" 'For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep1 and look after them.
As a shepherd2 looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.313
I will bring them out from the nations and gather4 them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land.5678 I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.9101114
I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel12 will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture13 on the mountains of Israel.1415
I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down,15 declares the Sovereign LORD.1616
I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up17 the injured and strengthen the weak,18 but the sleek and the strong I will destroy.19 I will shepherd the flock with justice.2017
" 'As for you, my flock, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will judge between one sheep and another, and between rams and goats.2118
Is it not enough22 for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet?23 Is it not enough for you to drink clear water? Must you also muddy the rest with your feet?
Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet?
" 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says to them: See, I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.2421
Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns25 until you have driven them away,
I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another.2623
I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend27 them; he will tend them and be their shepherd.2824
I the LORD will be their God,29 and my servant David30 will be prince among them.31 I the LORD have spoken.3225
" 'I will make a covenant33 of peace34 with them and rid the land of wild beasts35 so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety.3626
I will bless37 them and the places surrounding my hill.a I will send down showers in season;38 there will be showers of blessing.3927
The trees of the field will yield their fruit40 and the ground will yield its crops;41 the people will be secure42 in their land. They will know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke43 and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.4428
They will no longer be plundered by the nations, nor will wild animals devour them. They will live in safety,45 and no one will make them afraid.4629
I will provide for them a land renowned47 for its crops, and they will no longer be victims of famine48 in the land or bear the scorn49 of the nations.5030
Then they will know that I, the LORD their God, am with them and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Sovereign LORD.5131
You my sheep,52 the sheep of my pasture,53 are people, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign LORD.' "