International Children’s Bible
The Shepherd Is Killed
7 “Sword, hit the shepherd.
Attack the man who is my friend,”
says the Lord of heaven’s armies.
“Kill the shepherd,
and the sheep will scatter.
I will punish the little ones.”
8 The Lord says, “Two-thirds of the people
through all the land will die.
And one-third will be left.
9 I will test the ones left with fire.
I will purify them like silver.
I will test them like gold.
Then they will call on me.
And I will answer them.
I will say, ‘You are my people.’
And they will say, ‘The Lord is our God.’”