Shepherd your people with your shepherd’s rod, 1 the flock that belongs to you, 2 the one that lives alone in a thicket, in the midst of a pastureland. 3 Allow them to graze in Bashan and Gilead, 4 as they did in the old days. 5
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. 1 Moreover, he will not nourish the one that is healthy but instead will eat the meat of the fat sheep 2 and tear off their hooves.
Indeed, this is what the Lord says to me: “The Lord will be like a growling lion, like a young lion growling over its prey. 1 Though a whole group of shepherds gathers against it, it is not afraid of their shouts or intimidated by their yelling. 2 In this same way the Lord who commands armies will descend to do battle on Mount Zion and on its hill. 3
Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked – the God who has been my shepherd 1 all my life long to this day,
In the past, when Saul was our king, you were the real leader in Israel. 1 The Lord said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel; you will rule over Israel.’”
When all the flocks were gathered there, the shepherds 1 would roll the stone off the mouth of the well and water the sheep. Then they would put the stone back in its place over the well’s mouth.
They will travel to Sheol like sheep, 1 with death as their shepherd. 2 The godly will rule 3 over them when the day of vindication dawns; 4 Sheol will consume their bodies and they will no longer live in impressive houses. 5
He will set fire 1 to the temples of the gods of Egypt. He will burn their gods or carry them off as captives. 2 He will pick Egypt clean like a shepherd picks the lice from his clothing. 3 He will leave there unharmed. 4
Tell him, ‘Your servants have taken care of cattle 1 from our youth until now, both we and our fathers,’ so that you may live in the land of Goshen, 2 for everyone who takes care of sheep is disgusting 3 to the Egyptians.”
In the past, even when Saul was king, you were Israel’s commanding general. 1 The Lord your God said to you, ‘You will shepherd my people Israel; you will rule over my people Israel.’”
So the Lord God of Israel has this to say about the leaders who are ruling over his people: “You have caused my people 1 to be dispersed and driven into exile. You have not taken care of them. So I will punish you for the evil that you have done. 2 I, the Lord, affirm it! 3
All the tithe of herd or flock, everything which passes under the rod, the tenth one will be holy to the Lord. 1