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The Prophets of The Exile

(Category 10 of 16)

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Irresponsible Shepherds


1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: a“Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
3 a“You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you bslaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock.
4 a“The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor bsought what was lost; but with cforce and 1cruelty you have ruled them.
5 a“So they were bscattered because there was no shepherd; cand they became food for all the

CHAPTER 34 References

2 aZech. 11:17
3 aZech. 11:16
bEzek. 33:25,
4 aZech. 11:16
bLuke 15:4
c[1 Pet. 5:3] 1harshness or
5 aEzek. 33:21
bMatt. 9:36
cIs. 56:9
6 a1 Pet. 2:25
8 aEzek. 34:5,
6 bEzek. 34:2,
10 aJer. 21:13;
bHeb. 13:17
cEzek. 34:2, 8
dEzek. 13:23
12 aJer. 31:10
bEzek. 30:3
13 aJer. 23:3
1Or by the
14 a[John 10:9] bJer. 33:12
16 aMic. 4:6
bIs. 10:16 cJer.
17 a[Matt.
25:32] 18 1remainder


beasts of the field when they were scattered.
6 “My sheep awandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them.”
7 ‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD:
8 “As I live,” says the Lord GOD, “surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock abecame food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, bbut the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock”—
9 ‘therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD!
10 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am aagainst the shepherds, and bI will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall cfeed themselves no more; for I will ddeliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them.”

God, the True Shepherd

11 ‘For thus says the Lord GOD: “Indeed I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.
12 “As a ashepherd seeks out his flock on the day he is among his scattered sheep, so will I seek out My sheep and deliver them from all the places where they were scattered on ba cloudy and dark day.
13 “And aI will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land; I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, 1in the valleys and in all the inhabited places of the country.
14 a“I will feed them in good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. bThere they shall lie down in a good fold and feed in rich pasture on the mountains of Israel.
15 “I will feed My flock, and I will make them lie down,” says the Lord GOD.
16 a“I will seek what was lost and bring back what was driven away, bind up the broken and strengthen what was sick; but I will destroy bthe fat and the strong, and feed them cin judgment.”
17 ‘And as for you, O My flock, thus says the Lord GOD: a“Behold, I shall judge between sheep and sheep, between rams and goats.
18 “Is it too little for you to have eaten up the good pasture, that you must tread down with your feet the 1residue of your pasture—and to have drunk of the clear waters, that you must foul the residue with your feet?

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19 “And as for My flock, they eat what you have trampled with your feet, and they drink what you have fouled with your feet.”
20 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD to them: a“Behold, I Myself will judge between the fat and the lean sheep.
21 “Because you have pushed with side and shoulder, butted all the weak ones with your horns, and scattered them abroad,
22 “therefore I will save My flock, and they shall no longer be a prey; and I will judge between sheep and sheep.
23 “I will establish one ashepherd over them, and he shall feed them— bMy servant David. He shall feed them and be their shepherd.
24 “And aI, the LORD, will be their God, and My servant David ba prince among them; I, the LORD, have spoken.
25 a“I will make a covenant of peace with them, and bcause wild beasts to cease from the land; and they cwill dwell safely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods.
26 “I will make them and the places all around aMy hill ba blessing; and I will ccause showers to come down in their season; there shall be dshowers of blessing.
27 “Then athe trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have bbroken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who censlaved them.
28 “And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but athey shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid.
29 “I will raise up for them a agarden1 of renown, and they shall bno longer be consumed with hunger in the land, cnor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore.
30 “Thus they shall know that aI, the LORD their God, am with them, and they, the house of Israel, are bMy people,” says the Lord GOD.’
31 “You are My aflock, the flock of My pasture; you are men, and I am your God,” says the Lord GOD.

Judgment on Mount Seir


1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set your face against aMount Seir and bprophesy against it,
3 “and say to it, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:

“Behold, O Mount Seir, I am against you; aI will stretch out My hand against you,

20 aEzek.
23 a[Is. 40:11] bJer. 30:9
24 aEx. 29:45
bEzek. 37:24,
25 aEzek.
37:26 bIs.
11:6–9 cJer.
26 aIs. 56:7
bZech. 8:13
cLev. 26:4 dPs.
27 aIs. 4:2 bJer.
2:20 cJer.
28 aJer. 30:10
29 a[Is. 11:1] bEzek. 36:29
cEzek. 36:3, 6,
15 1Lit. planting
30 aEzek.
34:24 bEzek.
14:11; 36:28
31 aPs. 100:3

