Zechariah 11:4

Two Shepherds

4 This is what the LORD my God says: “Shepherd the flock marked for slaughter.

Zechariah 11:4 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;
English Standard Version (ESV)
4 Thus said the LORD my God: "Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter.
New Living Translation (NLT)
4 This is what the LORD my God says: “Go and care for the flock that is intended for slaughter.
The Message Bible (MSG)
4 Make room for the returning exiles! Breaking the Beautiful Covenant
American Standard Version (ASV)
4 Thus said Jehovah my God: Feed the flock of slaughter;
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
4 This is what the LORD my God says: Take care of the sheep that are about to be slaughtered.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
4 The Lord my God says this: "Shepherd the flock intended for slaughter.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
4 The LORD my God says, "Take care of the sheep that are set apart to be sacrificed.

Zechariah 11:4 Meaning and Commentary

Zechariah 11:4

Thus saith the Lord my God
The Syriac version adds, "to me"; not the Prophet Zechariah, but the Messiah, who calls the Lord his God, as he was man and Mediator, ( John 20:17 ) for what follow are the words of God the Father to him, calling upon him, and giving him a commission to Feed the flock of the slaughter;
meaning the people of the Jews in general, to whom Christ was sent as a prophet, to teach and instruct them by the ministry of the word; so "feeding" is interpreted of prophesying, by the Targum and Jarchi: and these are called "the flock of slaughter", because of the cruel usage they met with from their shepherds and owners, mentioned in the next verse ( Zechariah 11:5 ) ; and because they were appointed and given up to ruin and destruction of God, on account of their sins and transgressions; though there was a remnant among them, a little flock, afterwards in this chapter called the poor of the flock ( Zechariah 11:7 ) , who were the special care of Christ, and were fed by him in a spiritual manner; and may go by this name, because exposed to the cruelties of men, and are accounted as sheep for the slaughter, ( Romans 8:36 ) these Christ was called upon by his Father in the council of peace to take care of, which he did; and in the everlasting covenant of grace he agreed to feed them; and in the fulness of time he was sent to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, who were as sheep without a shepherd; and he fed them with knowledge and with understanding.

Zechariah 11:4 In-Context

2 Wail, you juniper, for the cedar has fallen; the stately trees are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan; the dense forest has been cut down!
3 Listen to the wail of the shepherds; their rich pastures are destroyed! Listen to the roar of the lions; the lush thicket of the Jordan is ruined!
4 This is what the LORD my God says: “Shepherd the flock marked for slaughter.
5 Their buyers slaughter them and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, ‘Praise the LORD, I am rich!’ Their own shepherds do not spare them.
6 For I will no longer have pity on the people of the land,” declares the LORD. “I will give everyone into the hands of their neighbors and their king. They will devastate the land, and I will not rescue anyone from their hands.”

Cross References 1

  • 1. S Jeremiah 25:34
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