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?

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

New King James Version
“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?

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

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

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

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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But do ye receive my words and mine ordinances, all that I command by my Spirit to my servants the prophets, who lived in the days of your fathers; and they answered and said, As the Lord Almighty determined to do to us, according to our ways, and according to our practices, so has he done to us.

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
A Call to Repentance
4Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘Turn now from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not listen or pay attention to Me, declares the LORD. 5Where are your forefathers 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.

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

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

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

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

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