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Zechariah: 11

The fall of tyrants.  Zch.11.1-3

The two shepherds.  Zch.11.4-17

4These were the words of the LORD my God: Fatten the flock for slaughter. 5Those who buy will slaughter it and incur no guilt; those who sell will say, 'Blessed be the LORD, I am rich!' Its shepherds will have no pity for it. 6For I will never again pity the inhabitants of the earth, says the LORD. I will put every man in the power of his neighbour and his king, and as each country is crushed I will not rescue him from their hands.

7So I fattened the flock for slaughter for the dealers. I took two staves: one I called Favour and the other Union, and so I fattened the flock. 8In one month I got rid of the three shepherds, for I had lost patience with them and they had come to abhor me. 9Then I said to the flock, 'I will not fatten you any more. Any that are to die, let them die; any that stray, let them stray; and the rest can devour one another.' 10I took my staff called Favour and snapped it in two, annulling the covenant which the LORD [the LORD: prob. rdg, Heb I] had made with all nations. 11So it was annulled that day, and the dealers who were watching me knew that all this was the word of the LORD. 12I said to them, 'If it suits you, give me my wages; otherwise keep them.' Then they weighed out my wages, thirty pieces of silver. 13The LORD said to me. 'Throw it into the treasury.' I took the thirty pieces of silver—that noble sum at which I was valued and rejected by them!—and threw them into the house of the LORD, into the treasury. 14Then I snapped in two my second staff called Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

15Then the LORD said to me, Equip yourself again as a shepherd, a worthless one; 16for I am about to install a shepherd in the land who will neither miss any that are lost nor search for those that have gone astray nor heal the injured nor nurse the sickly, but will eat the flesh of the fat beasts and throw away their broken bones.


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