CHAPTER 35 References

2 aEzek.
bAmos 1:11
3 aEzek. 6:14
1Lit. a desolation
and a
5 aEzek. 25:12
bPs. 137:7 1Or
6 aIs. 63:1–6
bPs. 109:17
1Or bloodshed
7 aJudg. 5:6
1Lit. a waste
and a desolation
9 aJer. 49:13
bEzek. 36:11
1Lit. desolated
10 aPs. 83:4–12
b[Ps. 48:1–3;
132:13, 14] 11 a[James
2:13] 12 aPs. 9:16
bZeph. 2:8 cIs.
13 a[1 Sam.
2:3] bEzek.
36:3 1Lit.
made yourself
14 aIs. 65:13,
15 aObad. 12,
15 bLam. 4:21

CHAPTER 36 References

1 aEzek. 6:2, 3
2 aEzek. 25:3;
26:2 bDeut.
32:13 cEzek.
35:10 1Or

And make you 1most desolate;
4 I shall lay your cities waste, And you shall be desolate. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.

5 a“Because you have had an 1ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, bwhen their iniquity came to an end,
6 “therefore, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will prepare you for ablood, and blood shall pursue you; bsince you have not hated 1blood, therefore blood shall pursue you.
7 “Thus I will make Mount Seir 1most desolate, and cut off from it the aone who leaves and the one who returns.
8 “And I will fill its mountains with the slain; on your hills and in your valleys and in all your ravines those who are slain by the sword shall fall.
9 a“I will make you 1perpetually desolate, and your cities shall be uninhabited; bthen you shall know that I am the LORD.
10 “Because you have said, ‘These two nations and these two countries shall be mine, and we will apossess them,’ although bthe LORD was there,
11 “therefore, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “I will do aaccording to your anger and according to the envy which you showed in your hatred against them; and I will make Myself known among them when I judge you.
12 a“Then you shall know that I am the LORD. I have bheard all your cblasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’
13 “Thus awith your mouth you have 1boasted against Me and multiplied your bwords against Me; I have heard them.”
14 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: a“The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate.
15 a“As you rejoiced because the inheritance of the house of Israel was desolate, bso I will do to you; you shall be desolate, O Mount Seir, as well as all of Edom—all of it! Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” ’

Blessing on Israel


1 “And you, son of man, prophesy to the amountains of Israel, and say, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD!
2 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because athe enemy has said of you, ‘Aha! bThe 1ancient heights chave become our possession,’ ” ’
3 “therefore prophesy, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because they made you desolate and swal-

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lowed you up on every side, so that you became the possession of the rest of the nations, aand you are taken up by the lips of btalkers and slandered by the people”—
4 ‘therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD! Thus says the Lord GOD to the mountains, the hills, the 1rivers, the valleys, the desolate wastes, and the cities that have been forsaken, which abecame plunder and bmockery to the rest of the nations all around—
5 ‘therefore thus says the Lord GOD: a“Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, bwho gave My land to themselves as a possession, with wholehearted joy and 1spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country.” ’
6 “Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel, and say to the mountains, the hills, the rivers, and the valleys, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My fury, because you have aborne the shame of the nations.”
7 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I have araised My hand in an oath that surely the nations that are around you shall bbear their own shame.
8 “But you, O mountains of Israel, you shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit to My people Israel, for they are about to come.
9 “For indeed I am for you, and I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.
10 “I will multiply men upon you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities shall be inhabited and athe ruins rebuilt.
11 a“I will multiply upon you man and beast; and they shall increase and 1bear young; I will make you inhabited as in former times, and do bbetter for you than at your beginnings. cThen you shall know that I am the LORD.
12 “Yes, I will cause men to walk on you, My people Israel; athey shall take possession of you, and you shall be their inheritance; no more shall you bbereave them of children.”
13 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Because they say to you, a‘You devour men and bereave your nation of children,’
14 “therefore you shall devour men no more, nor bereave your nation anymore,” says the Lord GOD.
15 a“Nor will I let you hear the taunts of the nations anymore, nor bear the reproach of the peoples anymore, nor shall you cause your nation to stumble anymore,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”

