The Righteous Branch

23 (A)“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord.

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(A)Shepherds with their flocks shall come against her;
    (B)they shall pitch their tents around her;
    they shall pasture, each in his place.

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21 (A)For the shepherds (B)are stupid
    and do not inquire of the Lord;
therefore they have not prospered,
    (C)and all their flock is scattered.

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22 (A)The wind shall shepherd all your shepherds,
    and (B)your lovers shall go into captivity;
(C)then you will be ashamed and confounded
    because of all your evil.

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34 (A)“Wail, (B)you shepherds, and cry out,
    (C)and roll in ashes, you lords of the flock,
for the days of your slaughter and dispersion have come,
    and you shall fall like a choice vessel.

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36 A voice—the cry (A)of the shepherds,
    (B)and the wail of the lords of the flock!
For the Lord is laying waste their pasture,

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11 (A)The dogs have a mighty appetite;
    they never have enough.
But (B)they are shepherds who have no understanding;
    they have all turned to their own way,
    (C)each to his own gain, one and all.

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(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?

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17 (A)“Woe to my worthless shepherd,
    (B)who deserts the flock!
May the sword strike his arm
    and (C)his right eye!
Let his arm be wholly withered,
    his right eye utterly blinded!”

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12 He who is (A)a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and (B)leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and (C)scatters them. 13 He flees because (D)he is a hired hand and (E)cares nothing for the sheep.

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