Thus said the Lord my God: Be a shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter.
Those who buy them kill them and go unpunished; and those who sell them say, "Blessed be the Lord, for I have become rich"; and their own shepherds have no pity on them.
For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the earth, says the Lord. I will cause them, every one, to fall each into the hand of a neighbor, and each into the hand of the king; and they shall devastate the earth, and I will deliver no one from their hand.
So, on behalf of the sheep merchants, I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter. I took two staffs; one I named Favor, the other I named Unity, and I tended the sheep.
In one month I disposed of the three shepherds, for I had become impatient with them, and they also detested me.
So I said, "I will not be your shepherd. What is to die, let it die; what is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed; and let those that are left devour the flesh of one another!"
I took my staff Favor and broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples.
So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep merchants, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord.
I then said to them, "If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them." So they weighed out as my wages thirty shekels of silver.
Then the Lord said to me, "Throw it into the treasury" a —this lordly price at which I was valued by them. So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them into the treasury b in the house of the Lord.
Then I broke my second staff Unity, annulling the family ties between Judah and Israel.
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