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"I Was Wounded In The House Of My Friends"

(Magill's Quotations in Context)

Context: After the main body of the book of Zechariah (chapters 1-8) had been written, other prophets added their writings, which were eventually incorporated with it (chapters 9-14). The quotation above comes from one of these later additions. The writer promises a tremendous victory for Jerusalem and the land of Judah over their heathen neighbors. On the day of victory, he invisions a great fountain suddenly pouring forth; in its water the Lord's people will be cleansed from sin, idolatry, and the testimony of false prophets. If a person pretends to be a prophet, his own parents are to stab him, and he, being ashamed of prophesying, will say that he is a farmer and that he received his wounds at a drunken revel:

But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am a husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.