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Jeremiah 23:1-3 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

23 1 Against false pastors. 5 A prophecy of the great Pastor Jesus Christ.

Woe be unto [a]the pastors that destroy and scatter the [b]sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord.

Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel unto the pastors that [c]feed my people, Ye have scattered my flock, and thrust them out, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit you for the wickedness of your works, saith the Lord.

And I will gather the [d]remnant of my sheep out of all countries, whither I had driven them, and will bring them again to their folds, and they shall grow and increase:


  1. Jeremiah 23:1 Meaning, the princes, governors and false prophets, as Ezek. 34:2.
  2. Jeremiah 23:1 For the which I have especial care, and have prepared good pastures for them.
  3. Jeremiah 23:2 Whose charge is to feed the flock, but they eat the fruit thereof, Ezek. 34:3.
  4. Jeremiah 23:3 Thus the Prophets ever used to mix the promises with the threatenings, lest the godly should be too much beaten down, and therefore he showeth how God will gather his Church after this dispersion.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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Jeremiah 23:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

The Righteous Branch

23 “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord. Therefore this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the Lord. “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.

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