|Ezekiel 34:9-16 |
9 Therefore, O you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
10 Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will require my sheep at their hand and cause them to cease from feeding the sheep, neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more. For I will deliver my sheep from their mouth, so that they may no longer be food for them.2
11 For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold I, even I, will both search for my sheep and seek them out.
12 As a shepherd seeks out his sheep in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered, so I will seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all the places where they have been scattered on the cloudy and dark day.
13 And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and will bring them to their own land; and I will feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and their fold shall be upon the high mountains of Israel; there they shall lie down in a good land, and they shall feed in a fat pasture upon the mountains of Israel.
15 I will feed my sheep and I will cause them to lie down3, says the Lord GOD.
16 I will seek that which was lost and bring again that which has strayed, and will bind up that which was broken and strengthen that which was sick. But I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with justice.
3 I will feed my sheep and I will cause them to lie down. So the Lord calls his true sheep to be separate, to come to him, to be taught by Him, to be charged with sin by him, to have the sin removed from their hearts by him, and to enter the rest through him. He [Jesus] becomes the true sheep's shepherd.
Therefore "'come out from among them, and be separate,' says the Lord, 'and touch no unclean thing; and I will receive you.
And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters,' says the Lord Almighty." 2 Cor 6:17-18.