Know your sheep by name; carefully attend to your flocks;
(Don't take them for granted; possessions don't last forever, you know.)
And then, when the crops are in and the harvest is stored in the barns,
You can knit sweaters from lambs' wool, and sell your goats for a profit;
There will be plenty of milk and meat to last your family through the winter.
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)