Prophecy Against the Shepherds of Israel

34 The word of the Lord came to me: (A)“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: (B)Ah, shepherds of Israel (C)who have been feeding yourselves! (D)Should not shepherds feed the sheep? (E)You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, (F)you slaughter the fat ones, but you do not feed the sheep. (G)The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, (H)the injured you have not bound up, (I)the strayed you have not brought back, (J)the lost you have not sought, and with force and (K)harshness you have ruled them. (L)So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd, and (M)they became food for all the wild beasts. My sheep were scattered; they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. My sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, (N)with none to search or seek for them.

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10 Thus says the Lord God, (A)Behold, I am against the shepherds, and (B)I will require my sheep at their hand and (C)put a stop to their feeding the sheep. (D)No longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. (E)I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, that they may not be food for them.

The Lord God Will Seek Them Out

11 “For thus says the Lord God: (F)Behold, I, I (G)myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out.

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15 (A)I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, (B)and I myself will make them lie down, declares the Lord God. 16 (C)I will seek the lost, (D)and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, and (E)the fat and the strong I will destroy.[a] I will feed them in justice.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 34:16 Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate I will watch over

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