Zechariah 11


The Shepherds

Open wide, O Lebanon, your doors, and let [2devour 1fire] your cedars! Let [2shriek 1the pine]! because [2has fallen 1the cedar], for [2were in misery 1great ones]. Shriek, O oaks of Bashan! for [4were torn down 3groves 1the 2planted]. A sound of wailing of shepherds, for [2languishes 1their greatness]. A sound of roaring lions, for [5languishes 1the 2neighing 3of the 4Jordan]. Thus says the  lord almighty, Tend the sheep of the slaughter, which the ones acquiring butcher, and are repenting not. And the ones selling them said, Blessed be the  lord, we were enriched. And their shepherds suffered not anything for them. On account of this, I will not spare any longer over the ones inhabiting the land, says the  lord. And behold, I deliver up the men, each into the hand of his neighbor, and into the hand of his king; and they shall cut in pieces the land, and in no way should I rescue from out of their hand. And I will tend the sheep of the slaughter in the land of the Canaanites. And I will take for myself two rods; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called, A piece of measured out land; and I will tend the sheep. And I will lift away the three shepherds in [2month 1one]; and [2shall be weighed down 1my soul] over them, for their souls roared against me. And I said, I will not tend you. The dying, let it die! And the failing, let it fail! and the rest, let them [2eat 1each] the flesh of his neighbor!

The Two Rods

10 And I will take my rod, Beauty, and I will throw it away to efface my covenant which I ordained with all the peoples. 11 And it shall be effaced in that day. And [3shall know 1the 2Canaanites] the sheep being guarded for me, that [2the word 3of the  lord 1it is]. 12 And I will say to them, if [2good 3before 4you 1it is], give my wage, or forbid it! And they established my wage -- thirty pieces of silver. 13 And the  lord said to me, Lower them into the foundry furnace! and to look about if it is unadulterated! in which manner I was proved for them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and I put them into the house of the  lord, into the foundry furnace. 14 And I threw away my rod, the second, A Piece of Measured out Land -- to efface the taking possession the thing between Judah and between Israel. 15 And the  lord said to me, Yet take to yourself the equipment of a shepherd -- [2shepherd 1an inexperienced]! 16 For behold, I shall arouse a shepherd against the land, one who [3the one 4faltering 1in no way 2shall visit]; and [3the one 4being dispersed 1in no way 2shall he seek]; and [3the one 4being broken 1in no way 2shall he heal]; and [3the 4whole 1in no way 2shall he conduct]. And [3meats 1of the 2choice] he shall devour, and [2their vertebrae 1he shall distort]. 17 O the ones tending the vain things, and leaving behind the sheep; a sword shall be against his arm, and against [2eye 1his right]. His arm withering shall be withered, and [2eye 1his right] by blinding shall be blinded.
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