Zechariah 11

The Doomed Flock

Open your doors, O Lebanon, That a a fire may feed on your b cedars.
Wail, O
Or juniper
cypress, for the cedar has fallen,
Because the glorious trees have been destroyed;
Wail, O oaks of Bashan,
For the
Another reading is forest of the vintage
impenetrable forest has come down.
There is a sound of the shepherds’ e wail,
For their glory is ruined;
There is a f sound of the young lions’ roar,
For the
Or jungle
pride of the Jordan is ruined.

Thus says the  Lord my God, “Pasture the flock doomed to h slaughter. Those who buy them slay them and
Lit are not held guilty
go j unpunished, and each of those who sell them says, ‘Blessed be the  Lord, for k I have become rich!’ And their l own shepherds have no pity on them.
“For I will m no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land,” declares the  Lord; “but behold, I will n cause the men to
Lit find
fall, each into another’s
Lit hand
power and into the
Lit hand
power of his king; and they will strike the land, and I will r not deliver them from their
Lit hand
power.”

So I t pastured the flock doomed to slaughter,
Another reading is for the sheep dealers
hence the v afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two w staffs: the one I called
Or Pleasantness
,
y Favor and the other I called
Or Cords
,
aa Union; so I pastured the flock.
Then I annihilated the three shepherds in ab one month, for my soul was impatient with them, and their soul also
Or detested
was weary of me.
Then I said, “I will not pasture you. What is to ad die
Or will die
let it die, and what is to be annihilated
Or will be annihilated
let it be annihilated; and
Or those...will eat
let those who are left eat one another’s flesh.”
10 I took my staff
Or Pleasantness
,
ai Favor and cut it in pieces, to
Or annul
,
ak break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
11 So it was
Or annulled
broken on that day, and
Another reading is the sheep dealers who
thus the an afflicted of the flock who were watching me realized that it was the word of the  Lord.
12 I said to them, “If it is good in your sight, give me my ao wages; but if not,
Lit cease
never mind!” So they weighed out aq thirty shekels of silver as my wages.
13 Then the  Lord said to me, “Throw it to the ar potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the  Lord. 14 Then I cut in pieces my second staff
Or Cords
,
at Union, to au break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

15 The  Lord said to me, “Take again for yourself the equipment of a
Or useless
,
aw foolish shepherd.
16 For behold, I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who will ax not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, heal the broken, or sustain the one standing, but will ay devour the flesh of the fat sheep and tear off their hoofs. 17  az Woe to the worthless shepherd
Who leaves the flock!
A ba sword will be on his arm
And on his right eye!
His bb arm will be totally withered
And his right eye will be
Lit completely dimmed
blind.”

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