A reproof of the shepherds.
Ezekiel 34:1 And the worde of the Lorde came vnto me, saying: Ezekiel 34:2 Thou sonne of man, prophecy against the shepeherdes of Israel, prophecye and speake vnto them: Thus sayeth the Lorde God: Wo be vnto the shepeherdes of Israel, that fede them selues. Shulde not þe shepeherdes fede the flockes? Ezekiel 34:3 Ye haue eaten vp the fatte, ye haue clothed you wyth the wol: the best fedde haue ye slayne, but the flocke haue ye not noryshed. Ezekiel 34:4 The weake haue ye not holden vp, the sicke haue ye not healed: the broken haue ye not bounde together, the oute castes haue ye not brought agayne: the lost haue ye not soughte, but churlishly and cruellye haue ye ruled them. Ezekiel 34:5 Thus are they scatred here and there wythoute a shepherde: yea al the beastes of þe felde deuoure them, and they go astraye. Ezekiel 34:6 My shepe go wandrynge vpon all mountaynes, and vpon euerye hye hyl. Yea they be scatred abroade in al 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 shepeherdes, heare the worde of the Lorde. Ezekiel 34:8 Thus sayth the Lorde God: As trulye as I lyue, for so much as my shepe are robbed, & deuoured of all the wylde beastes of the felde, hauynge no shepherde: and seinge that my shepeherdes take no regarde of my shepe, but fede them selues onely, and not my shepe: Ezekiel 34:9 Therfore heare the worde of the Lorde O ye shepherdes: Ezekiel 34:10 Thus sayth the Lord God: Beholde, I my self wyll vpon the shepherdes and requyre my shepe from theyr handes, and make them ceasse from fedynge of my shepe: yea the shepherdes shall fede them selues no more: For I wyll delyuer my shepe oute of theyr mouthes, so that they shall not deuoure them after this.
His providence for his flock.
Ezekiel 34:11 For thus sayth the Lord god: Beholde, I will loke to my shepe my selfe, & seke them. Ezekiel 34:12 Lyke as a shepherde amonge the flocke seketh after the shepe that are scatered abroade, euen so wyll I seke after my shepe, & gather them together oute of all places, wher they haue bene scatred in the cloudy & darcke daye. Ezekiel 34:13 I wyll brynge them oute from all people, and gather them together oute of all landes. I wyll brynge them into theyr owne land, and fede them vpon the mountaynes of Israel, by the ryuers, and in all the places of the countre. Ezekiel 34:14 I wil fede them in ryght good pastures, and vpon the hye mountaynes of Israell shal there foldes be. There shall they lye in a good folde, and in a fat pasture shall they fede, euen vpon the mountaynes of Israel. Ezekiel 34:15 I wil fede my shepe my selfe, and brynge them to theyr rest sayeth the Lorde GOD. Ezekiel 34:16 Suche as be loste, wyll I seke: suche as go astraye, wyll I bryng agayn: suche as be wounded, wil I bynde vp: suche as be weake, wyll I make stronge: suche as be fat and well lyking, those wil I preserue, and fede them with the thynge that is laufull. Ezekiel 34:17 And as for you (O my shepe) sayeth the Lorde God: I wyl put a difference amonge the shepe, amonge the wethers & þe goates. Ezekiel 34:18 Was it not ynough for you to eat vp the good pasture, but ye must treade downe the residue of your pasture with your fete also? Was it not ynough for you to drink cleare water, but ye must trouble the resydue also with your fete? Ezekiel 34:19 Thus my shepe muste be fayne to eate the thynge, that ye haue troden doune with your fete, & to drincke it, þt ye with youre fete haue befyled.
The Kingdom of Christ.
Ezekiel 34:20 Therfore, thus saieth the Lorde God vnto them: Beholde, I wyll seuer the fatte shepe from the leane: Ezekiel 34:21 for so muche as ye haue shot the weake shepe vpon the sydes & shoulders, and runne vpon them with youre hornes, so longe tyll ye haue vtterlye scatred them abroade Ezekiel 34:22 I will helpe my shepe, so that they shall no more be spoyled: yea, I wyll discerne one shepe from another. Ezekiel 34:23 I wyll rayse vp vnto them one onelye shepeherde: euen my seruaunt Dauid, he shall fede them, and he shall be theyr shepherde. Ezekiel 34:24 I the Lorde wyll be theyr God, and my seruaunte Dauid shall be their prince: Euen I the Lorde haue spoken it. Ezekiel 34:25 Moreouer, I wyll make a couenaunte of yeare with them, and driue al euyl beastes out of the lande: so that they maye dwell safelye in the wyldernes, and slepe in the wooddes. Ezekiel 34:26 Good fortune and prosperyte wil I geue them, and vnto all that be rounde aboute my hyll. A prosperous shower and rayne wil I sende them in due season, Ezekiel 34:27 that the trees in the wood maye brynge forthe theyr frutes, & þe grounde her increase. They shalbe safe in theyr lande, & shall knowe, that I am the Lorde, whiche haue broken theyr yocke, and delyuered them oute of the handes of those, that helde them in subieccyon. Ezekiel 34:28 They shal no more be spoyled of the Heathen, nor deuoured with the beastes of þe lande: but safely shall they dwell, and no man shall fraye them. Ezekiel 34:29 I wyll set vp an excellente plante for them, so that they shal suffre no more hunger in the lande, neither beare the reprofe of þe Heathen any more. Ezekiel 34:30 Thus shal they vnderstand that I the Lorde theyr God am with them, & þt they (euen the house of Israel) are my people, sayeth the Lorde God. Ezekiel 34:31 Ye men are my flocke, ye are the shepe of my pasture: and I am youre God, sayeth the Lorde God.