one-third shall be left in it:
9 I will bring the one-third qthrough the fire,
Will rrefine them as silver is refined,
And test them as gold is tested.
sThey will call on My name,
And I will answer them.
tI will say, ‘This is My people’;
And each one will say, ‘The Lord is my God.’ ”
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