Zechariah 1:5
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New International Version
Where are your ancestors now? And the prophets, do they live forever?

New Living Translation
"Where are your ancestors now? They and the prophets are long dead.

English Standard Version
Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

New American Standard Bible
"Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

King James Bible
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Where are your ancestors now? And do the prophets live forever?

International Standard Version
"Your ancestors—where are they? And the prophets—do they live forever?

NET Bible
"As for your ancestors, where are they? And did the prophets live forever?

New Heart English Bible
Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your ancestors-where are they now? And the prophets-are they still alive?

JPS Tanakh 1917
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

New American Standard 1977
“Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

King James 2000 Bible
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live forever?

American King James Version
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

American Standard Version
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, shall they live always?

Darby Bible Translation
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

English Revised Version
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

Webster's Bible Translation
Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

World English Bible
Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

Young's Literal Translation
Your fathers -- where are they? And the prophets -- to the age do they live?
Study Bible
Zechariah's Call to Repentance
4"Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Return now from your evil ways and from your evil deeds."' But they did not listen or give heed to Me," declares the LORD. 5"Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6"But did not My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, overtake your fathers? Then they repented and said, 'As the LORD of hosts purposed to do to us in accordance with our ways and our deeds, so He has dealt with us.'"'"…
Cross References
John 8:52
"Now we know that You have a demon!" declared the Jews. "Abraham died, and so did the prophets, yet You say that anyone who keeps Your word will never taste death.

Jeremiah 36:28
"Take again another scroll and write on it all the former words that were on the first scroll which Jehoiakim the king of Judah burned.

Lamentations 5:7
Our fathers sinned, and are no more; It is we who have borne their iniquities.
Treasury of Scripture

Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

Job 14:10-12 But man dies, and wastes away: yes, man gives up the ghost, and where is he…

Psalm 90:10 The days of our years are three score years and ten; and if by reason …

Ecclesiastes 1:4 One generation passes away, and another generation comes: but the …

Ecclesiastes 9:1-3 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that …

Ecclesiastes 12:5,7 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall …

Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of …

Hebrews 7:23,24 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered …

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment:

2 Peter 3:2-4 That you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by …

Verse 5. - To compel them to listen to the warning, he asks them, Your fathers, where are they! What became of those who paid no heed to the admonitions of the prophets? Have they not suffered dire calamities and perished miserably? And the prophets, do they live forever? They can teach and threaten no longer. It is true that the seers who warned your fathers are no more, but did not their words come true (see ver. 6)? Jerome referred these words to the false prophets, resting, doubtless, on Jeremiah 37:19. But it is more natural to refer them to the "former prophets" mentioned above and in the following verse. Your fathers, where are they?.... They are not in the land of the living; they perished by the sword of the Chaldeans, or died in captivity:

and the prophets, do they live for ever? meaning either the false prophets, as Hananiah and Shemaiah, Jeremiah 28:17 or the true prophets of the Lord; and the words may be considered as a prevention of an objection the people might make, taken from their prophets dying in common with their fathers; and so the Targum paraphrases them, "and if you should say, the prophets, do they live for ever?" which is followed by Jarchi, and embraced by many interpreters: the answer is, it is true they died; but then their words live, and have had their full accomplishment. 5. Your fathers … and the prophets, do they live for ever?—In contrast to "My words" (Zec 1:6), which "endure for ever" (1Pe 1:25). "Your fathers have perished, as was foretold; and their fate ought to warn you. But you may say, The prophets too are dead. I grant it, but still My words do not die: though dead, their prophetical words from Me, fulfilled against your fathers, are not dead with them. Beware, then, lest ye share their fate."1:1-6 God's almighty power and sovereign dominion, should engage and encourage sinners to repent and turn to Him. It is very desirable to have the Lord of hosts for our friend, and very dreadful to have him for our enemy. Review what is past, and observe the message God sent by his servants, the prophets, to your fathers. Turn ye now from your evil ways, and from your evil doings. Be persuaded to leave your sins, as the only way to prevent approaching ruin. What is become of our fathers, and of the prophets that preached to them? They are all dead and gone. Here they were, in the towns and countries where we live, passing and repassing in the same streets, dwelling in the same houses, trading in the same shops and exchanges, worshipping God in the same places. But where are they? When they died, there was not an end of them; they are in eternity, in the world of spirits, the unchangeable world to which we hasten apace. Where are they? Those of them who lived and died in sin, are in torment. Those who lived and died in Christ, are in heaven; and if we live and die as they did, we shall be with them shortly and eternally. If they minded not their own souls, is that a reason why their posterity should ruin theirs also? The prophets are gone. Christ is a Prophet that lives for ever, but all other prophets have a period put to their office. Oh that this consideration had its due weight; that dying ministers are dealing with dying people about their never-dying souls, and an awful eternity, upon the brink of which both are standing! In another world, both we and our prophets shall live for ever: to prepare for that world ought to be our great care in this. The preachers died, and the hearers died, but the word of God died not; not one jot or title of it fell to the ground; for he is righteous.
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