The destruction of Jerusalem.
Zechariah 11:1 Open thy dores, O Lybanus, that the fyre maye consume thy Cedre trees. Zechariah 11:2 Howle ye fyrre trees, for the Cedre is fallen, yea, all the proude are wasted awaye. Howle (O ye oke trees of Baasan) for the mightye strong wood is cut doune
The elect being cared for, the rest are rejected.
Zechariah 11:3 Men may heare the sheperdes mourne, for their glory is destroyed. Men may heare the lyons whelpes roare, for the pride of Iordan is wasted away. Zechariah 11:4 Thus sayeth the Lorde my God: Fede the shepe of the slaughter, Zechariah 11:5 which shalbe slaine of those that possesse them: yet they take it for no sinne, but they that sell them, say: The Lorde be thancked, I am rich: yea, their owne sheperdes spare them not. Zechariah 11:6 Therfore will I nomore spare those that dwell in the land (sayeth the Lord) but lo, I wil delyuer the people, euerye man into his neighboures hand, and into the hande of his king, that they may smyte the lande, & out of their handes wil not I delyuer them. Zechariah 11:7 I my self fedde the slaughter shepe (a pore flocke verely) & toke vnto me two staues: the one I called louinge mekenesse, the other I called wo, & so I kepte the shepe. Zechariah 11:8 Thre sheperdes destroyeth I in one moneth, for I might not away wt them, neither had they any delyte in me. Zechariah 11:9 Then sayd I: I wil fede you no more, the thing that dieth, let it dye: & þt wil perishe, let it perishe, & 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 louing meke staf, & brake it, that I might disanul the couenaunt, which I made with al people. Zechariah 11:11 And so it was broken in that daye. Then the poore simple shepe that had a respecte vnto me, knewe therby, that it was the word of the lord. Zechariah 11:12 And I sayde vnto them: yf ye thincke it good, bring hither my pryce: yf no, then leaue. So they wayed doune .xxx. syluer pens, the value that I was prysed at. Zechariah 11:13 And the Lorde sayd vnto me: cast it vnto the potter (a goodly pryce for me to be valued at of them) & I toke the .xxx. siluer pens, & cast them to the potter in the house of the Lorde. Zechariah 11:14 Then brake I my other staf also (namely wo) þt I mighte lowse the brotherhead betwixte Iuda and Israel.
The type and curse of a foolish shepherd.
Zechariah 11:15 And the Lord said vnto me: Take to the also the staf of a foolish sheperd: Zechariah 11:16 for lo, I wil rayse vp a sheperde in the lande, which shall not seke after the thinges that be lost, nor care for such as go astray: he shall not heale the wounded, he shall not norishe the thing that is whole: but he shall eate the fleshe of suche as be fat, and teare their clawes in peces. Zechariah 11:17 O Idols sheperd, that leaueth the flocke. The swerde shall come vpon his arme & vpon his right eye. His arme shalbe cleane dryed vp, and hys ryght eye shalbe sore blinded.