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This is a message of the Eternal, Commander of heavenly armies.

Eternal One: Sword, begin to stir; be ready to strike My shepherd,
        to strike the man at My side.
    Strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will scatter.[a]
        I’ll turn My hand against the little ones.
    It will spread across the land:
        two of three will be cut down and perish,
    And one of three will be left to survive.
    And I will put this one-third through the fire—
        refine them all as silver is refined, test them all as gold is tested.
    They will invoke My name,
        trust in My promises, and I will answer them.
    I will announce, “These are My people”;
        and they will confess, “The Eternal is our God.”

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The Shepherd Struck, the Sheep Scattered

“Awake, sword,(A) against my shepherd,(B)
    against the man who is close to me!”
    declares the Lord Almighty.
“Strike the shepherd,
    and the sheep will be scattered,(C)
    and I will turn my hand against the little ones.
In the whole land,” declares the Lord,
    “two-thirds will be struck down and perish;
    yet one-third will be left in it.(D)
This third I will put into the fire;(E)
    I will refine them like silver(F)
    and test them like gold.(G)
They will call(H) on my name(I)
    and I will answer(J) them;
I will say, ‘They are my people,’(K)
    and they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.(L)’”

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