Thus saith the Lord my God: Feed the flock of the slaughter,
Which they that possessed, slew, and repented not, and they sold them, saying: Blessed be the Lord, we are become rich: and their shepherds spared them not.
And I will no more spare the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord: behold I will deliver the men, every one into his neighbour’s hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall destroy the land, and I will not deliver it out of their hand.
And I will feed the flock of slaughter for this, O ye poor of the flock. And I took unto me two rods, one I called Beauty, and the other I called a Cord, and I fed the flock.
And I cut off three shepherds in one month, and my soul was straitened in their regard: for their soul also varied in my regard.
And I said: I will not feed you: that which dieth, let it die: and that which is cut off, let it be cut off: and let the rest devour every one the flesh of his neighbour.
And I took my rod that was called Beauty, and I cut it asunder to make void my covenant, which I had made with all people.
And it was made void in that day: and so the poor of the flock that keep for me, understood that it is the word of the Lord.
And I said to them: If it be good in your eyes, bring hither my wages: and if not, be quiet. And they weighed for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
And the Lord said to me: Cast it to the statuary, a handsome price, that I was prized at by them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and I cast them into the house of the Lord to the statuary.
And I cut off my second rod that was called a Cord, that I might break the brotherhood between Juda and Israel.