The destruction of Jerusalem.
Zechariah 11:1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Zechariah 11:2 Howl, cypress, for the cedar is fallen; because the noble ones are spoiled. Howl, ye oaks of Bashan; for the strong forest is come down.
The elect being cared for, the rest are rejected.
Zechariah 11:3 A voice of howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled. Zechariah 11:4 Thus saith Jehovah my God: Feed the flock of slaughter, Zechariah 11:5 whose possessors slay them without being held guilty; and they that sell them say, Blessed be Jehovah! for I am become rich; and their own shepherds pity them not. Zechariah 11:6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith Jehovah, and behold, I will deliver men, every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king; and they shall smite the land, and I will not deliver out of their hand. Zechariah 11:7 So I fed the flock of slaughter, truly the poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock. Zechariah 11:8 And I destroyed three shepherds in one month; and my soul was vexed with them, and their soul also loathed me. Zechariah 11:9 And I said, I will not feed you: that which dieth, let it die; and that which perisheth let it perish; and let them which are left eat every one the flesh of another.
The staves of Beauty and Bands broken by the rejection of Christ.
Zechariah 11:10 And I took my staff, Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples. Zechariah 11:11 And it was broken in that day; and so the poor of the flock that gave heed to me knew that it was the word of Jehovah. Zechariah 11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give [me] my hire; and if not, forbear. And they weighed for my hire thirty silver-pieces. Zechariah 11:13 And Jehovah said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a goodly price that I was prized at by them. And I took the thirty silver-pieces, and cast them to the potter in the house of Jehovah. Zechariah 11:14 And I cut asunder mine other staff, Bands, to break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
The type and curse of a foolish shepherd.
Zechariah 11:15 And Jehovah said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. Zechariah 11:16 For behold, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, who shall not visit those that are about to perish, neither shall seek that which is strayed away, nor heal that which is wounded, nor feed that which is sound; but he will eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their hoofs in pieces. Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the worthless shepherd that leaveth the flock! The sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye; his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye utterly darkened.