that the fire may devour your cedars.
because the stately ones are destroyed.
Wail, you oaks of Bashan,
for the strong forest has come down.
4This is what Yahweh my God says: “Feed the flock doomed to be slaughtered.
5Their buyers slaughter them and go unpunished. Those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be Yahweh, for I am rich,’ and their own shepherds do not pity them.
6For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land, says Yahweh, but behold, I will deliver the people—each of them—into his neighbor’s hand, and into the hand of his king. They will strike the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them.”
7So I shepherded the flock doomed to be slaughtered, especially the oppressed of the flock. I took for myself two staffs. The one I called “Favor,” and the other I called “Union,” and I shepherded the flock.
8I cut off three of the shepherds in one month; for my soul was weary of them, and their soul also loathed me.
9Then I said, “I will not feed you. What dies, let it die; and what is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let those who are left eat each other’s flesh.”
10I took my staff Favor, and cut it apart, that I might break my covenant that I had made with all the peoples.
11It was broken in that day; and thus the poor of the flock that listened to me knew that it was the word of Yahweh.
12I said to them, “If you think it best, give me my wages; and if not, keep them.” So they weighed for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
13Yahweh said to me, “Throw it to the potter,”—the magnificent price that I was valued at by them! I took the thirty pieces of silver, and threw them to the potter in the house of Yahweh.
14Then I cut apart my other staff, even Union, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
15Yahweh said to me, “Take again for yourself the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
16For behold, I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not visit those who are cut off, nor will seek those who are scattered, nor heal that which is broken, nor feed that which is sound, but he will eat the flesh of the fat sheep, and will tear their hoofs in pieces.