|Ezekiel 34:11-24 |
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.
17 And as for you, O my sheep, thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I judge between sheep and sheep, between the rams and the he goats.
18 Does it seem a small thing to you that you have eaten on the good pasture, that you must also tread down with your feet the remainder of your pastures? And to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must also foul the rest with your feet?
19 And as for my sheep, must they eat that which you have trodden with your feet and drink that which you have fouled with your feet.
20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold I, even I, will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep.
21 Because you have shoved with side and with shoulder and butted all the diseased with your horns, until you have scattered them abroad,
22 Therefore I will save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
23 And I will set up one shepherd over them and he shall feed them, even my servant David [Jesus as the descendant of David]; he shall feed them and he shall be their shepherd.
24 And I the LORD will be their God and my servant David [Jesus] a prince among them; I the LORD have spoken it.
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.