Now I hear that they are shearing sheep for you. When your shepherds were with us, we neither insulted them nor harmed them the whole time they were in Carmel.
Micaiah 1 said, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains like sheep that have no shepherd. Then the Lord said, ‘They have no master. They should go home in peace.’”
Micaiah 1 replied, “I saw all Israel scattered on the mountains like sheep that have no shepherd. Then the Lord said, ‘They have no master. They should go home in peace.’”
Like a shepherd he tends his flock; he gathers up the lambs with his arm; he carries them close to his heart; 1 he leads the ewes along.
who commissions 1 Cyrus, the one I appointed as shepherd 2 to carry out all my wishes 3 and to decree concerning Jerusalem, ‘She will be rebuilt,’ and concerning the temple, ‘It will be reconstructed.’” 4
Wail and cry out in anguish, you rulers! Roll in the dust, you who shepherd flocks of people! 1 The time for you to be slaughtered has come. You will lie scattered and fallen like broken pieces of fine pottery. 2
Hear what the Lord has to say, O nations. Proclaim it in the faraway lands along the sea. Say, “The one who scattered Israel will regather them. He will watch over his people like a shepherd watches over his flock.”
“I, the Lord who rules over all, say: 1 ‘This place will indeed lie in ruins. There will be no people or animals in it. But there will again be in it and in its towns sheepfolds where shepherds can rest their sheep.
“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds 1 have allow them to go astray. They have wandered around in the mountains. They have roamed from one mountain and hill to another. 2 They have forgotten their resting place.
As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will seek out my flock. I will rescue them from all the places where they have been scattered on a cloudy, dark day. 1
This is what the Lord says: “Just as a shepherd salvages from the lion’s mouth a couple of leg bones or a piece of an ear, so the Israelites who live in Samaria will be salvaged. 1 They will be left with just a corner of a bed, 2 and a part 3 of a couch.”
For the household gods 1 have spoken wickedness, the soothsayers have seen a lie, and as for the dreamers, they have disclosed emptiness and give comfort in vain. Therefore the people set out like sheep and become scattered because they have no shepherd. 2
Those who buy them 1 slaughter them and are not held guilty; those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the Lord, for I am rich.’ Their own shepherds have no compassion for them.
Woe to the worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! May a sword fall on his arm and his right eye! May his arm wither completely away, and his right eye become completely blind!”
My judgment will carry off all your leaders like a storm wind! 1 Your allies will go into captivity. Then you will certainly 2 be disgraced and put to shame because of all the wickedness you have done.
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!”