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Prophecy against the Shepherds of Israel

1 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the ashepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to Ithose shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord IIGOD, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been IIIbfeeding themselves! Should not the shepherds IIIcfeed the flock? 3 You aeat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you bslaughter the fat [sheep] without Ifeeding the flock. 4 Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the Idiseased you have not healed, athe broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you bsought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them. 5 They were ascattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became bfood for every beast of the field and were scattered. 6 My flock awandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; bMy flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was cno one to search or seek [for them].”’”

[2] ILit them, the shepherds IIHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch IIILit pasturing, pasture aJr 2:8; 3:15; 10:21; 12:10 bJr 23:1; Ezk 22:25; 34:8-10; Mi 3:1-3, 11 cPs 78:71, 72; Is 40:11; Ezk 34:14, 15; Jn 10:11; 21:15-17
[3] ILit pasturing aZc 11:16 bEzk 22:25, 27
[4] ILit sick aZc 11:16 bMt 9:36; 10:6; 18:12, 13; Lk 15:4
[5] aNu 27:17; 2Ch 18:16; Jr 10:21; 23:2; 50:6, 7; Mt 9:36; Mk 6:34 bEzk 34:8, 28
[6] aJr 40:11, 12; Ezk 7:16; 1P 2:25 bJn 10:16 cPs 142:4

7 ¶ Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8 “As I live,” declares the Lord GOD, “surely because My flock has become a aprey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but [rather] the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock; 9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am aagainst the shepherds, and I will demand My Isheep IIfrom them and make them bcease from feeding Isheep. So the shepherds will not IIIfeed themselves anymore, but I will cdeliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.”’”

[8] aAc 20:29
[10] IOr (a) flock IILit from their hand IIILit pasture, and so throughout the ch aJr 21:13; Ezk 5:8; 13:8; 34:2; Zc 10:3 b1S 2:29, 30; Jr 52:24-27 cPs 72:12-14; Ezk 13:23

The Restoration of Israel

11 ¶ For thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I Myself will asearch for My sheep and seek them out. 12 aAs a shepherd Icares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered IIsheep, so I will Ibcare for My IIsheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a ccloudy and gloomy day. 13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will afeed them on the mountains of Israel, by the bstreams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. 14 I will feed them in a agood pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in Ibrich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I will afeed My flock and I will Ilead them to rest,” declares the Lord GOD. 16 “I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the afat and the strong I will destroy. I will bfeed them with judgment.

[11] aEzk 11:17; 20:41
[12] IOr seek(s) out IIOr flock aJr 31:10 bIs 40:11; 56:8; Jr 23:3; 31:8; Lk 19:10; Jn 10:16 cJr 13:16; Ezk 30:3; Jol 2:2
[13] aEzk 34:23; 36:29, 30; Mi 7:14 bIs 30:25
[14] ILit fat aPs 23:2; Jr 31:12-14, 25; Jn 10:9 bEzk 28:25, 26; 36:29, 30
[15] ILit cause them to lie down aPs 23:1, 2; Ezk 34:23
[16] aIs 10:16 bIs 49:26

17 ¶ “As for you, My flock, thus says the Lord GOD, ‘Behold, I will ajudge between one Isheep and another, between the rams and the male goats. 18 Is it too aslight a thing for you that you should feed in the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pastures? Or that you should drink of the clear waters, that you must Ifoul the rest with your feet? 19 As for My flock, they must eat what you tread down with your feet and drink what you Ifoul with your feet!’”

[17] IOr lamb aEzk 20:38; 34:20-22; Mal 4:1; Mt 25:32
[18] ILit foul by trampling aNu 16:9, 13; 2S 7:19; Is 7:13
[19] ILit foul by trampling

20 ¶ Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them, “Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and with shoulder, and athrust at all the Iweak with your horns until you have scattered them IIabroad, 22 therefore, I will adeliver My flock, and they will no longer be a prey; and I will judge between one sheep and another.

[21] IOr sick IILit to the outside aDt 33:17; Dn 8:4; Lk 13:14-16
[22] aPs 72:12-14; Jr 23:3; Ezk 34:10

23 ¶ “Then I will aset over them one bshepherd, My servant cDavid, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. 24 And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant aDavid will be prince among them; I the LORD have spoken.

