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Zechariah 11

The Doomed Flock

1Open your doors, O Lebanon,
That fire may devour your cedars.

Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen,
Because the magnificent trees have been destroyed;
Wail, O oaks of Bashan,
For the inaccessible forest [on the steep mountainside] has come down.

There is a sound of the shepherds’ wail,
For their splendor (grazing land) is ruined;
There is a sound of the young lions’ roar,
For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.

Thus says the Lord my God, “Pasture the flock doomed for slaughter, whose buyers slay them and go unpunished, and those who sell them say, ‘Blessed be the Lord, for I have become rich!’ And their own shepherds have no pity on them nor protect them [from the wolves]. For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land,” declares the Lord; “but behold, I will cause the men to fall, each into the hand of another and into the hands of his [foreign] king. And the enemy will strike the land, and I will not rescue the people from their hand.”

So I [Zechariah] pastured the flock doomed for slaughter, truly [as the name implies] the most miserable of sheep. And I took two [shepherd’s] staffs, the one I called Favor (Grace) and the other I called Union (Bonds); so I pastured the flock. Then I eliminated the three [incompetent, unfit] shepherds [the civil rulers, the priests, and the prophets] in one month, for I was impatient with them, and they also were tired of me and despised me. So I said, “I will not pasture you. What is to die, let it die, and what is to be destroyed, let it be destroyed; and let the survivors devour one another’s flesh.” 10 I took my staff, Favor, and broke it in pieces, breaking the covenant which I had made with all the peoples. 11 So the covenant was broken on that day, and thus the most wretched of the flock who were watching me realized that it was the word of the Lord. 12 I said to them, “If it seems good to you, give me my wages; but if not, do not.” So they weighed out [a]thirty pieces of silver as my wages. 13 [b]Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter [as if to the dogs]—that magnificent sum at which I am valued by them!” So I took the thirty pieces of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the Lord. 14 Then I broke my second staff, Union, into pieces to break the brotherhood between Judah (the Southern Kingdom) and Israel (the Northern Kingdom).

15 The Lord said to me, “Take again for yourself the equipment [of a shepherd, but this time] of a foolish shepherd. 16 For behold, I am going to raise up a [false] shepherd in the land who will not care for the perishing, seek the scattered, heal the broken, or feed the healthy; but will eat the flesh of the fat ones and tear off their hoofs [to consume everything].

“Woe (judgment is coming) to the worthless and foolish shepherd
Who deserts the flock!
The sword will strike his arm
And his right eye!
His arm shall be totally withered
And his right eye completely blinded.”


  1. Zechariah 11:12 Since the type of coin is not stated, shekels can be assumed. The shekel was the standard wage for a day of labor, and the payment was weighed because the shekel was actually a unit of weight.
  2. Zechariah 11:13 At this point the pre-incarnate Christ intervenes and prophetically refers to the payment given by the religious leaders to Judas for his betrayal (Matt 26:15).

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

撒迦利亞書 11




我的上帝耶和華說:「你去牧養這群待宰的羊吧。 買羊宰羊的不受懲罰,賣羊的說,『耶和華當受稱頌!我發財了。』牠們的牧人不憐憫牠們。 因此,我不再憐憫這地方的居民,我要使他們落在鄰人及其君王手中,任這地方被摧毀,必不從敵人手中拯救他們。這是耶和華說的。」

於是,我牧養這群最困苦的待宰之羊。我拿了兩根杖,一根叫「恩惠」,一根叫「聯合」,開始牧養羊群。 我在一個月之內除掉了三個牧人。

然而,我厭煩羊群,他們也厭惡我。 於是我說:「我不再牧養你們了。要死的就死吧,要滅亡的就滅亡吧,讓剩下的互相吞吃吧。」 10 然後,我拿起那根叫「恩惠」的杖,把它折斷,以廢除我與萬民所立的約。 11 約就在當天廢除了,那些注視著我的困苦羊便知道這是上帝的話。

12 我對他們說:「你們若認為好,就給我工錢,不然就算了。」於是,他們給了我三十塊銀子作工錢。 13 耶和華對我說:「把這一大筆錢丟給窯戶吧,這就是我在他們眼中的價值!」我便把三十塊銀子丟給聖殿中的窯戶。 14 我又把那根叫「聯合」的杖折斷,以斷開猶大和以色列之間的手足之情。

15 耶和華又對我說:「你再拿起愚昧牧人的器具, 16 因為我要使一位牧人在地上興起,他不照顧喪亡的,不尋找失散的,不醫治受傷的,不牧養健壯的,反而吃肥羊的肉,撕掉牠們的蹄子。

17 「丟棄羊群的無用牧人有禍了!