Israel’s Shepherds: Good and Bad
1Open your gates, Lebanon,
and fire will consume your cedars. Jdg 9:15; 2Kg 19:23; Ps 29:5; Sg 5:15; Is 2:13
2Wail, cypress, Is 14:8 for the cedar has fallen;
the glorious trees are destroyed!
Wail, oaks of Bashan, Is 2:13; Ezk 27:6
for the stately forest has fallen!
3Listen to the wail Is 15:8; Zph 1:10 of the shepherds, Zch 10:2-3
for their glory is destroyed.
Listen to the roar of young lions, Jb 4:10; Ps 34:10; Is 5:29; Nah 2:11
for the thickets of the Jordan Jr 49:19 are Lit for the majesty of the Jordan is destroyed.
4Yahweh my God says this: “Shepherd the flock intended for slaughter.
5Those who buy them slaughter them but are not punished. Ps 34:22 Those who sell them say: Praise the Lord because I have become rich! Even their own shepherds have no compassion for them.
6Indeed, I will no longer have compassion on the inhabitants of the land” — this is the Lord’s declaration. “Instead, I will turn everyone over to his neighbor and his king. They will devastate the land, and I will not deliver it from them.” Jr 13:14; Lm 2:2,17,21; Ezk 7:4,9
7So I shepherded the flock intended for slaughter, the afflicted of the flock. LXX reads slaughter that belonged to the sheep merchants I took two staffs, calling one Favor Ps 90:17; Zch 11:10 and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock.
8In one month I got rid of three shepherds. I became impatient with them, and they also detested me.
9Then I said, “I will no longer shepherd you. Let what is dying die, and let what is going astray go astray; let the rest devour each other’s flesh.”
10Next I took my staff called Favor and cut it in two, annulling the covenant I had made with all the peoples.
11It was annulled on that day, and so the afflicted of the flock LXX reads and the sheep merchants who were watching me knew that it was the word of the Lord.
12Then I said to them, “If it seems right to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” So they weighed my wages, 30 pieces of silver. Ex 21:32
13“Throw it to the potter,” Syr reads treasury the Lord said to me — this magnificent price I was valued by them. So I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw it into the house of the Lord, to the potter. One Hb ms, Syr read treasury Mt 26:15; 27:3-10
14Then I cut in two my second staff, Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
15The Lord also said to me: “Take the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
16I am about to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are going astray, and he will not seek the lost Lit young or heal the broken. He will not sustain the healthy, Or exhausted but he will devour the flesh of the fat sheep Ezk 34:3-4 and tear off their hooves.
17Woe to the worthless shepherd
who deserts the flock! Jr 23:2
May a sword strike Lit be against his arm
and his right eye!
May his arm wither away
and his right eye go completely blind! ”