smite the shepherd
13:7 smite the shepherd. This verse is quoted in Matthew 26:31 and Mark 14:27, by Christ Himself. He, the Good Shepherd, would give His life for the sheep (John 10:11) but, in the trauma of these world-changing events, His sheep would be scattered for a while. The “sword” would “smite the shepherd,” and they would be scattered for two thousand years, but the time would come when they would return to Him, exactly as Zechariah has predicted.