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:

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  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.

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