Zechariah 1:5
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?

Berean Study Bible
Where are your fathers now? And the prophets, do they live forever?

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

New King James 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?

NASB 1995
"Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

NASB 1977
“Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

Amplified Bible
“Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?

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

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Where are your fathers and my Prophets? Do they live forever?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Where are your fathers, and the prophets? Will they live for ever?

Contemporary English Version
Where are your ancestors now? Not even prophets live forever.

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

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

Good News Translation
Your ancestors and those prophets are no longer alive.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Your fathers—where [are] they? And the prophets—do they live for all time?

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?

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?

Additional Translations ...
Context
A Call to Repentance
4Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed that this is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘Turn now from your evil ways and deeds.’ But they did not listen or pay attention to Me, declares the LORD. 5Where are your fathers now? And the prophets, do they live forever? 6But did not My words and My statutes, which I commanded My servants the prophets, overtake your fathers? They repented and said, ‘Just as the LORD of Hosts purposed to do to us according to our ways and deeds, so He has done to 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 another scroll and rewrite on it the very words that were on the original scroll, which Jehoiakim king of Judah has burned.

Lamentations 5:7
Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their punishment.


Treasury of Scripture

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

Job 14:10-12
But man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is he? …

Psalm 90:10
The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

Ecclesiastes 1:4
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Where
אַיֵּה־ (’ay·yêh-)
Interrogative
Strong's 346: Where?

are your forefathers now?
אֲבֽוֹתֵיכֶ֖ם (’ă·ḇō·w·ṯê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's 1: Father

And the prophets,
וְהַ֨נְּבִאִ֔ים (wə·han·nə·ḇi·’îm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

do they live
יִֽחְיֽוּ׃ (yiḥ·yū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 2421: To live, to revive

forever?
הַלְעוֹלָ֖ם (hal·‘ō·w·lām)
Article, Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5769: Concealed, eternity, frequentatively, always


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