Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
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11 For thus says the LordA God:B, C I myself will searchD for my sheep,E and will seek them out.F
12 As shepherdsG seek outH their flocksI whenJ they are among their scatteredK sheep,
so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescueL them from all the placesM to which they have been scatteredN on a day of clouds and thick darkness.O
13 I will bring them out from the peoplesP and gather them from the countries,Q and will bring them into their own land;R
and I will feedS them on the mountains of Israel,T by the watercourses,U and in all the inhabited partsV of the land.W
14 I will feed them with goodX pasture,Y and the mountain heightsZ of Israel shall be their pasture;AA
there they shall lie downBB in good grazing land,CC and they shall feed on richDD pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, saysEE the Lord God.
16 I will seekFF the lost,GG and I will bring backHH the strayed,II
and I will bind upJJ the injured,KK and I will strengthenLL the weak,MM
but the fatNN and the strongOO I will destroy.PP I will feed them with justice.QQ
20 Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them:RR I myself will judgeSS between the fatTT sheepUU and the lean sheep.
21 Because you pushedVV with flankWW and shoulder,XX and buttedYY at all the weak animals with your hornsZZ until you scattered them far and wide,AAA
22 I will saveBBB my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged;CCC and I will judge between sheep and sheep. 23 I will set upDDD over them one shepherd, my servantEEE David,FFF and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd.
24 And I, the Lord,GGG will be their God,HHH and my servant David shall be princeIII among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.
Image credit: “Good Shepherd” by Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1902-1903.