11:1 Open thy doors, O a Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.
(a) Because the Jews thought themselves so strong
by reason of this mountain, that no enemy could come to hurt them, the Prophet
shows that when God sends the enemies, it will show itself ready to receive
11:2 Wail, b
fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are laid waste: wail, O ye
oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the c
vintage is come down.
(b) Showing that if the strong men were
destroyed, the weaker were not able to resist.
(c) Seeing that Lebanon was destroyed, which was
the strongest fortress, the weaker places could not hope to hold out.
11:3 [There is] a voice of the wailing of the
shepherds; for their d glory is
destroyed: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is
(d) That is, the fame of Judah and Israel would
11:4 Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of
the e slaughter;
(e) Which being now destined to be slain, were
delivered as out of the lion's mouth.
11:5 Whose possessors slay them, and hold
themselves f not guilty: and they that
sell them say, g Blessed [be] the LORD;
for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.
(f) Their governors destroy them without any
remorse of conscience, or yet thinking that they do evil.
(g) He notes the hypocrites, who always have the
name of God in their mouths, though in their life and doings they deny God,
attributing their gain to God's blessings, which comes from the wealth of
11:6 For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the
land, saith the LORD: but, lo, h I will
deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his i
king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver
(h) I will cause one to destroy another.
(i) Their governors will execute cruelty over
11:7 And I will feed the flock of slaughter, [even]
you, k O poor of the flock. And I took
to me l two staffs; the one I called
Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.
(k) That is, the small remnant, whom he though
worthy to show mercy to.
(l) God shows his great benefits toward his
people to convince them of greater ingratitude, who would neither be ruled by
his most beautiful order of government, neither continue in the bands of
brotherly unity, and therefore he breaks both the one and the other. Some read
"Destroyers" instead of "Bands", but in (Zechariah
11:14) the second reading is confirmed.
Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed n
them, and their soul also abhorred me.
(m) By which he shows his care and diligence that
he would not allow them to have evil rulers, so that they would consider his
(n) Meaning, the people, because they would not
acknowledge these great benefits of God.
And it was broken in that day: and so the o
poor of the flock that waited upon me knew that it [was] the word of the LORD.
(o) He shows that the least always profit by
11:12 And I said to them, If ye think good, give
[me] p my price; and if not, forbear. So
they weighed for my price thirty [pieces] of silver.
(p) Besides their ingratitude, God accuses them
of malice and wickedness, who did not only forget his benefits, but esteemed
them as nothing.
11:13 And the LORD said to me, Cast it to the q
potter: a glorious price that I was valued at by them. And I took the thirty
[pieces] of silver, and cast them to the potter in the house of the LORD.
(q) Showing that it was too little to pay his
wages with, which could hardly suffice to make a few tiles to cover the
11:15 And the LORD said to
me, Take to thee yet r the instruments
of a foolish shepherd.
(r) Signifying that they should have a certain
type of regiment and outward show of government: but in effect it would be
nothing, for they would be wolves, and devouring beasts instead of shepherds.
11:16 For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the
land, [who] shall not visit those that are cut off, neither shall seek the young
one, nor heal that which is broken, nor feed that which s
standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in
(s) And is in health and sound.
11:17 Woe to the idle shepherd that leaveth the
flock! the sword [shall be] upon his t
arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be wholly dried up, and his right eye
shall be utterly darkened.
(t) By the arm he signifies strength, as he does
wisdom and judgments by the eye: that is, the plague of God will take away
both your strength and judgment.