Zechariah 11:4-14 King James Version

The Foolish Shepherds

4  Thus saith the Lord my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; 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. 6  For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the Lord: but, lo, I will deliver [1] 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. 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 flock. 8  Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed [2] them, and their soul also abhorred me. 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. [3] 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 people. 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 Lord. 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. 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. 14  Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, [4] that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.


[1] 11:6 deliver: Heb. make to be found

[2] 11:8 lothed...: Heb. was straightened for them

[3] 11:9 another: Heb. his fellow, or, neighbour

[4] 11:14 Bands: or, Binders

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