1Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.2Howl , fir tree; for the cedar is fallen ; because the mightya are spoiled : howl , O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down .
There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds ; for their glory is spoiled : a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled .
Thus saith the LORD my God;Feed the flock of the slaughter;5
Whose possessorsslay them, and hold themselves not guilty : and they that sell them say , Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich : and their own shepherdspity them not.
For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land,saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliverb the men every one into his neighbour'shand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.
And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me twostaves; the one I calledBeauty, and the other I calledBands ; and I fed the flock.8Threeshepherds also I cut off in onemonth; and my soullothedc them, and their soul also abhorred me.
Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth , let it die ; and that that is to be cut off , let it be cut off ; and let the resteat every one the flesh of another.d