This is what the LORD my God says: “Go and care for the flock that is intended for slaughter.
The buyers slaughter their sheep without remorse. The sellers say, ‘Praise the LORD ! Now I’m rich!’ Even the shepherds have no compassion for them.
Likewise, I will no longer have pity on the people of the land,” says the LORD . “I will let them fall into each other’s hands and into the hands of their king. They will turn the land into a wilderness, and I will not rescue them.”
So I cared for the flock intended for slaughter—the flock that was oppressed. Then I took two shepherd’s staffs and named one Favor and the other Union.
I got rid of their three evil shepherds in a single month. But I became impatient with these sheep, and they hated me, too.
So I told them, “I won’t be your shepherd any longer. If you die, you die. If you are killed, you are killed. And let those who remain devour each other!”
Then I took my staff called Favor and cut it in two, showing that I had revoked the covenant I had made with all the nations.
That was the end of my covenant with them. The suffering flock was watching me, and they knew that the LORD was speaking through my actions.
And I said to them, “If you like, give me my wages, whatever I am worth; but only if you want to.” So they counted out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter ”—this magnificent sum at which they valued me! So I took the thirty coins and threw them to the potter in the Temple of the LORD .
Then I took my other staff, Union, and cut it in two, showing that the bond of unity between Judah and Israel was broken.