The word of the Lord came to me:
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy, and say to them: This is what the Lord God says to the shepherds: Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who have been feeding themselves!a Shouldn't the shepherds feed their flock?
You eat the fat, wear the wool, and butcher the fatlings, but you do not tend the flock.
You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost.b Instead, you have ruled them with violence and cruelty.
They were scattered for lack of a shepherd;c they became food for all the wild animalsd when they were scattered.
My flock went astray on all the mountains and every high hill.e They were scattered over the whole face of the earth, and there was no one searching or seeking [for them].
"Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord.
As I live"-the declaration of the Lord God -"because My flock has become [prey and] food for every wild animal since [they] lack a shepherd, for My shepherds do not search for My flock, and [because] the shepherds feed themselves rather than My flock,
therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord!
"This is what the Lord God says: Look, I am against the shepherds.f I will demand My flock from themg and prevent them from shepherding the flock. The shepherds will no longer feed themselves, for I will rescue My flock from their mouths so that they will not be food for them.