The destruction of Jerusalem.
Zechariah 11:1 Open thy dores, O Libanus, that þe fyre maye consume thy Cedre trees. Zechariah 11:2 Howle ye Fyrre trees for the Cedre is fallen, yee, all the proude are wasted awaye. Howle (O ye oke trees of Baasan) for the myghtye stronge wood is cut downe.
The elect being cared for, the rest are rejected.
Zechariah 11:3 Men may heare the shepherdes mourne, for their glorye is destroyed. Men may heare the lyons whelpes roare, for the pryde of Iordane is wasted awaye. Zechariah 11:4 Thus sayeth the Lorde my God: Fede the shepe of the slaughter, Zechariah 11:5 whiche shalbe slayne of those þt possesse them: yet they take it for no sinne, but they that sell them, saye: The Lord be thancked, I am rich: yee, their awne shepherdes spare them not. Zechariah 11:6 Therfore wyll I nomore spare those that dwell in the lande, (sayeth the Lorde) but lo, I wil deliuer the people, euery man into his neyghbours hande and into the hande of his kynge: that they maye smyte the lande, and out of their handes I wyll not delyuer them. Zechariah 11:7 I my selfe fedde þe slaughter shepe (a poore flocke verely) and toke vnto me two staues: the one is called louyng mekenesse, the other is called destroyer, and so kepte the shepe. Zechariah 11:8 Thre shepherdes I putt out of offyce in one moneth, for I myght not awaye wyth them, nether had they eny delyte in me. Zechariah 11:9 Then sayde I: I wyll fede you nomore þe thynge that dyeth, let it dye: and that wyll perysh, let it perish, and let the remnaunt eate, euery one the fleshe of his neyghboure.
The staves of Beauty and Bands broken by the rejection of Christ.
Zechariah 11:10 I toke also my louynge meke staff, and brake it, þt I myght disanull the couenaunt, which I made wyth all people. Zechariah 11:11 And so it was broken in that daye. Then the poore symple shepe that had a respect vnto me, knewe therby, that it was the worde of the Lorde. Zechariah 11:12 And I sayde vnto them: yf ye thinck it good, bring hyther my pryce: yf no, then leaue. So they wayed downe .xxx. syluer pens, the value þt I was prysed at. Zechariah 11:13 And the Lorde said vnto me: cast it vnto the potter (a goodly pryce for me to be valued at of them) and I toke the .xxx. syluer pens, and cast them to the potter in þe house of the Lorde. Zechariah 11:14 Then brake I my other staf also (namely destroyer) þt I might lowse þe brotherhead betwixt Iuda and Israel.
The type and curse of a foolish shepherd.
Zechariah 11:15 And the Lorde sayde vnto me. Take þe also the staff of a foolysh shepherde: Zechariah 11:16 for lo, I wyl rayse vp a shepherde in the lande, which shal not seke after þe thinges that be lost, ner care for such as go astraye: he shal not heale þe wounded, he shall not norysh the thinge that is whole: but he shal eate the flesh of soch as be fat, and teare theyr clawes in peces. Zechariah 11:17 O Idols shepherde, that leaueth the flocke. The swerde shall come vpon hys arme and vpon hys ryght eye. Hys arme shalbe cleane dryed vp, and hys ryght eye shalbe sore blynded.