Then the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
2"Son of man, prophesyagainst the 1shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and say to athose shepherds, 'Thussays the LordbGOD, "Woe, shepherds of Israelwho have beenc2feeding themselves! Should not the shepherdsd3feed the flock ?
"You 4eat the fat and clotheyourselves with the wool, you 5slaughter the fat sheep withoutefeeding the flock.
"Those who are sickly you have not strengthened, the fdiseased you have not healed, 6the broken you have not bound up, the scattered you have not broughtback, nor have you 7sought for the lost ; but with force and with severity you have dominated them.
"They were 8scattered for lack of a shepherd, and they became9food for everybeast of the field and were scattered.
"My flock10wandered through all the mountains and on everyhighhill ; 11My flock was scatteredoverall the surface of the earth, and there was 12noone to search or seek for them.""'
7Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD :
"As I live," declares the LordGOD, "surelybecause My flock has become a 13prey, My flock has even becomefood for all the beasts of the field for lack of a shepherd, and My shepherds did not search for My flock, but rather the shepherdsfed themselves and did not feed My flock ;
9therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD :
10'Thussays the LordGOD, "Behold, I am 14against the shepherds, and I will demand My gsheephfrom them and make them 15cease from feedingisheep. So the shepherds will not jfeed themselves anymore, but I will 16deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them.""'
For thussays the LordGOD, "Behold, I Myself will 17search for My sheep and seek them out.
"18As a shepherdkcares for his herd in the day when he is among his scatteredlsheep, so I will m19care for My nsheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a 20cloudy and gloomyday.
"I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and bring them to their own land ; and I will 21feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the 22streams, and in all the inhabitedplaces of the land.
"I will feed them in a 23goodpasture, and their grazingground will be on the mountainheights of Israel. There they will liedown on goodgrazingground and feed in o24richpasture on the mountains of Israel.
"I will 25feed My flock and I will plead them to rest," declares the LordGOD.
"I will seek the lost, bringback the scattered, bind up the broken and strengthen the sick ; but the 26fat and the strong I will destroy. I will 27feed them with judgment.
"As for you, My flock, thussays the LordGOD, 'Behold, I will 28judgebetween one qsheep and another, between the rams and the malegoats.
'Is it too29slight a thing for you that you should feed in the goodpasture, that you must treaddown with your feet the rest of your pastures ? Or that you should drink of the clearwaters, that you must rfoul the rest with your feet ?
'As for My flock, they must eatwhat you treaddown with your feet and drinkwhat you sfoul with your feet !' "
20Therefore, thussays the LordGOD to them, "Behold, I, even I, will judgebetween the fatsheep and the leansheep.
21"Because you push with side and with shoulder, and 30thrust at all the tweak with your hornsuntil you have scattered them uabroad,
therefore, I will 31deliver My flock, and they will nolonger be a prey ; and I will judgebetween one sheep and another.
"Then I will 32setover them one33shepherd, My servant34David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.
"And I, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant35David will be princeamong them; I the LORD have spoken.
"I will make a 36covenant of peace with them and 37eliminateharmfulbeasts from the land so that they may 38livesecurely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
"I will make them and the placesaround My hill a 39blessing. And I will cause 40showers to comedown in their season ; they will be showers of 41blessing.
"Also the tree of the field will yield its fruit and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be 42secure on their land. Then they will know that I am the LORD, when I have 43broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them.
"They will nolonger be a prey to the nations, and the beasts of the earth will not devour them; but they will 44livesecurely, and noone will make them afraid.
"I will establish for them a 45renownedplantingplace, and they will 46not again be vvictims of famine in the land, and they will not 47endure the insults of the nationsanymore.
"Then they will know that 48I, the LORD their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are My people," declares the LordGOD.
"As for you, My 49sheep, the 50sheep of My pasture, you are men, and I am your God," declares the LordGOD.