4我的上帝耶和华说：“你去牧养这群待宰的羊吧。 5买羊宰羊的不受惩罚，卖羊的说，‘耶和华当受称颂！我发财了。’它们的牧人不怜悯它们。 6因此，我不再怜悯这地方的居民，我要使他们落在邻人及其君王手中，任这地方被摧毁，必不从敌人手中拯救他们。这是耶和华说的。”
然而，我厌烦羊群，他们也厌恶我。 9于是我说：“我不再牧养你们了。要死的就死吧，要灭亡的就灭亡吧，让剩下的互相吞吃吧。” 10然后，我拿起那根叫“恩惠”的杖，把它折断，以废除我与万民所立的约。 11约就在当天废除了，那些注视着我的困苦羊便知道这是上帝的话。
12我对他们说：“你们若认为好，就给我工钱，不然就算了。”于是，他们给了我三十块银子作工钱。 13耶和华对我说：“把这一大笔钱丢给窑户吧，这就是我在他们眼中的价值！”我便把三十块银子丢给圣殿中的窑户。 14我又把那根叫“联合”的杖折断，以断开犹大和以色列之间的手足之情。
1Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. 2Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.11.2 mighty: or, gallants11.2 the forest…: or, the defenced forest
3¶ There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.
4Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter; 5Whose 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. 6For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver 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.11.6 deliver: Heb. make to be found 7And 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.11.7 even…: or, verily the poor11.7 Bands: or, Binders 8Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me.11.8 lothed…: Heb. was straightened for them 9Then 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.11.9 another: Heb. his fellow, or, neighbour
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. 11And 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.11.11 so…: or, the poor of the flock, etc. certainly knew 12And 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.11.12 If ye…: Heb. If it be good in your eyes 13And 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. 14Then I cut asunder mine other staff, even Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.11.14 Bands: or, Binders
15¶ And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd. 16For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.11.16 cut off: or, hidden11.16 feed: or, bear 17Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.