Zechariah 11

The Doomed Flock

1Open your doors, O Lebanon, That a a  fire may feed on your b  cedars.
2Wail, 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.
3There 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.

4Thus says the  Lord my God, “Pasture the flock doomed to h  slaughter. 5Those 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.
6“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

7So 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.
8Then 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.
9Then 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.”
10I 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.
11So 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.
12I 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.
13Then 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. 14Then I cut in pieces my second staff
Or Cords
at  Union, to au  break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

15The  Lord said to me, “Take again for yourself the equipment of a
Or useless
aw  foolish shepherd.
16For 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

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