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1 Throw open your gates, O Lebanon,
that fire may feed on your cedars.

The fall of tyrants. Zch.11.1-3
2 Howl, every pine-tree; for the cedars have fallen,
mighty trees are ravaged.
Howl, every oak of Bashan;
for the impenetrable forest is laid low.

3 Hark to the howling of the shepherds,
for their rich pastures are ravaged.
Hark to the roar of the young lions,
for Jordan's dense thickets are ravaged.

4 These were the words of the LORD my God: Fatten the flock for slaughter.

The two shepherds. Zch.11.4-17
5 Those 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.  
6 For 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.

7 So 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.

8 In one month I got rid of the three shepherds, for I had lost patience with them and they had come to abhor me.  
9 Then 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.'  
10 I 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.  
11 So it was annulled that day, and the dealers who were watching me knew that all this was the word of the LORD.  
12 I said to them, 'If it suits you, give me my wages; otherwise keep them.' Then they weighed out my wages, thirty pieces of silver.  
13 The 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.  
14 Then I snapped in two my second staff called Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.  
15 Then the LORD said to me, Equip yourself again as a shepherd, a worthless one;

16 for 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.
17 Alas for the worthless shepherd who abandons the sheep!
A sword shall fall on his arm and on his right eye;
his arm shall be shrivelled
and his right eye blinded.

18 (13:7) 3.7-9 transposed to this pointThis is the very word of the LORD of Hosts:
O sword, awake against my shepherd
and against him who works with me.
Strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered,
and I will turn my hand against the shepherd boys.
(13:8) This also is the very word of the LORD:
It shall happen throughout the land
that two thirds of the people shall be struck down and die,
while one third of them shall be left there.
(13:9) Then I will pass this third through the fire
and I will refine them as silver is refined,
and assay them as gold is assayed.
Then they will invoke me by my name,
and I myself will answer them;
I will say, 'They are my people',
and they shall say, 'The LORD is our God.'

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