[23] aRv 7:17 bIs 40:11; Jn 10:11 cJr 30:9; Ezk 37:24
[24] aIs 55:3; Jr 30:9; Ezk 37:24, 25; Ho 3:5

25 ¶ “I will make a acovenant of peace with them and beliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may clive securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places around My hill a ablessing. And I will cause bshowers to come down in their season; they will be showers of cblessing. 27 Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be asecure on their land. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have bbroken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 They will no longer be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will alive securely, and no one will make [them] afraid. 29 I will establish for them a arenowned planting place, and they will bnot again be Ivictims of famine in the land, and they will not cendure the insults of the nations anymore. 30 Then they will know that aI, the LORD their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people,” declares the Lord GOD. 31 “As for you, My asheep, the bsheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” declares the Lord GOD.

[25] aEzk 16:60; 20:37; 37:26 bJb 5:22, 23; Is 11:6-9 cJr 33:16; Ezk 28:26; 34:27, 28
[26] aGn 12:2; Ezk 34:14 bDt 11:13-15; 28:12 cLv 25:21; Is 44:3
[27] aEzk 38:8, 11 bLv 26:13; Is 52:2, 3; Jr 30:8
[28] aJr 30:10; Ezk 39:26
[29] ILit those gathered aIs 4:2; 60:21; 61:3 bEzk 34:26, 27; 36:29 cEzk 36:6, 15
[30] aPs 46:7, 11; Ezk 14:11; 36:28
[31] aPs 78:52; 80:1; Ezk 36:38 bPs 100:3; Jr 23:1


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A reproof of the shepherds.

1 ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe [be] to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: [but] ye feed not the flock. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up [that which was] broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5 And they were scattered, because [there is] no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. 6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek [after them].

[2] 2S 5:2; Ps 78:71; Is 40:11; Jr 2:8; 3:15; 10:21; 12:10; 23:1; Ezk 13:19; 33:24; 34:8; Mi 3:1, 11; Zp 3:3; Zc 11:17; Mt 24:48; Lk 12:42; 20:46; Jn 10:1, 12; 21:15; Ac 20:26, 29; Ro 16:18; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:3.
[3] 1K 21:13; 2K 21:16; Is 1:10, 15; 56:11; Jr 2:30; 22:17; Lm 4:13; Ezk 19:3, 6; 22:25; 33:25; Mi 3:1; Zp 3:3; Zc 11:5, 16.
[4] Ex 1:13; Is 56:10; Jr 8:22; 22:13; Ezk 34:16; Zc 11:15; Mt 9:36; 10:6; 18:12; 21:35; 24:49; Lk 15:4; 2Co 1:24; He 12:12; Jm 5:1; 1P 5:2; Rv 13:14; 17:5.
[5] 1K 22:17; 2Ch 18:16; Is 56:9; Jr 12:9; 23:2; 50:6, 17; Ezk 33:21, 28; 34:6, 8; Zc 10:2; 13:7; Mt 9:36; Jn 10:2; Ac 20:29.
[6] Ps 142:4; Jr 5:1; 13:16; 40:11; Ezk 7:16; Jn 10:16; He 11:37; 1P 2:25.

God's judgment against them.

7 ¶ Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 8 [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because [there was] no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock; 9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; 10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

[7] Ps 82:1; Is 1:10; Jr 13:13, 18; 22:2; Ezk 34:9; Mi 3:8; Mal 2:1; Mt 23:13; Lk 11:39.
[8] Ezk 34:2, 5, 10, 18, 31; Ac 20:33; 1Co 9:15; 2P 2:13; Jde 1:12.
[10] 1S 2:29; Ps 23:5; 72:12; 102:19; Jr 13:18; 21:13; 39:6; 50:31; 52:9, 24; Ezk 3:18, 20; 5:8; 13:8; 21:3; 33:6; 34:2, 8, 22; 35:3; Na 2:13; Zc 10:3; He 13:17; 1P 3:12.

His providence for his flock.

11 ¶ For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, [even] I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep [that are] scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day. 13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. 14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and [in] a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. 15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. 16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up [that which was] broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment. 17 And [as for] you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats. 18 [Seemeth it] a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet? 19 And [as for] my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.

