11:6 Indeed, I will no longer have compassion on the people of the land,” says the Lord, “but instead I will turn every last person over to his neighbor and his king. They will devastate the land, and I will not deliver it from them.”
11:8 Next I eradicated the three shepherds in one month, 1 for I ran out of patience with them and, indeed, they detested me as well.
11:9 I then said, “I will not shepherd you. What is to die, let it die, and what is to be eradicated, let it be eradicated. As for those who survive, let them eat each other’s flesh!”
11:16 Indeed, I am about to raise up a shepherd in the land who will not take heed to the sheep headed to slaughter, will not seek the scattered, and will not heal the injured. 2 Moreover, he will not nourish the one that is healthy but instead will eat the meat of the fat sheep 3 and tear off their hooves.
1 sn Zechariah is only dramatizing what God had done historically (see the note on the word “cedars” in 11:1). The “one month” probably means just any short period of time in which three kings ruled in succession. Likely candidates are Elah, Zimri, Tibni (1 Kgs 16:8-20); Zechariah, Shallum, Menahem (2 Kgs 15:8-16); or Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin, Zedekiah (2 Kgs 24:1–25:7).
2 tn Heb “the broken” (so KJV, NASB; NRSV “the maimed”).
3 tn Heb “the fat [ones].” Cf. ASV “the fat sheep”; NIV “the choice sheep.”