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Zechariah 11Lexham English Bible (LEB)

11 Open your doors, O Lebanon,

so that fire will devour your cedars!
Wail, O juniper,[a] for the cedar has fallen,
    for the magnificent trees are ruined!
Wail, oaks of Bashan,
    for the impenetrable forest has come down!
Listen to the wailing of the shepherds,
    for their splendor is ruined!
Listen to the roar of the young lions,
    for the thickets of the Jordan are ruined!

The Two Shepherds

Thus says Yahweh my God: “Shepherd the flock[b] doomed to slaughter. The ones buying them kill them and go unpunished, and the ones selling them say, ‘Blessed be Yahweh, for I have become rich.’ Their own shepherds have no compassion for them. For I will no longer have compassion on the inhabitants of the land,” declares[c] Yahweh. “Look, I am going to cause humankind to fall, each into the hand of his neighbor, and into the hand of his king; and they will devastate the land, and I will not deliver anyone from their hand.”

And I shepherded the flock[d] doomed to slaughter, even[e] the afflicted[f] of the flock.[g] I took two staffs, one I called Kindness, and the other I called Unity, and I shepherded the flock.[h] And I got rid of three shepherds in one month, for I grew impatient[i] with them, and they also became tired of me.[j] So I said, “I will not shepherd you! The one dying will die, and the one to be destroyed will be destroyed. And the ones remaining, let them devour the flesh of each other.”[k] 10 And I took my staff Kindness and broke it, to break my covenant that I had made[l] with all the peoples. 11 And it was broken on that day. Then the afflicted[m] of the flock,[n] the ones who were watching me, knew that it was the word of Yahweh. 12 And I said to them, “If it seems right to you,[o] give me my wages, but if not, keep them.”[p] And they weighed out my wages, thirty silver shekels. 13 And Yahweh said to me, “Throw it to the potter,”[q] this noble price[r] at which I was valued by them!” So I took the thirty silver shekels and I threw them to the potter[s] in the house of Yahweh. 14 Then I broke my second staff Unity to break the family ties between Judah and Israel.

15 And Yahweh said to me, “Take again the implements[t] of a foolish shepherd. 16 For look, I am raising up a shepherd in the land who will not attend to the ones that are perishing; he will not seek the young man,[u] he will not heal the ones that are crushed and he will not sustain the healthy ones; he will devour the flesh of the fattened ones[v] and tear apart even their hoofs.

17 “Woe, my worthless shepherd
    who deserts the flock![w]
May a sword fall on his arm
    and on his right eye![x]
May his arm wither completely
    and his right eye[y] be utterly blinded!”

Footnotes:

  1. Zechariah 11:2 Or “cypress”
  2. Zechariah 11:4 The Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals)
  3. Zechariah 11:6 Literally “declaration of”
  4. Zechariah 11:7 The Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals)
  5. Zechariah 11:7 Hebrew “therefore”
  6. Zechariah 11:7 LXX reads “merchants of the flock” which is reflected in some English translations
  7. Zechariah 11:7 The Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals)
  8. Zechariah 11:7 The Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals)
  9. Zechariah 11:8 Literally “my soul became short”
  10. Zechariah 11:8 Literally “also their soul detested me”
  11. Zechariah 11:9 Literally “each the flesh of her neighbor”
  12. Zechariah 11:10 Literally “had cut”
  13. Zechariah 11:11 LXX reads “merchants (of the flock)” which is reflected in some English translations
  14. Zechariah 11:11 The Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals)
  15. Zechariah 11:12 Literally “it is good in your eyes”
  16. Zechariah 11:12 Literally “refrain”
  17. Zechariah 11:13 Syriac reads “treasury,” followed by NAB, NRSV, TEV
  18. Zechariah 11:13 Literally “the price of honor”
  19. Zechariah 11:13 Syriac reads “treasury,” followed by NAB, NRSV, TEV
  20. Zechariah 11:15 Hebrew “implement”
  21. Zechariah 11:16 Syriac and other ancient versions read “the wandering” or “the scattered,” as do several English translations
  22. Zechariah 11:16 Literally “the stall-fed”
  23. Zechariah 11:17 The Hebrew term refers collectively to both sheep and goats (small livestock animals)
  24. Zechariah 11:17 Literally “the eye of his right”
  25. Zechariah 11:17 Literally “the eye of his right”
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