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Ezekiel 34 (Lexham English Bible)

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Prophecy Concerning Israel’s Shepherds and Sheep

1 And the word of Yahweh {came}a to me, {saying}, 2 "Son of man,b prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and you must say to them, to the shepherds, 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Woe [to] the shepherds of Israel who were feeding themselves! Must not the shepherds feed the flock? 3 The fat you eat, and you clothe [yourself] [with] the wool; the well-nourished [animals] you slaughter, [but] you do not feed the flock. 4 The weak you [have] not strengthened, and the sick you [have] not healed, and {with respect to}c the hurtd you have not bound [them up], and you [have] not brought back the scattered, and you [have] not sought the lost, but [rather] you ruled over them with forcee and with ruthlessness. 5 And they were scattered {without}f a shepherd, and they wereg as food for all the animalsh of the field [when] they were scattered. 6 My flock went astray upon all of the mountains and on every high hill, and [so] upon all the surface of the worldi my flock were scattered, and {there was no one seeking them},j and {there was no one searching for them}."k 7 Therefore, hear, [O] shepherds, the word of Yahweh: 8 "{As I live},"l {declares}m the Lord Yahweh, "{Surely}n because my flock have become as plunder, and my flock became as food too all the animalsp of the field, since there was not a shepherd, [since] my shepherds [have] not sought my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and they fed not my flock,'" 9 therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of Yahweh, 10 'Thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Look! I [am] against the shepherds, and I will seek my flock from their hand, and I will put an end to them from shepherding flocks, and the shepherds will {no longer}q feed themselves, and I will deliver my flocks from their mouth, so that they will not be as food for them." 11 " 'For thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Look! I, even I, will seek my flock, and I will look after them, 12 [just] like [the] caring of a shepherd [for] his herd onr the day when he is in the midst of his scattered flock. Thus I will look after my flock, and I will deliver them from all the places {to which they were scattered}s on [the] day {of storm and stress}.t 13 And I will bring them out from the peoples, and I will gather them from the countries, and I will bring them to their soil, and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, in the valleys, and in all of the settlements of the land. 14 I will feed them in good pasture, and their pasture will be on the mountains of the heights of Israel; there they will lie down in good pasture, and [on] lush pasture they will feed on the mountains of Israel. 15 {I myself}u will feed my flock and {I myself}v will allow them to lie down," {declares}w the Lord Yahweh. 16 "I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the scattered, and I will bind [up] the one hurt, and I will strengthen the sick; and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed her with justice." 17 " 'And you, my flock, thus says the Lord Yahweh: "Look! I [am] judging between {one sheep and another},x between the rams and between the he-goats. 18 {Is it not enough for you}y [that] you feed on the good pasture? And [still] you must trample the remainder of your pasture with your feet, and {clear water}z you drink, and the {leftover water}aa you must make muddy with your feet. 19 And my flock must graze the [pasture] treaded upon bybb your feet, and must drink the mud puddle [stirred up] bycc your feet." 20 " 'Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh to them: "Look! I, even I will judge between fat sheep and between lean sheep, 21 because with [your] flank and with [your] shoulder you shoved, and with your horns you pushed all of the sick [animals] {until}dd you scattered itee to the outside. 22 And [so] I will save my flock, and {they will no longer be}ff for plunder, and I will judge between {one sheep and another}.gg 23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, and he will feed them; [that is], my servant David. He will feed them, and he will be for them ashh a shepherd. 24 And I, Yahweh, I will be for them {as God},ii and my servant David [will be] a leader in the midst of them. I, Yahweh, I have spoken. 25 And I will make them a covenant of peace, and I will put an end to wild animalsjj from the land, and they will dwell in the desert {safely},kk and they will sleep in the forest. 26 And I will make them and [the area] all around my hill a blessing, and I will let the rain go down {at its appointed time};ll they will be rains of blessing. 27 And the treemm of the field will give its fruit, and the land will give its produce, and they will be on their land {safely},nn and they will know that I [am] Yahweh when I break their yoke, and I will deliver them from the hand of the ones enslaving them. 28 And they will not be [any] longer plunder to the nations, and the animals of the land will not eat them, and they will dwell {in safety},oo and [there will] not [be anyone] frightening [them]. 29 And I will raise for them a garden plotpp of renown, and they will {no longer}qq be victims of famine in the land, and they will not bear any more the insult of the nations. 30 And they will know that I, Yahweh their God, [am] with them and they [are] my people, the house of Israel," {declares}rr the Lord Yahweh, 31 "and you [are] my flock, the flock of my pasture. You [are] {my people};ss I [am] your God," {declares}tt the Lord Yahweh.'"
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