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Zechariah 11 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:1 - Open your doors, Lebanon,
so that fire may devour your cedar forests.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:2 - Weep, you cypress trees, for all the ruined cedars;
the most majestic ones have fallen.
Weep, you oaks of Bashan,
for the thick forests have been cut down.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:3 - Listen to the wailing of the shepherds,
for their rich pastures are destroyed.
Hear the young lions roaring,
for their thickets in the Jordan Valley are ruined.
The Good and Evil Shepherds
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:4 - This is what the LORD my God says: “Go and care for the flock that is intended for slaughter.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:5 - The buyers slaughter their sheep without remorse. The sellers say, ‘Praise the LORD! Now I’m rich!’ Even the shepherds have no compassion for them.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:6 - Likewise, I will no longer have pity on the people of the land,” says the LORD. “I will let them fall into each other’s hands and into the hands of their king. They will turn the land into a wilderness, and I will not rescue them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:7 - So I cared for the flock intended for slaughter—the flock that was oppressed. Then I took two shepherd’s staffs and named one Favor and the other Union.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:8 - I got rid of their three evil shepherds in a single month.
But I became impatient with these sheep, and they hated me, too.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:9 - So I told them, “I won’t be your shepherd any longer. If you die, you die. If you are killed, you are killed. And let those who remain devour each other!”
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:10 - Then I took my staff called Favor and cut it in two, showing that I had revoked the covenant I had made with all the nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:11 - That was the end of my covenant with them. The suffering flock was watching me, and they knew that the LORD was speaking through my actions.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:12 - And I said to them, “If you like, give me my wages, whatever I am worth; but only if you want to.” So they counted out for my wages thirty pieces of silver.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:13 - And the LORD said to me, “Throw it to the potter[fn]”—this magnificent sum at which they valued me! So I took the thirty coins and threw them to the potter in the Temple of the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:14 - Then I took my other staff, Union, and cut it in two, showing that the bond of unity between Judah and Israel was broken.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:15 - Then the LORD said to me, “Go again and play the part of a worthless shepherd.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:16 - This illustrates how I will give this nation a shepherd who will not care for those who are dying, nor look after the young,[fn] nor heal the injured, nor feed the healthy. Instead, this shepherd will eat the meat of the fattest sheep and tear off their hooves.
Unchecked Copy BoxZec 11:17 - “What sorrow awaits this worthless shepherd
who abandons the flock!
The sword will cut his arm
and pierce his right eye.
His arm will become useless,
and his right eye completely blind.”
NLT Footnotes
Syriac version reads into the treasury; also in 11:13b. Compare Matt 27:6-10.
Or the scattered.

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