The Lord reproves those shepherds who do not feed the flock—In the last days, the Lord will gather the lost sheep of Israel—The Messiah will be their Shepherd—The Lord will make His gospel covenant with them.
1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds; Woe be to the ashepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds bfeed the flocks?
3 Ye eat the afat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was asick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with bcruelty have ye ruled them.
5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered.
6 My asheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.
7 ¶ Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;
8 As I live, saith the Lord God, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the ashepherds bfed themselves, and fed not my flock;
9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the Lord;
10 Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will arequire my flock at their hand, and cause them to bcease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
11 ¶ For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both asearch my sheep, and seek them out.
12 As a ashepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I bseek out my csheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been dscattered in the ecloudy and fdark day.
13 And I will abring them out from the people, and bgather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own cland, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they alie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord God.
16 I will seek that which was alost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was bsick: but I will destroy the cfat and the strong; I will feed them with djudgment.
17 And as for you, O my aflock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I bjudge cbetween cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.
18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must afoul the residue with your feet?
19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have atrodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.
20 ¶ Therefore thus saith the Lord God unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.
21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;
22 Therefore will I save my aflock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
23 And I will set up aone bshepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant cDavid; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
24 And I athe Lord will be their bGod, and my servant cDavid a dprince among them; I the Lord have spoken it.
25 And I will make with them a acovenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell bsafely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the ashower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of bblessing.
27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the aearth shall yield her increase, and they shall be bsafe in their land, and shall know that I am the Lord, when I have broken the bands of their cyoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that dserved themselves of them.
28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell asafely, and none shall make them afraid.
29 And I will raise up for them a aplant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the bshame of the heathen any more.
30 Thus shall they know that I the Lord their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord God.
31 And ye my aflock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord God.