1 And the word
of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy,
and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds;
Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should
not the shepherds feed the flocks?
3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them
that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed
that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was
broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven
away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force
and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
5 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and
they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were
6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every
high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of
the earth, and none did search or seek after them.
7 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became
a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field,
because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search
for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not
9 Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD;
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds;
and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to
cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed
themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their
mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
11 For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both
search my sheep, and seek them out.
12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is
among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep,
and will deliver them out of all places where they have been
scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them
from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and
feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in
all the inhabited places of the country.
14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains
of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good
fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains
15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down,
saith the Lord GOD.
16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which
was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and
will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the
fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold,
I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the
18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good
pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of
your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye
must foul the residue with your feet?
19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden
with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with
20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even
I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.
21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed
all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them
22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be
a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.
23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed
them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall
be their shepherd.
24 And I the LORD will be their God, and my servant David a
prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.
25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause
the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell
safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods.
26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a
blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season;
there shall be showers of blessing.
27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the
earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their
land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken
the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand
of those that served themselves of them.
28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither
shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell
safely, and none shall make them afraid.
29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they
shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear
the shame of the heathen any more.
30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them,
and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith
the Lord GOD.
31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I
am your God, saith the Lord GOD.
1 Moreover the
word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy
3 And say unto it, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O mount
Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against
thee, and I will make thee most desolate.
4 I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and
thou shalt know that I am the LORD.
5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the
blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in
the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity
had an end:
6 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will prepare thee
unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: sith thou hast not
hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee.
7 Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from
it him that passeth out and him that returneth.
8 And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills,
and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that
are slain with the sword.
9 I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall
not return: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
10 Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries
shall be mine, and we will possess it; whereas the LORD was
11 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do
according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which
thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make
myself known among them, when I have judged thee.
12 And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard
all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains
of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us
13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have
multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.
14 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When the whole earth rejoiceth,
I will make thee desolate.
15 As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of
Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou
shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of
it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.
1 Also, thou son
of man, prophesy unto the mountains of Israel, and say, Ye mountains
of Israel, hear the word of the LORD:
2 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the enemy hath said against
you, Aha, even the ancient high places are ours in possession:
3 Therefore prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because
they have made you desolate, and swallowed you up on every side,
that ye might be a possession unto the residue of the heathen,
and ye are taken up in the lips of talkers, and are an infamy
of the people:
4 Therefore, ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord
GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD to the mountains, and to the hills,
to the rivers, and to the valleys, to the desolate wastes, and
to the cities that are forsaken, which became a prey and derision
to the residue of the heathen that are round about;
5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my
jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and
against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their
possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful
minds, to cast it out for a prey.
6 Prophesy therefore concerning the land of Israel, and say
unto the mountains, and to the hills, to the rivers, and to
the valleys, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I have spoken
in my jealousy and in my fury, because ye have borne the shame
of the heathen:
7 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I have lifted up mine hand,
Surely the heathen that are about you, they shall bear their
8 But ye, O mountains of Israel, ye shall shoot forth your branches,
and yield your fruit to my people of Israel; for they are at
hand to come.
9 For, behold, I am for you, and I will turn unto you, and ye
shall be tilled and sown:
10 And I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel,
even all of it: and the cities shall be inhabited, and the wastes
shall be builded:
11 And I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall
increase and bring fruit: and I will settle you after your old
estates, and will do better unto you than at your beginnings:
and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
12 Yea, I will cause men to walk upon you, even my people Israel;
and they shall possess thee, and thou shalt be their inheritance,
and thou shalt no more henceforth bereave them of men.
13 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because they say unto you, Thou
land devourest up men, and hast bereaved thy nations;
14 Therefore thou shalt devour men no more, neither bereave
thy nations any more, saith the Lord GOD.
15 Neither will I cause men to hear in thee the shame of the
heathen any more, neither shalt thou bear the reproach of the
people any more, neither shalt thou cause thy nations to fall
any more, saith the Lord GOD.
16 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
17 Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land,
they defiled it by their own way and by their doings: their
way was before me as the uncleanness of a removed woman.
18 Wherefore I poured my fury upon them for the blood that they
had shed upon the land, and for their idols wherewith they had
19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed
through the countries: according to their way and according
to their doings I judged them.
20 And when they entered unto the heathen, whither they went,
they profaned my holy name, when they said to them, These are
the people of the LORD, and are gone forth out of his land.
21 But I had pity for mine holy name, which the house of Israel
had profaned among the heathen, whither they went.
22 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for
mine holy name's sake, which ye have profaned among the heathen,
whither ye went.
23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among
the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and
the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD,
when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you
out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be
clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will
I cleanse you.
26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I
put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of
your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk
in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers;
and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
29 I will also save you from all your uncleannesses: and I will
call for the corn, and will increase it, and lay no famine upon
30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree, and the increase
of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine
among the heathen.
31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways, and your doings
that were not good, and shall lothe yourselves in your own sight
for your iniquities and for your abominations.
32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord GOD, be it known
unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house
33 Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day that I shall have cleansed
you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell
in the cities, and the wastes shall be builded.
34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate
in the sight of all that passed by.
35 And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become
like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined
cities are become fenced, and are inhabited.
36 Then the heathen that are left round about you shall know
that I the LORD build the ruined places, and plant that that
was desolate: I the LORD have spoken it, and I will do it.
37 Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will yet for this be enquired
of by the house of Israel, to do it for them; I will increase
them with men like a flock.
38 As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn
feasts; so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men:
and they shall know that I am the LORD.