Ezekiel 34:17

17 "'And as for you, my dear flock, I'm stepping in and judging between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.

Ezekiel 34:17 Meaning and Commentary

Ezekiel 34:17

And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God
Having done with the shepherds, and the complaint against them, the Lord proceeds to take notice of the flock, or the people themselves, and the evils that were among them; for in the Lord's own flock, in the nation and church of Israel, as now in the visible congregated churches of Christ, there were two sorts of persons, some good, others bad; some that behaved well, and others ill; some were sheep, and others goats: behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the
he goats:
between the smaller and weaker cattle, the sheep and the lambs; and the larger and stronger cattle, the rams and he goats; by which latter may he meant persons of superior power and authority, of greater wealth and riches, and of more wisdom and knowledge, at least in their own conceits; and who were oppressive and injurious to the poor and common people, and less knowing, at least as they thought; who may be intended by the former: now, the Lord, as he observed a difference between them, he would make this manifest, and take the part of the one against the other; even the part of the weaker against the stronger. The Targum is,

``behold, judge between man and man, sinners and the ungodly.''

Ezekiel 34:17 In-Context

15 And I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep. I myself will make sure they get plenty of rest.
16 I'll go after the lost, I'll collect the strays, I'll doctor the injured, I'll build up the weak ones and oversee the strong ones so they're not exploited.
17 "'And as for you, my dear flock, I'm stepping in and judging between one sheep and another, between rams and goats.
18 Aren't you satisfied to feed in good pasture without taking over the whole place? Can't you be satisfied to drink from the clear stream without muddying the water with your feet?
19 Why do the rest of my sheep have to make do with grass that's trampled down and water that's been muddied?