Ezekiel 34:23-24

23 And 1I will set up over them one shepherd, 2my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.
24 And 3I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. 4I am the LORD; I have spoken.

Ezekiel 34:23-24 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO EZEKIEL 34

In the former chapter the prophet prophesies against the people of the Jews, both those of the captivity, and those who were not; and here against the shepherds of Israel. This he is bid to do, Eze 34:1,2, whose cruelty to the flock, negligence and unfaithfulness are exposed, Eze 34:3-6, for which reasons they are threatened to be deprived of their office, Eze 34:7-10, and the Lord promises to take the care of the flock upon himself, to seek out his sheep, and feed them, and do every kind office to them, Eze 34:11-16 and then the strong of the flock, that oppressed the weak, are threatened with punishment, Eze 34:17-22 and the promise of the Messiah, as the shepherd of the flock, is made, under whom all prosperity and happiness might be expected, Eze 34:23-31.

Ezekiel 34:23-24 In-Context

21 Because you push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns, till you have scattered them abroad,
22 I will rescue my flock; they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and sheep.
23 And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.
24 And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.
25 "I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing.

Cross References 4

  • 1. Ezekiel 37:22, 24; Jeremiah 23:4, 5; Micah 5:4; Micah 7:14; [ver. 15; John 10:11, 16]
  • 2. Ezekiel 37:24, 25; [2 Samuel 5:2; Psalms 78:71, 72]
  • 3. See Ezekiel 37:27; Exodus 29:45; Leviticus 26:12
  • 4. See Ezekiel 17:24