" '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.118
Is it not enough2 for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet?3 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.421
Because you shove with flank and shoulder, butting all the weak sheep with your horns5 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.623
I will place over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he will tend7 them; he will tend them and be their shepherd.824
I the LORD will be their God,9 and my servant David10 will be prince among them.11 I the LORD have spoken.1225
" 'I will make a covenant13 of peace14 with them and rid the land of wild beasts15 so that they may live in the desert and sleep in the forests in safety.1626
I will bless17 them and the places surrounding my hill.a I will send down showers in season;18 there will be showers of blessing.1927
The trees of the field will yield their fruit20 and the ground will yield its crops;21 the people will be secure22 in their land. They will know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke23 and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.2428
They will no longer be plundered by the nations, nor will wild animals devour them. They will live in safety,25 and no one will make them afraid.2629
I will provide for them a land renowned27 for its crops, and they will no longer be victims of famine28 in the land or bear the scorn29 of the nations.3030
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.3131
You my sheep,32 the sheep of my pasture,33 are people, and I am your God, declares the Sovereign LORD.' "