Lord Will Care for Judah (continued)
11:1 Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may
devour thy cedars.
11:2 Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the
mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the
forest of the vintage is come down.
11:3 There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for
their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young
lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
11:4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the
11:5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not
guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD;
for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.
11:6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land,
saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one
into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king:
and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will
not deliver them.
11:7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O
poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I
called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the
11:8 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my
soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.
11:9 Then said I, I will not feed you: that that dieth, let
it die; and that that is to be cut off, let it be cut off;
and let the rest eat every one the flesh of another.
11:10 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder,
that I might break my covenant which I had made with all the
11:11 And it was broken in that day: and so the poor of the
flock that waited upon me knew that it was the word of the
11:12 And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my
price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price
thirty pieces of silver.
11:13 And the LORD said unto me, Cast it unto the potter: a
goodly price that I was prised at of them. And I took the
thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to the potter in the
house of the LORD.
11:14 Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that
I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
11:15 And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the
instruments of a foolish shepherd.
11:16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land,
which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall
seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed
that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the
fat, and tear their claws in pieces.
11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the
sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm
shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly