NASB — Zechariah 11 — KJV

The Doomed Flock

1 Open your doors, O Lebanon,
  That a afire may feed on your bcedars.
  2 Wail, O Icypress, for the cedar has fallen,
  Because the glorious [trees] have been destroyed;
  Wail, O oaks of Bashan,
  For the IIimpenetrable forest has come down.
  3 There is a sound of the shepherds’ awail,
  For their glory is ruined;
  There is a bsound of the young lions’ roar,
  For the Ipride of the Jordan is ruined.

[1] aJr 22:6, 7 bEzk 31:3
[2] IOr juniper IIAnother reading is forest of the vintage
[3] IOr jungle aJr 25:34-36 bJr 2:15; 50:44

4 ¶ Thus says the LORD my God, “Pasture the flock [doomed] to aslaughter. 5 Those who buy them slay them and Igo aunpunished, and [each of] those who sell them says, ‘Blessed be the LORD, for bI have become rich!’ And their cown shepherds have no pity on them. 6 For I will ano longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land,” declares the LORD; “but behold, I will bcause the men to Ifall, each into another’s IIpower and into the IIpower of his king; and they will strike the land, and I will cnot deliver [them] from their IIpower.”

[4] aPs 44:22; Zc 11:7
[5] ILit are not held guilty aJr 50:7 bHo 12:8; 1Ti 6:9 cEzk 34:2, 3
[6] ILit find IILit hand aJr 13:14 bIs 9:19-21; Mi 7:2-6; Zc 14:13 cPs 50:22; Mi 5:8

7 ¶ So I apastured the flock [doomed] to slaughter, Ihence the bafflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two cstaffs: the one I called IIdFavor and the other I called IIIeUnion; so I pastured the flock. 8 Then I annihilated the three shepherds in aone month, for my soul was impatient with them, and their soul also Iwas weary of me. 9 Then I said, “I will not pasture you. What is to adie, Ilet it die, and what is to be annihilated, IIlet it be annihilated; and IIIlet those who are left eat one another’s flesh.” 10 I took my staff IaFavor and cut it in pieces, to IIbbreak my covenant which I had made with all the peoples. 11 So it was Ibroken on that day, and IIthus the aafflicted of the flock who were watching me realized that it was the word of the LORD. 12 I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give [me] my awages; but if not, Inever mind!” So they weighed out bthirty [shekels] of silver as my wages. 13 Then the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the apotter, [that] magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty [shekels] of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD. 14 Then I cut in pieces my second staff IaUnion, to bbreak the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

[7] IAnother reading is for the sheep dealers IIOr Pleasantness IIIOr Cords aZc 11:4 bJr 39:10; Zp 3:12 cEzk 37:16 dPs 27:4; 90:17; Zc 11:10 ePs 133:1; Ezk 37:16-23; Zc 11:14
[8] IOr detested aHo 5:7
[9] IOr will die IIOr will be annihilated IIIOr those...will eat aJr 15:2
[10] IOr Pleasantness IIOr annul aZc 11:7 bPs 89:39; Jr 14:21
[11] IOr annulled IIAnother reading is the sheep dealers who aZp 3:12
[12] ILit cease a1K 5:6; Mal 3:5 bGn 37:28; Ex 21:32; Mt 26:15; 27:9, 10
[13] aMt 27:3-10; Ac 1:18, 19
[14] IOr Cords aZc 11:7 bIs 9:21; Zc 11:6

15 ¶ The LORD said to me, “Take again for yourself the equipment of a Iafoolish shepherd. 16 For behold, I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who will anot care for the perishing, seek the scattered, heal the broken, or sustain the one standing, but will bdevour the flesh of the fat [sheep] and tear off their hoofs.
  17aWoe to the worthless shepherd
  Who leaves the flock!
  A bsword will be on his arm
  And on his right eye!
  His carm will be totally withered
  And his right eye will be Iblind.”

[15] IOr useless aIs 6:10-12; Zc 11:17
[16] aJr 23:2 bEzk 34:2-6
[17] ILit completely dimmed aJr 23:1; Zc 10:2; 11:15 bJr 50:35-37 cEzk 30:21, 22


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The destruction of Jerusalem.

1 ¶ Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. 2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

[1] Dt 32:22; Jr 22:6, 23; Hab 2:8, 17; Hg 1:8; Zc 10:10; 14:1; Mt 24:1; Lk 19:41; 21:23.
[2] Is 2:12; 10:33; 32:15; Ezk 20:46; 31:2, 17; Am 6:1; Na 3:8; Lk 23:31.

The elect being cared for, the rest are rejected.

3 ¶ [There is] a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. 4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; 5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed [be] the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not. 6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver [them]. 7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, [even] you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock. 8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me. 9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.

[3] 1S 4:21; Ps 22:21; Is 65:15; Jr 2:30; 7:4, 11; 25:34; 26:6; 49:19; 50:44; Ezk 19:3; 24:21; Ho 1:9; 10:5; Jol 1:13; Am 8:8; Zp 1:10; 3:3, 11; Zc 11:8, 15; Mt 3:7; 15:14; 21:43; 23:13, 31; Ac 6:11; 7:52; 22:21; Ro 11:7; Jm 5:1.
[4] Is 40:9; 49:4; Ezk 34:23; Mi 5:4; Zc 11:7; 14:5; Mt 15:24; 23:37; Lk 19:41; Jn 20:17; 21:15; Ro 15:8; Ep 1:3.
[5] Gn 37:26; Dt 29:19; 2K 4:1; Ne 5:8; Jr 2:3; 23:1; 50:7; Ezk 22:25; 34:2, 4, 6, 10, 18, 21; Ho 12:8; Mi 3:1, 9; Mt 21:12; 23:14; Jn 10:1, 12; 16:2; 1Ti 6:5; 2P 2:3; Rv 18:13.
[6] Ps 50:22; Is 3:5; 9:19; 27:11; Jr 13:14; Ezk 8:18; 9:10; Dn 9:26; Ho 1:6; 2:10; Mi 5:8; 6:14; 7:2; Hg 2:22; Zc 8:10; 11:5, 9, 14; Mal 4:6; Mt 10:21, 34; 18:33; 22:7; 23:35; 24:10; Lk 12:52; 19:43; 21:16, 22; Jn 19:15; 1Th 2:16; He 2:3; 10:26; Jm 2:13.
[7] Lv 27:32; 1S 17:40, 43; Ps 23:4; 133:1; Is 11:4; 61:1; Jr 5:4; Ezk 37:16; Zp 3:12; Zc 11:4, 10, 11, 14; 13:8; Mt 11:5; Mk 12:37; Jn 10:16; 17:21; Ep 2:13; Jm 2:5.
[8] Lv 26:11, 30, 44; Dt 32:19; Ps 5:5; 78:9; 106:40; Is 49:7; Jr 12:8; 14:21; Ho 5:7; 9:15; Mt 23:34; 24:50; Lk 12:50; 19:14; Jn 7:7; 15:18, 23; He 10:38.
[9] Dt 28:53; Ps 69:22; Is 9:19; Jr 15:2; 19:9; 23:33, 39; 43:11; Ezk 5:10; Mt 13:10; 15:14; 21:19, 43; 23:38; Jn 8:21, 24; 12:35; Ac 13:46; 28:26; Rv 22:11.

The staves of Beauty and Bands broken by the rejection of Christ.

10 ¶ And I took my staff, [even] Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the people. 11 And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it [was] the word of the LORD. 12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give [me] my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty [pieces] of silver. 13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the thirty [pieces] of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD. 14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, [even] Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

[10] Nu 14:34; 1S 2:30; Ps 50:2; 89:39; 90:17; Jr 14:21; 31:31; Ezk 7:20; 16:59; 24:21; Dn 9:26; Ho 1:9; Zc 11:7; Lk 21:5, 32; Ac 6:13; Ro 9:3; Ga 3:16; He 7:17; 8:8.
[11] Lv 26:38; Dt 28:49; 31:21, 29; 32:21; Ps 69:33; 72:12; Is 8:17; 14:32; 26:8; 40:31; Lm 3:25; Mi 7:7; Zp 3:12; Zc 11:6, 7; Lk 2:25, 38; 7:22; 19:48; 23:51; 24:49; Ac 1:21; Ro 11:7; Jm 2:5; 5:1.
[12] Gn 37:28; Ex 21:32; 1K 21:2; 2Ch 30:4; Mt 26:15; Mk 14:10; Lk 22:3; Jn 13:2, 27.
[13] Is 53:2; 54:7; Mt 27:3, 12; Ac 1:18; 4:11.
[14] Is 9:21; 11:13; Ezk 37:16; Zc 11:7, 9; Mt 24:10; Ac 23:7; Ga 5:15; Jm 3:14, 16; 4:1.

The type and curse of a foolish shepherd.

15 ¶ And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. 16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, [which] shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces. 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword [shall be] upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

[15] Is 6:10; Jr 2:26; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:3; Mt 15:14; 23:17; Lk 11:40.
[16] Gn 31:38; 33:13; 1S 17:34; Is 40:11; Jr 23:2, 22; Ezk 34:2, 10, 16, 21; Mt 23:2, 13; Lk 12:45; Jn 10:1, 12.
[17] 1S 2:31; 1K 13:4; Is 6:9; 9:15; 29:10; 42:19; 44:10; Jr 22:1; 23:32; 50:35; Ezk 13:3; 30:22; 34:2; Ho 4:5; Am 8:9; Mi 3:6; Mt 23:13, 16; Lk 11:42; Jn 9:39; 10:12; 12:40; Ro 11:7; 1Co 8:4; 10:19.


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