Zechariah 11

Question

Regarding Zechariah 11:8. “Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me”. What is the meaning of the Hebrew word translated as “cut off” in this verse?

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Answers

  1. The commentaries explain that the “cut off” is a reference to the three shepherds, who are King Jehoram of the Northern Kingdom, King Ahaziah of Judah and King Ahaziah’s potential successor, who were all murdered by Jehu. The Rabbis teach that God allowed them to be killed because they were completely corrupt.

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