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Zechariah 11 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 Open your doors, [O] Lebanon, so that fire will devour your cedars! 2 Wail, O juniper,a for [the] cedar has fallen, for [the] magnificent [trees] are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the impenetrable forest has come down! 3 [Listen to] the wailing of the shepherds, for their splendor is ruined! [Listen to] the roar of [the] young lions, for the thickets of the Jordan are ruined!

The Two Shepherds

4 Thus says Yahweh my God: "Shepherd the flockb [doomed] to slaughter. 5 The ones buying them kill them and go unpunished, and the ones selling them say, 'Blessed [be] Yahweh, for I have become rich.' Their own shepherds have no compassion for them. 6 For I will no longer have compassion on the inhabitants of the land," {declares}c Yahweh. "Look, I [am] going to cause humankind to fall, each into the hand of his neighbor, and into the hand of his king; and they will devastate the land, and I will not deliver [anyone] from their hand." 7 And I shepherded the flockd [doomed] to slaughter, evene the afflictedf of the flock.g I took two staffs, one I called Kindness, and the other I called Unity, and I shepherded the flock.h 8 And I got rid of three shepherds in one month, for {I grew impatient}i with them, and {they also became tired of me}.j 9 So I said, "I will not shepherd you! The [one] dying will die, and the [one] to be destroyed will be destroyed. And the [ones] remaining, let them devour {the flesh of each other}."k 10 And I took my staff Kindness and broke it, to break my covenant that I {had made}l with all the peoples. 11 And it was broken on that day. Then the afflictedm of the flock,n the [ones who were] watching me, knew that it [was] the word of Yahweh. 12 And I said to them, "If {it seems right to you},o give [me] my wages, but if not, {keep them}."p And they weighed out my wages, thirty silver [shekels]. 13 And Yahweh said to me, "Throw it to the potter,"q {this noble price}r [at] which I was valued by them!" So I took the thirty silver [shekels] and I threw them to the potters [in] the house of Yahweh. 14 Then I broke my second staff Unity to break the family ties between Judah and Israel. 15 And Yahweh said to me, "Take again the implementst of a foolish shepherd. 16 For look, I [am] raising up a shepherd in the land who will not attend to the [ones that are] perishing; he will not seek the young man,u he will not heal the [ones that are] crushed and he will not sustain the healthy [ones]; he will devour the flesh of the {fattened ones}v and tear apart [even] their hoofs. 17 "Woe, my worthless shepherd who deserts the flock!w [May] a sword [fall] on his arm and on {his right eye}!x May his arm wither completely and {his right eye}y be utterly blinded!"
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