The Doomed Flock

1 Open your doors, O Lebanon, That a 1fire may feed on your 2cedars.
2 Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed; Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the impenetrable forest has come down.
3 There is a sound of the shepherds' 3wail, For their glory is ruined; There is a 4sound of the young lions' roar, For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.
4 Thus says the LORD my God, "Pasture the flock doomed to 5slaughter.
5 "Those who buy them slay them and go 6unpunished *, and each of those who sell them says, 'Blessed be the LORD, for 7I have become rich!' And their 8own shepherds have no pity on them.
6 "For I will 9no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land," declares the LORD; "but behold, I will 10cause the men to fall, each into another's power and into the power of his king; and they will strike the land, and I will 11not deliver them from their power."
7 So I 12pastured the flock doomed to slaughter, hence the 13afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two 14staffs: the one I called 15Favor and the other I called 16Union; so I pastured the flock.
8 Then I annihilated the three shepherds in 17one month, for my soul was impatient with them, and their soul also was weary of me.
9 Then I said, "I will not pasture you. What is to 18die, let it die, and what is to be annihilated, let it be annihilated; and let those who are left eat one another's flesh."
10 I took my staff 19Favor and cut it in pieces, to 20break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
11 So it was broken on that day, and thus the 21afflicted of the flock who were watching me realized that it was the word of the LORD.
12 I said to them, "If it is good in your sight, give me my 22wages; but if not, never mind!" So they weighed out 23thirty shekels of silver as my wages.
13 Then the LORD said to me, "Throw it to the 24potter, that magnificent price at which I was valued by them." So I took the thirty shekels of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
15 The LORD said to me, "Take again for yourself the equipment of a 27foolish shepherd.
16 "For behold, I am going to raise up a shepherd in the land who will 28not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, heal the broken, or sustain the one standing, but will 29devour the flesh of the fat sheep and tear off their hoofs.
17 "30Woe to the worthless shepherd Who leaves the flock! A 31sword will be on his arm And on his right eye! His 32arm will be totally withered And his right eye will be blind."