Ezekiel 34

Prophecy against the Shepherds of Israel

Then the word of the  Lord came to me saying, Son of man, prophesy against the a shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to
Lit them, the shepherds
those shepherds, ‘Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God, “Woe, shepherds of Israel who have been
Lit pasturing, pasture
,
e feeding themselves! Should not the shepherds
Lit pasturing, pasture
,
g feed the flock?
“You h eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you i slaughter the fat sheep without
Lit pasturing
feeding the flock.
Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the
Lit sick
diseased you have not healed, l the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not brought back, nor have you m sought for the lost; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.
“They were n scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became o food for every beast of the field and were scattered. My flock p wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; q My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was r no one to search or seek for them.”’”

Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the  Lord: As I live,” declares the Lord  God, “surely because My flock has become a s prey, My flock has even become food for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock; therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the  Lord: 10 Thus says the Lord  God, “Behold, I am t against the shepherds, and I will demand My
Or (a) flock
sheep
Lit from their hand
from them and make them w cease from feeding
Or (a) flock
sheep. So the shepherds will not
Lit pasture, and so throughout the ch
feed themselves anymore, but I will z deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.”’”

The Restoration of Israel

11 For thus says the Lord  God, “Behold, I Myself will aa search for My sheep and seek them out. 12  ab As a shepherd
Or seek(s) out
cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered
Or flock
sheep, so I will
Or seek(s) out
,
af care for My
Or flock
sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a ah cloudy and gloomy day.
13 I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land; and I will ai feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the aj streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land. 14 I will feed them in a ak good pasture, and their grazing ground will be on the mountain heights of Israel. There they will lie down on good grazing ground and feed in
Lit fat
,
am rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
15 “I will an feed My flock and I will
Lit cause them to lie down
lead them to rest,” declares the Lord  God.
16 I will seek the lost, bring back the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick; but the ap fat and the strong I will destroy. I will aq feed them with judgment.

17 As for you, My flock, thus says the Lord  God, ‘Behold, I will ar judge between one
Or lamb
sheep and another, between the rams and the male goats.
18 Is it too at slight a thing for you that you should feed in the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the rest of your pastures? Or that you should drink of the clear waters, that you must
Lit foul by trampling
foul the rest with your feet?
19 As for My flock, they must eat what you tread down with your feet and drink what you
Lit foul by trampling
foul with your feet!’”

20 Therefore, thus says the Lord  God to them, “Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21 Because you push with side and with shoulder, and aw thrust at all the
Or sick
weak with your horns until you have scattered them
Lit to the outside
abroad,
22 therefore, I will az deliver My flock, and they will no longer be a prey; and I will judge between one sheep and another.

23 “Then I will ba set over them one bb shepherd, My servant bc David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd. 24 “And I, the  Lord, will be their God, and My servant bd David will be prince among them; I the  Lord have spoken.

25 I will make a be covenant of peace with them and bf eliminate harmful beasts from the land so that they may bg live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 I will make them and the places around My hill a bh blessing. And I will cause bi showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of bj blessing. 27 Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be bk secure on their land. Then they will know that I am the  Lord, when I have bl broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 They will no longer be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will bm live securely, and no one will make them afraid. 29 I will establish for them a bn renowned planting place, and they will bo not again be
Lit those gathered
victims of famine in the land, and they will not bq endure the insults of the nations anymore.
30 Then they will know that br I, the  Lord their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people,” declares the Lord  God. 31 “As for you, My bs sheep, the bt sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God,” declares the Lord  God.
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