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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 11

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1Throw open your gates, O Lebanon, And let fire consume your cedars! 2Howl, cypresses, for cedars have fallen! How the mighty are ravaged! Howl, you oaks of Bashan, For the stately forest is laid low! 3Hark, the wailing of the shepherds, For their c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. rich pastures ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain. are ravaged; Hark, the roaring of the great beasts, For the jungle of the Jordan is ravaged.

4Thus said my God the LORD: Tend the sheep meant for slaughter, 5 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.

7So I tended the sheep meant for slaughter, d‐ Emendation yields “for the sheep dealers”; cf. the word rendered “trader” in 14.21 . for those poor men of the sheep. ‐d Emendation yields “for the sheep dealers”; cf. the word rendered “trader” in 14.21 . I got two staffs, one of which I named Favor and the other Unity, and I proceeded to tend the sheep. 8But I lost e‐ Emendation yields “a third of the flock.” the three shepherds ‐e Emendation yields “a third of the flock.” in one month; then my patience with them was at an end, and they in turn were disgusted with me. 9So 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!”

10Taking my staff Favor, I cleft it in two, so as to annul the covenant I had made with all the peoples; f Perhaps alluding to the prediction of 14.1–3 . 11and when it was annulled that day, g‐ Emendation yields “the sheep dealers.” the same poor men of the sheep ‐g Emendation yields “the sheep dealers.” who watched h Emendation yields “hired.” me realized that it was a message from the LORD. 12Then 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 c‐ Emendation yields “hired.” the noble sum that I was worth in their estimation. ‐c Emendation yields “hired.” The LORD said to me, “Depositit in the treasury.” a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. And I took the thirty shekels and deposited it in the treasury in the House of the LORD.

14Then I cleft in two my second staff, Unity, in order to annul the brotherhood between Judah and Israel. b Two mss. of the Septuagint have “Jerusalem”; cf. 12.2–3; 14.14 .

15The LORD said to me further: Get yourself the gear of a foolish shepherd. 16For I am going to raise up in the land a shepherd who will neither miss the lost [sheep], nor seek the strayed, a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. nor heal the injured, nor sustain the frail, a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. but will feast on the flesh of the fat ones and c‐ Meaning of Heb. uncertain. tear off their hoofs. ‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

17Oh, 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.

Notes:

c‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

d‐d Emendation yields “for the sheep dealers”; cf. the word rendered “trader” in 14.21 .

e‐e Emendation yields “a third of the flock.”

f Perhaps alluding to the prediction of 14.1–3 .

g‐g Emendation yields “the sheep dealers.”

h Emendation yields “hired.”

a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b Two mss. of the Septuagint have “Jerusalem”; cf. 12.2–3; 14.14 .

c‐c Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

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