Ezekiel 34:4-16 (New International Version)

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4 You have not strengthened the weak or healed1 the sick or bound up2 the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.3 5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd,4 and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.5 6 My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill.6 They were scattered7 over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.8 7 " 'Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered9 and has become food for all the wild animals,10 and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock,11 9 therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 10 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against12 the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue13 my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.14 11 " 'For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep15 and look after them. 12 As a shepherd16 looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.17 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather18 them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land.19202122 I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.232425 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel26 will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture27 on the mountains of Israel.28 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down,29 declares the Sovereign LORD.30 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up31 the injured and strengthen the weak,32 but the sleek and the strong I will destroy.33 I will shepherd the flock with justice.34
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