(One of Saul’s servants was there that day, detained before the Lord. His name was Doeg the Edomite, who was in charge of Saul’s shepherds.)
While he was still speaking with them, Rachel arrived with her father’s sheep, for she was tending them. 1
I myself will feed my sheep and I myself will make them lie down, declares the sovereign Lord.
“A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan 1 scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. 2 So too I will chase the Edomites off their land. 3 Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. 4 For there is no one like me, and there is no one who can call me to account. 5 There is no 6 ruler 7 who can stand up against me.
“A lion coming up from the thick undergrowth along the Jordan scatters the sheep in the pastureland around it. So too I will chase the Babylonians off of their land. Then I will appoint over it whomever I choose. For there is no one like me. There is no one who can call me to account. There is no ruler that can stand up against me.
The following is a record of what Amos prophesied. 1 He 2 was one of the herdsmen from Tekoa. These prophecies about Israel were revealed to him 3 during the time of 4 King Uzziah of Judah and 5 King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake. 6
He will assume his post 1 and shepherd the people 2 by the Lord’s strength, by the sovereign authority of the Lord his God. 3 They will live securely, 4 for at that time he will be honored 5 even in the distant regions of 6 the earth.
Jacob asked them, “My brothers, where are you from?” They replied, “We’re from Haran.”
The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” 1
You will also take in your hand this staff, with which you will do the signs.” 1
The land of Judah will be inhabited by people who live in its towns as well as by farmers and shepherds with their flocks. 1
They will rule 1 the land of Assyria with the sword, the land of Nimrod 2 with a drawn sword. 3 Our king 4 will rescue us from the Assyrians should they attempt to invade our land and try to set foot in our territory.
“We can’t,” they said, “until all the flocks are gathered and the stone is rolled off the mouth of the well. Then we water 1 the sheep.”
You led your people like a flock of sheep, by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
But after I am raised, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”