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Ezekiel 34:23-24

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34:23 I will set one shepherd over them, and he will feed them – namely, my servant David. 1  He will feed them and will be their shepherd. 34:24 I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David will be prince 2  among them; I, the Lord, have spoken!

Ezekiel 37:24-25

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37:24 “‘My servant David will be king over them; there will be one shepherd for all of them. They will follow 3  my regulations and carefully observe my statutes. 4  37:25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, in which your fathers lived; they will live in it – they and their children and their grandchildren forever. David my servant will be prince over them forever.

1 sn The messianic king is here called “David” (see Jer 30:9 and Hos 3:5, as well as Isa 11:1 and Mic 5:2) because he will fulfill the Davidic royal ideal depicted in the prophets and royal psalms (see Ps 2, 89).

2 sn The messianic king (“David”) is called both “king” and “prince” in 37:24-25. The use of the term “prince” for this king facilitates the contrast between this ideal ruler and the Davidic “princes” denounced in earlier prophecies (see 7:27; 12:10, 12; 19:1; 21:25; 22:6, 25).

3 tn Heb “walk [in].”

4 tn Heb “and my statutes they will guard and they will do them.”



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