Old Testament

1

Open your doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour your cedars!

2

Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, for the glorious trees are ruined! Wail, oaks of Bashan, for the thick forest has been felled!
 
 

3

The sound of the wail of the shepherds, for their glory is ruined! The sound of the roar of the lions, for the thicket of the Jordan is ruined!

4

Thus said the Lord my God: “Become shepherd of the flock doomed to slaughter.

5

Those who buy them slaughter them and go unpunished, and those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the Lord, I have become rich,’ and their own shepherds have no pity on them.

6

For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of this land, declares the Lord. Behold, I will cause each of them to fall into the hand of his neighbor, and each into the hand of his king, and they shall crush the land, and I will deliver none from their hand.”
 

7

So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders. And I took two staffs, one I named Favor, the other I named Union. And I tended the sheep.
 

8

In one month I destroyed the three shepherds. But I became impatient with them, and they also detested me.
 

9

So I said, “I will not be your shepherd. What is to die, let it die. What is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed. And let those who are left devour the flesh of one another.”

10

And I took my staff Favor, and I broke it, annulling the covenant that I had made with all the peoples.

11

So it was annulled on that day, and the sheep traders, who were watching me, knew that it was the word of the Lord.
 

12

Then I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, keep them.” And they weighed out as my wages thirty pieces of silver.

13

Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter”—the lordly price at which I was priced by them. So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the Lord, to the potter.
 

14

Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
 

15

Then the Lord said to me, “Take once more the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
 

16

For behold, I am raising up in the land a shepherd who does not care for those being destroyed, or seek the young or heal the maimed or nourish the healthy, but devours the flesh of the fat ones, tearing off even their hoofs.
 
 
 

17

“Woe to my worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! may the sword strike his arm and his right eye! Let his arm be wholly withered, his right eye utterly blinded!”

Septuagint

1

Open thy doors, O Libanus, and let the fire devour thy cedars.

2

Let the pine howl, because the cedar has fallen; for the mighty men have been greatly afflicted: howl, ye oaks of the land of Basan; for the thickly planted forest has been torn down.

3

There is a voice of the shepherds mourning; for their greatness is brought low: a voice of roaring lions; for the pride of Jordan is brought down.

4

Thus saith the Lord Almighty, Feed the sheep of the slaughter;
 

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which their possessors have slain, and have not repented: and they that sold them said, Blessed be the Lord; for we have become rich: and their shepherds have suffered no sorrow for them.

6

Therefore I will no longer have mercy upon the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord: but, behold, I will deliver up the men every one into the hand of his neighbour, and into the hand of his king; and they shall destroy the land, and I will not rescue out of their hand.

7

And I will tend the flock of slaughter in the land of Chanaan: and I will take for myself two rods; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Line; and I will tend the flock.
 

8

And I will cut off three shepherds in one month; and my soul shall grieve over them, for their souls cried out against me.
 

9

And I said, I will not tend you: that which dies, let it die; and that which falls off, let it fall off; and let the rest eat every one the flesh of his neighbour.
 

10

And I will take my beautiful staff, and cast it away, that I may break my covenant which I made with all the people.

11

And it shall be broken in that day; and the Chananites, the sheep that are kept for me, shall know that it is the word of the Lord.

12

And I will say to them, If it be good in your eyes, give me my price, or refuse it. And they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver.
 

13

And the Lord said to me, Drop them into the furnace, and I will see if it is good metal, as I was proved for their sakes. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them into the furnace in the house of the Lord.

14

And I cast away my second rod, even Line, that I might break the possession between Juda and Israel.

15

And the Lord said to me, Take yet to thee shepherd’s implements belonging to an unskillful shepherd.

16

For, behold, I will raise up a shepherd against the land: he shall not visit that which is perishing, and he shall not seek that which is scattered, and he shall not heal that which is bruised, nor guide that which is whole: but he shall devour the flesh of the choice ones, and shall dislocate the joints of their necks.

17

Alas for the vain shepherds that have forsaken the sheep! the sword shall be upon the arms of such a one, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be completely withered, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

Tanakh

1

Throw open your gates, O Lebanon, And let fire consume your cedars!

2

Howl, cypresses, for cedars have fallen! How the mighty are ravaged! Howl, you oaks of Bashan, For the stately forest is laid low!
 
 
 

3

Hark, the wailing of the shepherds, For their rich pastures are ravaged; Hark, the roaring of the great beasts, For the jungle of the Jordan is ravaged.

4

Thus said my God the LORD: Tend the sheep meant for slaughter,
 

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whose buyers will slaughter them with impunity, whose seller will say, “Praised be the LORD! I’ll get rich,” and whose shepherd will not pity them.
 

6

For I will pity the inhabitants of the land no more— declares the LORD— but I will place every man at the mercy of every other man and at the mercy of his king; they shall break the country to bits, and I will not rescue it from their hands.
 

7

So I tended the sheep meant for slaughter, for those poor men of the sheep. I got two staffs, one of which I named Favor and the other Unity, and I proceeded to tend the sheep.

8

But I lost the three shepherds in one month; then my patience with them was at an end, and they in turn were disgusted with me.

9

So I declared, “I am not going to tend you; let the one that is to die die and the one that is to get lost get lost; and let the rest devour each other’s flesh!”
 

10

Taking my staff Favor, I cleft it in two, so as to annul the covenant I had made with all the peoples;
 

11

and when it was annulled that day, e-the same poor men of the sheep-e who watchedf me realized that it was a message from the LORD.

12

Then I said to them, “If you are satisfied, pay me my wages; if not, don’t.” So they weighed out my wages, thirty shekels of silver—

13

the noble sum that I was worth in their estimation. The LORD said to me, “Deposit it in the treasury.” And I took the thirty shekels and deposited it in the treasury in the House of the LORD.
 

14

Then I cleft in two my second staff, Unity, in order to annul the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
 

15

The LORD said to me further: Get yourself the gear of a foolish shepherd.
 
 

16

For I am going to raise up in the land a shepherd who will neither miss the lost [sheep], nor seek the strayed, a nor heal the injured, nor sustain the frail, a but will feast on the flesh of the fat ones and tear off their hoofs.
 
 
 

17

O, the worthless shepherd Who abandons the flock! Let a sword descend upon his arm And upon his right eye! His arm shall shrivel up; His right eye shall go blind.

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