Zechariah 11:4-14 (New American Standard)

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4 Thus says the LORD my God, "Pasture the flock doomed to 1slaughter. 5 "Those who buy them slay them and ago 2unpunished , and each of those who sell them says, 'Blessed be the LORD, for 3I have become rich !' And their 4own shepherds have no pity on them. 6 "For I will 5no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land," declares the LORD ; "but behold, I will 6cause the men to bfall, each into another's cpower and into the dpower of his king ; and they will strike the land, and I will 7not deliver them from their epower." 7 So I 8pastured the flock doomed to slaughter, fhence the 9afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two 10staffs : the one I called g11Favor and the other I called h12Union ; so I pastured the flock. 8 Then I annihilated the three shepherds in 13one month, for my soul was impatient with them, and their soul also iwas weary of me. 9 Then I said, "I will not pasture you. What is to 14die, jlet it die, and what is to be annihilated, klet it be annihilated ; and llet those who are left eat one another's flesh." 10 I took my staff m15Favor and cut it in pieces, to n16break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples. 11 So it was obroken on that day, and pthus the 17afflicted of the flock who were watching me realized that it was the word of the LORD. 12 I said to them, "If it is good in your sight, give me my 18wages ; but if not, qnever mind !" So they weighed out 19thirty shekels of silver as my wages. 13 Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the 20potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them." So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD. 14 Then I cut in pieces my second staff r21Union, to 22break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
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