A reproof of the shepherds.
Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying: Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, Prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,Prophesy, and thou shalt say unto them, even to the shepherdsThus, saith My Lord, YahwehAlas! for the shepherds of Israel who have been tending, themselves, Is it not, the flock, that the shepherds should tend? Ezekiel 34:3 The milk, ye do eat, And, with the wool, ye do clothe yourselves, The well-fed, ye do sacrifice, The flock, ye do not tend: Ezekiel 34:4 The weak, have ye not strengthened, And, the sick, have ye not healed, And, the torn, have ye not bound up, And, that which was driven out, have ye not brought back, And, that which was straying, have ye not sought out; But, with force, have ye ruled them, and with rigour. Ezekiel 34:5 And they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; And they became food for every wild beast of the field, So were they scattered. Ezekiel 34:6 My sheep did wander, through all the mountains, And over every high hill,And, over all the face of the land, were my sheep scattered, And there was none, to inquire, And none, to seek out.
God's judgment against them.
Ezekiel 34:7 Wherefore, ye shepherds, hear ye the word of Yahweh: Ezekiel 34:8 As I live,Declareth My Lord, Yahweh, Surely, because my flock became a prey, And my flock became food for every wild beast of the field, through having no, shepherd, Neither did my shepherds inquire after the flock,But, the shepherds, tended, themselves, And, my flock, they tended not, Ezekiel 34:9 Therefore, ye shepherds, hear ye the word of Yahweh: Ezekiel 34:10 Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, Behold me! against the shepherds, So then I will require my flock at their hand, And will cause them to cease tending the flock, Neither shall, the shepherds, any longer, tend, themselves, But I will deliver my flock out of their mouth, that they may not be their, food.
His providence for his flock.
Ezekiel 34:11 For, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh,Here am, I myself, Therefore will I inquire after my flock, and seek them out: Ezekiel 34:12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day he is in the midst of his sheep that are scattered, So, will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they were scattered in the day of cloud and thick darkness; Ezekiel 34:13 And I will bring them out from among the peoples, And will gather them out of the lands, And will bring them upon their own soil,And will tend them, Upon the mountains of Israel, In the ravines, And in all the habitable places of the land: Ezekiel 34:14 In good pastures, will I feed them, And, on the mountains of the height of Israel, shall be their fold,There, shall they lie down, in a fold that is good, And, on pasture that is fat, shall they feed, among the mountains of Israel. Ezekiel 34:15 I myself, will tend my flock, And, I myself, will cause them to lie down, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh: Ezekiel 34:16 That which is straying, will I seek out, And, that which hath been driven away, will I bring back, And, that which is torn, will I bind up, And, the weak, will I strengthen,But, the fat and the strong, will I watch, I will feed them with justice. Ezekiel 34:17 And, as for you, O my flock, Thus saith My Lord, Yahweh: Behold me! judging between one kind of small cattle and another, as well the rams as the he-goats. Ezekiel 34:18 Is it too small a thing for you that, on the good pasture, ye feed, But, the remainder of your pastures, ye must needs trample down with your feet? Or that, of the pure waters, ye drink, But, the waters left remainingwith your feet, ye must needs foul? Ezekiel 34:19 And, my flock, On what hath been trampled down by your feet, may feed, And, of what hath been fouled by your feet, may drink?
The Kingdom of Christ.
Ezekiel 34:20 Therefore, Thus, saith My Lord, Yahweh, unto them: Here am, I myself, Therefore, will I judge between fat, sheep and lean, sheep, Ezekiel 34:21 Because, with the side and with the shoulder, ye do thrust, And, with your horns, ye do push all the sick,Until you have scattered them abroad, Ezekiel 34:22 Therefore will I bring salvation to my flock, and they shall be no longer a prey,but I will judge, between one sheep and another, Ezekiel 34:23 And I will raise up over them one shepherd, And he shall tend them, Even my servant David,He, will tend them, And, he, will become to them a shepherd; Ezekiel 34:24 And, I, Yahweh, will become to them a God, my servant David being a prince in their midst;I, Yahweh, have spoken; Ezekiel 34:25 And I will solemnise for them a covenant of prosperity, And will cause to cease the mischievous wild-beast out of the land, And they shall dwell in the wilderness, securely, And shall sleep in the forests; Ezekiel 34:26 And I will make them, and the places round about my hill, a blessing,And I will cause the abundant rain to come down in its season, abundant rains of blessing, shall they be; Ezekiel 34:27 And the tree of the field shall yield his fruit, And, the land, shall yield her increase, And they shall remain on their own soil, in security,So shall they know, that, I, am Yahweh, When I have broken the bars of their yoke, And shall deliver them out of the hand of them who have been using them as slaves. Ezekiel 34:28 And they shall be no longer a prey for the nations, Nor shall, the wild beast of the earth! devour them,But they shall dwell securely with none, to put them in terror. Ezekiel 34:29 And I will raise up unto them a plantation for fame,And there shall be no longer the destroyed of hunger in the land, Neither shall they bear any longer, the reproach of the nations. Ezekiel 34:30 So shall they know, that, I Yahweh their God, am with them,And that, they, are my people, the house of Israel, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh. Ezekiel 34:31 Ye, therefore, my flock, the flock of my pasture, are, men,I, am your God, Declareth My Lord, Yahweh.