Zechariah 11:4-14 (Today's New International Version)

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Two Shepherds

4 This is what the LORD my God says: "Shepherd the flock marked for slaughter.1 5 Their buyers slaughter them and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, 'Praise the LORD, I am rich!' Their own shepherds do not spare them.2 6 For I will no longer have pity on the people of the land," declares the LORD. "I will give everyone into the hands of their neighbors3 and their king. They will devastate the land, and I will not rescue them from their hands."4 7 So I shepherded the flock marked for slaughter,5 particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock. 8 In one month I got rid of the three shepherds. The flock detested6 me, and I grew weary of them 9 and said, "I will not be your shepherd. Let the dying die, and the perishing perish.7 Let those who are left eat8 one another's flesh." 10 Then I took my staff called Favor9 and broke it, revoking10 the covenant I had made with all the nations. 11 It was revoked on that day, and so the oppressed of the flock who were watching me knew it was the word of the LORD. 12 I told them, "If you think it best, give me my pay; but if not, keep it." So they paid me thirty pieces of silver.11 13 And the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the potter"--the handsome price at which they valued me! So I took the thirty pieces of silver12 and threw them to the potter at the house of the LORD.13 14 Then I broke my second staff called Union, breaking the family bond between Judah and Israel.
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