The Renewal of Israel

16 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

3 aDeut. 28:37
bEzek. 35:13
4 aEzek. 34:8,
28 bPs. 79:4
1Or ravines
5 aDeut. 4:24
bEzek. 35:10,
12 1Lit. scorning
6 aPs. 74:10;
123:3, 4
7 aEzek. 20:5
bJer. 25:9, 15,
10 aAmos 9:14
11 aJer. 31:27;
33:12 bIs. 51:3
cEzek. 35:9;
37:6, 13 1Lit.
be fruitful
12 aObad. 17
bJer. 15:7
13 aNum.
15 aEzek.
17 aJer. 2:7
bLev. 15:19
18 aEzek.
16:36, 38;
19 aDeut.
28:64 b[Rom.
2:6] 20 aRom. 2:24
21 aEzek. 20:9,
22 aPs. 106:8
23 aEzek.
20:41; 28:22
24 aEzek.
34:13; 37:21
25 aHeb. 9:13,
19; 10:22 bJer.
26 aEzek.
27 aEzek.
11:19; 37:14
28 aEzek.
28:25; 37:25
bJer. 30:22
29 a[Rom.
11:26] bPs.
105:16 cEzek.
34:27, 29
30 aEzek.
31 aEzek.
16:61, 63
bEzek. 6:9;
20:43 1despise


17 “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, athey defiled it by their own ways and deeds; to Me their way was like bthe uncleanness of a woman in her customary impurity.
18 “Therefore I poured out My fury on them afor the blood they had shed on the land, and for their idols with which they had defiled it.
19 “So I ascattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed throughout the countries; I judged them baccording to their ways and their deeds.
20 “When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they aprofaned My holy name—when they said of them, ‘These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.’
21 “But I had concern afor My holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations wherever they went.
22 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, abut for My holy name’s sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went.
23 “And I will sanctify My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the LORD,” says the Lord GOD, “when I am ahallowed in you before their eyes.
24 “For aI will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land.
25 a“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you bfrom all your filthiness and from all your idols.
26 “I will give you a anew heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
27 “I will put My aSpirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.
28 a“Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; byou shall be My people, and I will be your God.
29 “I will adeliver you from all your uncleannesses. bI will call for the grain and multiply it, and cbring no famine upon you.
30 a“And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations.
31 “Then ayou will remember your evil ways and your deeds that were not good; and you bwill 1loathe yourselves in your own sight, for your iniquities and your abominations.

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32 a“Not for your sake do I do this,” says the Lord GOD, “let it be known to you. Be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!”
33 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, aand the ruins shall be rebuilt.
34 “The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by.
35 “So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of aEden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’
36 “Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. aI, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it.”
37 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: a“I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will bincrease their men like a flock.
38 “Like a 1flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its 2feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”

32 aDeut. 9:5
33 aEzek.
35 aJoel 2:3
36 aEzek.
17:24; 22:14;
37 aEzek. 14:3;
20:3, 31
bEzek. 36:10
38 1Lit. holy

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The Blessing and Suffering of the Godly

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 BLESSED is he who considers the 1poor; The LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
2 The LORD will preserve him and keep him alive, And he will be blessed on the earth; aYou will not deliver him to the will of his enemies.
3 The LORD will strengthen him on his bed of illness; You will 1sustain him on his sickbed.

4 I said, “LORD, be merciful to me; aHeal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”
5 My enemies speak evil of me: “When will he die, and his name perish?”
6 And if he comes to see me, he speaks 1lies; His heart gathers iniquity to itself; When he goes out, he tells it.

PSALM 41 References

1 1helpless or
2 aPs. 27:12
3 1restore
4 aPs. 6:2;
103:3; 147:3
6 1empty
7 1plot
8 1Lit. A thing
of Belial
9 a2 Sam.
15:12; Job
19:13, 19 bPs.
55:12–14, 20;
Jer. 20:10;
Obad. 7; [Mic.
7:5]; Matt.
21–25, 47–50;
John 13:18,
21–30; Acts
1:16, 17
1Acted as a
12 a[Job 36:7;
Ps. 21:6;
34:15] 13 aPs. 72:18,
19; 89:52;
106:48; 150:6

7 All who hate me whisper together against me; Against me they 1devise my hurt.
8 “An1 evil disease,” they say, “clings to him. And now that he lies down, he will rise up no more.”
9 aEven my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, bWho ate my bread, Has 1lifted up his heel against me.

10 But You, O LORD, be merciful to me, and raise me up, That I may repay them.
11 By this I know that You are well pleased with me, Because my enemy does not triumph over me.
12 As for me,You uphold me in my integrity, And aset me before Your face forever.

13 aBlessed be the LORD God of Israel From everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.




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