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The Lord Is the Good Shepherd

11 The Lord God then said:

I will look for my sheep and take care of them myself, 12 just as a shepherd looks for lost sheep. My sheep have been lost since that dark and miserable day when they were scattered throughout the nations.[a] But I will rescue them

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  1. 34.12 dark and miserable day. . . nations: That is, the day the Babylonians defeated Jerusalem and led its people away as prisoners.

15 I promise to take care of them and keep them safe, 16 to look for those that are lost and bring back the ones that wander off, to bandage those that are hurt and protect the ones that are weak. I will also slaughter[a] those that are fat and strong, because I always do right.

Judgment on the Strong Sheep

17 The Lord God said to his sheep, the people of Israel:

I will carefully watch each one of you to decide which ones are the strong sheep and which ones are weak.

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  1. 34.16 slaughter: Hebrew; three ancient translations “take care of.”