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Zechariah 11 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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Desolation of Israel
Prophecy About the Shepherds
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:1 - Open your doors, O Lebanon,
That fire may devour your cedars.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:2 - Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen,
Because the mighty trees are ruined.
Wail, O oaks of Bashan,
For the thick forest has come down.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:3 - There is the sound of wailing shepherds!
For their glory is in ruins.
There is the sound of roaring lions!
For the pride[fn] of the Jordan is in ruins.
Prophecy of the Shepherds
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:4 - Thus says the LORD my God, “Feed the flock for slaughter,
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:5 - “whose owners slaughter them and feel no guilt; those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the LORD, for I am rich’; and their shepherds do not pity them.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:6 - “For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land,” says the LORD. “But indeed I will give everyone into his neighbor’s hand and into the hand of his king. They shall attack the land, and I will not deliver them from their hand.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:7 - So I fed the flock for slaughter, in particular the poor of the flock.[fn] I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Beauty,[fn] and the other I called Bonds;[fn] and I fed the flock.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:8 - I dismissed the three shepherds in one month. My soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:9 - Then I said, “I will not feed you. Let what is dying die, and what is perishing perish. Let those that are left eat each other’s flesh.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:10 - And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it in two, that I might break the covenant which I had made with all the peoples.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:11 - So it was broken on that day. Thus the poor[fn] of the flock, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:12 - Then I said to them, “If it is agreeable to you, give me my wages; and if not, refrain.” So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:13 - And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—that princely price they set on me. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD for the potter.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:14 - Then I cut in two my other staff, Bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:15 - And the LORD said to me, “Next, take for yourself the implements of a foolish shepherd.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:16 - “For indeed I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off, nor seek the young, nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand. But he will eat the flesh of the fat and tear their hooves in pieces.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:17 - “Woe to the worthless shepherd,
Who leaves the flock!
A sword shall be against his arm
And against his right eye;
His arm shall completely wither,
And his right eye shall be totally blinded.”
NKJV Footnotes
Or floodplain, thicket
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Septuagint reads for the Canaanites.
Or Grace, and so in verse 10
Or Unity, and so in verse 14
Following Masoretic Text, Targum, and Vulgate; Septuagint reads the Canaanites.

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