|Zechariah 11 |
1 "Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars.
2 Wail, fir tree, for the cedar has fallen, because the mighty trees are ruined. Wail, O you oaks of Bashan, for the thick forest has come down.
3 There is a voice of the wailing of the shepherds, for their glory is ruined. A voice of the roaring of young lions, for the pride of Jordan is in ruins."
4 Thus says the LORD my God: "Feed those destined to slaughter,
5 Whose possessors slay them and do not hold themselves guilty; and those who sell them say, 'Blessed be the LORD, for I am rich!' Their own shepherds do not pity them.
6 For I will no longer pity the inhabitants of the land," says the LORD: "but behold, I will deliver every one into his neighbor's hand and into the hand of his king. And when they attack the land, I will not deliver them and out of their hand."
7 So I will feed the flock destined to slaughter, even the miserable of the flock. And I took two staffs and called one Beauty or Favor and the other I called Bonds or Union; and I fed the flock.
8 I also cut off three shepherds in one month, and my soul loathed them, and their soul also abhorred me.
9 Then I said, "I will not feed you. What is to die, let it die, and what is to be cut off, let it be cut off; and let those who are left eat one another's flesh.'"
10 And I took my staff, Favor, and cut it in two, that I might break my covenant, which I had made with all the people.
11 And it was broken on that day, and so the miserable of the flock who were watching me knew that it was the word of the LORD.
12 And I said to them, "If you think it good, give me my price; and if not, refuse." So they weighed out for my price thirty pieces of silver.
14 Then I cut in two my other staff, Union, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
15 And the LORD said to me, "Now take for yourself the instruments of a foolish shepherd.
16 For behold, I will raise up a false shepherd in the land who will not visit those who are lost, or seek the young ones, or heal those who are broken, or feed those who are still standing; but he will eat the flesh of the fat ones and tear their hooves in pieces.
17 Woe to the idol shepherd [shepherd of false gods] who deserts the flock! The sword shall strike his arm and his right eye; his arm shall be completely withered and his right eye totally blinded!" [The foolish, false shepherds, are in effect shepherds of Baal — idol shepherds; and in his writing, Concerning the Word, George Fox labeled all the priests and ministers of Christianity in his day the same: "They are Baal's priests, who have forsaken the right way, going after the error of Balaam, running after the way of Cain, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, who always murder the just, despising the birthright in the particular."]
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