[11] Gn 6:17; Lv 26:28; Dt 32:39; Ps 23:1; 80:1; 119:176; Is 40:10; 45:12; 48:15; 51:12; 56:8; Jr 23:3; 31:8; Ezk 5:8; 6:3; Ho 5:14; Mt 13:11; Lk 19:10; Jn 10:16.
[12] 1S 17:34; Is 50:10; Jr 13:16; Ezk 30:3; Jol 2:1; Am 5:18; Zp 1:15; Lk 15:4; Jn 10:11; Ac 2:19.
[13] Ps 106:47; Is 11:11; 65:9; 66:19; Jr 23:3, 8; 30:3, 18; 31:8; 32:37; Ezk 11:17; 20:41; 28:25; 34:18; 36:24; 37:21; 38:8; 39:27; Am 9:14; Mi 7:14; Zp 3:19.
[14] Ps 23:1; 31:8; Is 25:6; 30:23; 40:11; Jr 31:12, 25; 33:12; Ezk 34:27; Jn 10:9; Rv 7:16.
[15] Ps 23:2; So 1:7; Is 11:6; 27:10; 65:9; Jr 3:15; Ho 2:18; Zp 3:13; Jn 21:15.
[16] Dt 32:15; Is 5:17; 10:16; 40:11; 49:26; 61:1; Jr 9:15; 10:24; 23:15; 50:11; Ezk 34:4, 11; 39:18; Am 4:1; Mi 4:6; 7:14; Mt 15:24; 18:11; Mk 2:17; Lk 5:31; 15:4; 19:10.
[17] Ezk 20:37; 34:20; Zc 10:3; Mt 25:32.
[18] Gn 30:15; Nu 16:9, 13; 2S 7:19; Is 7:13; Ezk 16:20, 47; 32:2; 34:2; Mi 2:2; Mt 15:6; 23:13; Lk 11:52.

The Kingdom of Christ.

20 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, [even] I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle. 21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad; 22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle. 23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, [even] my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd. 24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken [it]. 25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. 26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. 28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make [them] afraid. 29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. 30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God [am] with them, and [that] they, [even] the house of Israel, [are] my people, saith the Lord GOD. 31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, [are] men, [and] I [am] your God, saith the Lord GOD.

[20] Ps 22:12; Ezk 34:10, 17; Mt 25:31.
[21] Ezk 34:3; Dn 8:3; Zc 11:5, 16; Lk 13:14.
[22] Ps 72:12; Jr 23:2; Ezk 34:10, 17; Zc 11:7.
[23] Ec 12:11; Is 11:1; 40:11; 55:3; Jr 23:4; 30:9; Ezk 37:24; Ho 3:5; Mi 5:2; Zc 13:7; Jn 10:11; He 13:20; 1P 2:25; 5:4; Rv 22:16.
[24] Ex 29:45; Jsh 5:13; Ps 2:6; Is 9:6; 43:2; Jr 23:5; 31:1, 33; 32:38; 33:15; Ezk 34:30; 36:28; 37:23, 27; 39:22; Mi 5:2; Zc 13:9; Mt 28:18; Lk 1:31; Ac 5:31; 1Co 15:25; Ep 1:21; Php 2:9; He 2:9; Rv 19:13; 21:3.
[25] Lv 26:6; Jb 5:22; Ps 4:8; Is 11:6; 35:9; 55:3; Jr 23:6; 31:31; 33:16; Ezk 34:28; 37:26; Ho 2:18; Zc 6:13; He 13:20.
[26] Gn 12:2; Lv 26:4; Dt 28:12; Ps 2:6; 68:9, 16; 132:14; 133:3; Is 2:2; 19:24; 32:15, 20; 44:3; 56:7; Ezk 20:40; Mi 4:1; Zc 8:13, 23; Mal 3:10.
[27] Lv 26:4, 13; Ps 85:12; 92:12; Is 4:2; 9:4; 10:27; 14:2; 35:1; 52:2; 61:3; Jr 2:20; 25:14; 27:7; 30:8; Ezk 33:29; 34:10; 39:28; 47:12; Jn 15:5.
[28] Jr 30:10; 46:27; Ezk 34:8, 25, 29; 36:4, 15.
[29] Ps 72:17; Is 4:2; 9:6; 11:1; 49:9; 53:2; Jr 23:5; 33:15; Ezk 34:26; 36:3, 15, 29; Zc 3:8; 6:12; Rv 7:16.
[30] Ps 46:7, 11; Is 8:9; Ezk 16:62; 34:24; 37:27; Mt 1:23; 28:20.
[31] Ps 78:52; 80:1; 95:7; 100:3; Is 40:11; Ezk 34:24; 36:38; Mi 7:14; Lk 12:32; Jn 10:11, 16, 26; 20:15; Ac 20:28; 1P 5:2.


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