Israel’s Shepherds: Good and Bad1 Open your gates, Lebanon,
and fire will consume your cedars. a
2 Wail, cypress b for the cedar has fallen;
the glorious trees are destroyed!
Wail, oaks of Bashan c
for the stately forest has fallen!
3 Listen to the wail d of the shepherds,
for their glory is destroyed.
Listen to the roar of young lions e
for the thickets of the Jordan f are ▼
▼Lit for the majesty of the Jordan isdestroyed.
▼Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.Yahweh my God says this: “Shepherd the flock intended for slaughter. 5 Those who buy them slaughter them but are not punished. i Those who sell them say: Praise the Lord because I have become rich! Even their own shepherds have no compassion for them. 6 Indeed, I will no longer have compassion on the inhabitants of the land” – this is the Lord’s declaration. “Instead, I will turn everyone over to his neighbor and his king. They will devastate the land, and I will not deliver it from them.” j 7So I shepherded the flock intended for slaughter, the afflicted of the flock. ▼
▼LXX reads slaughter that belonged to the sheep merchantsI took two staffs, calling one Favor l and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. 8In one month I got rid of three shepherds. I became impatient with them, and they also detested me. 9Then I said, “I will no longer shepherd you. Let what is dying die, and let what is going astray go astray; let the rest devour each other’s flesh.” 10Next I took my staff called Favor and cut it in two, annulling the covenant I had made with all the peoples. 11It was annulled on that day, and so the afflicted of the flock ▼
▼LXX reads and the sheep merchantswho were watching me knew that it was the word of the Lord. 12Then I said to them, “If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” So they weighed my wages, 30 pieces of silver. n 13 “Throw it to the potter,” ▼
▼Syr reads treasurythe Lord said to me – this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter. ▼
▼One Hb ms, Syr read treasury, q 14Then I cut in two my second staff, Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. 15The Lord also said to me: “Take the equipment of a foolish shepherd. 16 I am about to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are going astray, and he will not seek the lost ▼
▼Lit youngor heal the broken. He will not sustain the healthy ▼
▼Or exhaustedbut he will devour the flesh of the fat sheep t and tear off their hooves. 17 Woe to the worthless shepherd
who deserts the flock! u
May a sword strike ▼
▼Lit be againsthis arm
and his right eye!
May his arm wither away
and his right eye go completely blind!”
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