Thus saith Jehovah my God: Feed the flock of slaughter,
whose possessors slay them without being held guilty; a and they that sell them say, Blessed be Jehovah! for I am become rich; and their own shepherds pity them not.
For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith Jehovah, and behold, I will deliver men, b every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king; and they shall smite the land, and I will not deliver out of their hand.
So I fed the flock of slaughter, truly the poor c of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.
And I destroyed three shepherds in one month; and my soul was vexed d with them, and their soul also loathed me.
And I said, I will not feed you: that which dieth, let it die; and that which perisheth let it perish; and let them which are left eat every one the flesh of another.
And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples. e11
And it was broken in that day; and so the poor of the flock that gave heed to me knew f that it was the word of Jehovah.
And I said unto them, If ye think good, give [me] my hire; and if not, forbear. And they weighed for my hire thirty silver-pieces.
And Jehovah said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized at by them. And I took the thirty silver-pieces, and cast them to the potter in the house of Jehovah.
And I cut asunder mine other staff, Bands, to break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.