A reproof of the shepherds.
Ezekiel 34:1 And the worde off the LORDE came vnto me, sayenge: Ezekiel 34:2 Thou sonne off ma, prophecye agaynst the shepherdes of Israel, prophecy, and speake vnto them: Thus saieth the LORDE God: Wo be vnto the shepherdes off Israel, that fede them selues. Shulde not the shepherdes fede ye flockes? Ezekiel 34:3 Ye haue eaten vp the fatte, ye haue clothed you with the woll: the best fedde haue ye slayne, but ye flocke haue ye not norished: Ezekiel 34:4 The weake haue ye not holden vp, the sicke haue ye not healed: the broken haue ye not bounde together, the outcastes haue ye not brought agayne: ye lost haue ye not sought, but churlishly and cruelly haue ye ruled the. Ezekiel 34:5 Thus are they scatred here and there without a shepherde: yee all the beastes off the felde deuoure them, and they go astraye. Ezekiel 34:6 My shepe go wandringe vpon all moutaynes and vpon euery hye hill, yee they be scatred abrode in all feldes, and there is no man, that careth for them, or seketh after them.
God's judgment against them.
Ezekiel 34:7 Therfore o ye shepherdes heare the worde off the LORDE, Ezekiel 34:8 Thus sayeth the LORDE God: As truly as I lyue, for so moch as my shepe are robbed, and deuoured off all the wylde beestes off the felde, hauynge no shepherde: and seynge that my shepherdes take no regarde off my shepe, but fede them selues only, and not my shepe: Ezekiel 34:9 Therfore heare ye worde off the LORDE, o ye shepherdes: Ezekiel 34:10 Thus sayeth the LORDE God: Beholde, I myselff will vpon the shepherdes, and requyre my shepe from their hondes, and make the ceasse from fedynge of my shepe: yee the shepherdes shall fede them selues nomore: For I will delyuer my shepe out off their mouthes so that they shall not deuoure them after this.
His providence for his flock.
Ezekiel 34:11 For thus saieth the LORDE God: Beholde, I will loke to my shepe myselff, and seke them. Ezekiel 34:12 Like as a shepherde amoge the flocke seketh after the shepe that are scatred abrode, euen so will I seke after my shepe, and gather them together out off all places, where they haue bene scatred in the cloudy and darcke daye. Ezekiel 34:13 I will bringe them out from all people, and gather them together out of all londes. I will bringe the in to their owne londe, and fede them vpon the mountaynes off Israel, by the ryuers, and in all the places of the countre. Ezekiel 34:14 I will fede them in right good pastures, and vpon the hie mountaynes off Israel shall there foldes be. There shal they lye in a good folde, ad in a fat pasture shall they fede: euen vpon the mountaynes of Israel. Ezekiel 34:15 I will fede my shepe myselff, and bringe them to their rest, sayeth the LORDE God. Ezekiel 34:16 Soch as be lost, will I seke: soch as go astraye, wil I brynge agayne: soch as be wouded, will I bynde vp: soch as be weake, will I make stronge: soch as be fat and well lykinge, those will I preserue, and fede them with ye thinge that is laufull. Ezekiel 34:17 And as for you (o my shepe) sayeth the LORDE God: I will put a difference amonge the shepe, amonge the wethers ad the goates. Ezekiel 34:18 Was it not ynough for you, to eat vp the good pasture, but ye must treade downe the residue of youre pasture wt youre fete also? Was it not ynough for you to drynke cleare water, but ye must trouble the residue also with youre fete? Ezekiel 34:19 Thus my shepe must be fayne to eate ye thinge, that ye haue troden downe with yor fete, and to drynke it, that ye with youre fete haue defyled.
The Kingdom of Christ.
Ezekiel 34:20 Therfore, thus sayeth the LORDE God vnto them: Beholde, I will seuer the fat shepe from the leane: Ezekiel 34:21 for so moch as ye haue shot the weake shepe a po ye sydes & shulders, and runne vpon them with youre hornes, so longe till ye haue vtterly scatred them abrode. Ezekiel 34:22 I wil helpe my shepe, so yt they shal nomore be spoyled: yee I wil discerne one shepe from another. Ezekiel 34:23 I wil rayse vp vnto them one only shepherde: euen my seruaunt Dauid, he shal fede the, and he shal be their shepherde. Ezekiel 34:24 I the LORDE wil be their God, and my seruaunt Dauid shal be their prince: Euen I the LORDE haue spoken it. Ezekiel 34:25 Morouer, I wil make a couenaunt of peace with them, and dryue all euell beastes out of the londe: so that they maye dwell safely in the wildernesse, and slepe in the woddes. Ezekiel 34:26 Good fortune & prosperite wil I geue them, and vnto all that be rounde aboute my hill. A prosperous shower and rayne wil I sende them in due season, Ezekiel 34:27 that the trees in the wodde maye bringe forth their frutes, & ye grounde hir increase. They shalbe safe in their londe, and shal knowe, that I am the LORDE, which haue broke their yocke, and delyuered them out of the hondes of those, that helde them in subieccion. Ezekiel 34:28 They shal nomore be spoyled of the Heithen, ner deuoured with the beastes of the lode: but safely shal they dwell, & no man shall fraye them. Ezekiel 34:29 I wil set vp an excellet plate for them, so yt they shal suffre no more hunger in the londe, nether beare the reprofe of ye Heithen eny more. Ezekiel 34:30 Thus shal they vnderstonde, that I the LORDE their God am wt them, & yt they (euen the house of Israel) are my people, saieth the LORDE God. Ezekiel 34:31 Ye men are my flocke, ye are the shepe of my pasture: and I am youre God, saieth the LORDE God.