A charge against the shepherds of Israel, ver. 1 - 6.
Their dismission from their trust, ver. 7 - 10.
A promise, that God would take care of his flock, ver. 11 - 16.
Another charge against the strong of the flock, for their injuring the weak, ver. 17 - 22.
A promise of the Messiah, the great and good shepherd, ver. 23 - 31.
|34:2||The shepherds - The rulers of the people kings, magistrates, and princes; as also priests, and prophets. Of Israel - The two tribes, and the few out of the ten that adhere to the house of David.That feed - Contrive their own ease, advantage, and honour.|
|34:3||Ye kill - You contrive methods, to take first the life, and next the estate of the well - fed, the rich and wealthy. But - You take care to lead, protect, provide for, and watch over them.|
|34:4||The diseased - The weak and languishing. Bound up - Oppressors in the state, or church, broke many then, but these shepherds bound them not up.|
|34:5||No shepherd - No vigilant, faithful shepherd.Became meat - Were made a prey of, and devoured by all their neighbours.|
|34:12||In the cloudy and dark day - In the time of general distress.|
|34:16||The fat - The powerful and rich. I will feed - I will judge and punish them.|
|34:17||I judge - Between men and men, between the smaller and weaker, and the greater and stronger, as their different state requires I will do.The rams - Rulers, who also shalt be dealt with according to their behaviour.|
|34:18||But ye must tread down - You great ones, eat the fat, and sweet; and what you cannot eat, you waste and spoil. The deep waters - Which are sufficient for all.|
|34:20||I will judge - I will vindicate the poor.The fat cattle - The rich. The lean - The poor.|
|34:23||One shepherd - Christ, the great good, chief, only shepherd, that laid down his life for his sheep. My servant David - The seed of David, the beloved one, who was typified by David, and is in other places called by his name, as Jeremiah 30:9 eze 34: , Ezekiel 37:24 , Isaiah 37:35 , eze 34: , 3:5 , .He shall feed - Do all the office of a good and faithful shepherd, and that for ever.|
|34:24||My servant - Christ was in this great work his fathers servant, Isaiah 42:1 .|
|34:25||A covenant - A covenant of promises, which contain, and shall bring peace, that is all good.|
|34:26||Them - My returned captives, The places - All the country.My hill - Jerusalem.|
|34:29||A plant - The Messiah. The shame - The reproach.|
|34:30||Their God - By covenant, from their forefathers.Am with them - Present with them, and reconciled to them.|