Ezekiel Chapter 34  PDF  MSWord

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1The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
  2“Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and tell them, even to the shepherds: This is what the Lord Yahweh says: Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Shouldn’t the shepherds feed the sheep?
  3You eat the fat, and you clothe yourself with the wool, you kill the fatlings, but you do not feed the sheep.
  4The weak you have not strengthened, the sick you have not healed, the injured you have not bound up, those which were driven away you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and with force and harshness you have ruled them.
  5So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and they became food to all the wild animals of the field, and were scattered.
  6My sheep wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill, yes, my sheep were scattered over all the surface of the earth and there was none who searched or sought for them.

7Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of Yahweh:
  8As I live, says the Lord Yahweh, surely because my sheep became a prey, and my sheep became food to all the animals of the field because there was no shepherd, nor did my shepherds search for my sheep but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed my sheep,
  9therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of Yahweh.

10This is what the Lord Yahweh says: Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand, and I will put a stop to their feeding the sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves any more, for I will deliver my sheep from their mouth so that they will not be food for them.

11For this is what the Lord Yahweh says: Behold, I myself, even I, will search for my sheep and will seek them out.
  12As a shepherd seeks out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so I will seek out my sheep, and I will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered on the cloudy and dark day.
  13I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the streams, and in all the inhabited places of the land.
  14I will feed them in a good pasture, and on the mountains of the height of Israel their grazing land will be. They will lie down there on good grazing land, and in rich pastures they will feed on the mountains of Israel.
  15I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will cause them to lie down, says the Lord Yahweh.
  16I will seek that which was lost, and will bring back that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick; but the fat and the strong I will destroy, I will feed them with justice.

17As for you, O my flock, this is what the Lord Yahweh says: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, the rams and the he-goats.
  18Is it not enough for you to feed on the good pasture? Must you also trample the rest of your pasture with your feet? And is it not enough that you drink of the clear waters, but must you foul the rest with your feet?
  19And as for my sheep, they must eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they must drink what you have fouled with your feet!

20Therefore this is what the Lord Yahweh says to them: Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.
  21Because you thrust with side and with shoulder, and push all the diseased with your horns until you have scattered them abroad,
  22therefore will I save my flock, and they will no more be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
  23I will set up one shepherd over them, and he will feed them, even my servant David; he will feed them, and he will be their shepherd.
  24I, Yahweh, will be their God, and my servant David will be prince among them. I, Yahweh, have spoken it.

25I will make with them a covenant of peace, and I will cause evil animals to cease out of the land; and they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
  26I will make them and the places around my hill a blessing, and I will cause the shower to come down in its season; there will be showers of blessing.
  27The tree of the field will yield its fruit, and the earth will yield its increase, and they will be secure in their land; and they will know that I am Yahweh, when I have broken the bars of their yoke and have delivered them out of the hand of those who made slaves of them.
  28They will no more be a prey to the nations, nor will the animals of the earth devour them; but they will dwell securely, and nothing will make them afraid.
  29I will raise up to them a plantation for renown, and they will be no more consumed with famine in the land, nor bear the shame of the nations any more.
  30They will know that I, Yahweh their God, am with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, says the Lord Yahweh.
  31You my sheep, the sheep of my pasture, are human beings and I am your God, says the Lord Yahweh.”

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