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2 After two days will he revive eth and knoweth me, that I am us: in the third day he will raise the LORD which exercise lovingus up, and we shall live in his kindness, judgment, and righteoussight.

ness, in the earth: for in these 3 Then shall we know, if we fol- things I delight, saith the Lord. low on to know the LORD: his go- EZEK. XLVI:16-18/B. C. 593 ing forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as 16 | Thus saith the Lord God; the rain, as the latter and former If the prince give a gift unto any rain unto the earth.

of his sons, the inheritance thereof

shall be his sons'; it shall be their MICAH VI:6-8%B. C. 710 possession by inheritance. 6 Wherewith shall I come be

17 But if he give a gift of his fore the Lord, and bow myself then it shall be his to the year of

inheritance to one of his servants, before the high God? shall I come before him with burntofferings, the prince: but his inheritance

liberty; after, it shall return to with calves of a year old?

shall be his sons' for them. 7 Will the Lord be pleased with

18 Moreover, the prince shall thousands of rams, or with ten ten thousands of rivers of oil? by oppression, to thrust them out

not take of the people's inheritance shall I give my firstborn for my of their possession: but he shall transgression, the fruit of my body give his sons inheritance out of for the sin of my soul?

his own possession: that my people 8 He hath shewed thee, 0 man,

be not scattered every man from what is good; and what doth the his possession. LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to ZECH. VIII:16-17—B. C. 518 walk humbly with thy God?

16 | These are the things that

ye shall do; Speak ye every man JEV. IX:23-24—B. C. 600

the truth to his neighbour; exe23 | Thus saith the LORD, Let cute the judgment of truth and not the wise man glory in his wis- peace in your gates: dom, neither let the mighty man 17 And let none of you imagine glory in his might, let not the rich evil in your hearts against his man glory in his riches:

neighbour; and love no false oath: 24 But let him that glorieth, for all these are things that I hate, glory in this, that he understand- saith the LORD.

BLIND, FOOLISH AND

WORTHLESS SHEPHERDS

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fierce anger.

38 He hath forsaken his covert, IS. LVI:9-12-B. C. 712

as the lion: for their land is deso9 All ye beasts of the field, late because of the fierceness of come to devour; yea, all ye beasts the oppressor, and because of his in the forest.

10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb EZEK. XXXIV:1-10-B. C. 587 dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

1 And the word of the LORD 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs came unto me, saying, , which can never have enough, and 2 Son of man, prophesy against they are shepherds that cannot the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, understand: they all look to their and say unto them, Thus saith the own way, every one for his gain, Lord God unto the shepherds; from his quarter.

Woe be to the shepherds of Israel 12 Come ye, say they, I will that do feed themselves! should fetch wine, and we will fill our- not the shepherds feed the flocks? selves with strong drink; and to

3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe morrow shall be as this day, and

you with the wool, ye kill them much more abundant.

that are fed: but ye feed not the

flock. JER. XXV:34-38-B. C. 606

4 The diseased have ye not 34 | Howl, ye shepherds, and strengthened, neither have cry; and wallow yourselves in the healed that which was sick, neithashes, ye principal of the flock: er have ye bound up that which for the days of your slaughter and was broken, neither have ye of your dispersions are accom-brought again that which was plished; and ye shall fall like a driven away, neither have ye pleasant vessel.

sought that which was lost; but 35 And the shepherds shall have with force and with cruelty have no way to flee, nor the principal ye ruled them. of the flock to escape.

5 And they were scattered, be36 A voice of the cry of the cause there is no shepherd: and shepherds, and an howling of the they became meat to all the beasts principal of the flock, shall be of the field, when they were scatheard: for the LORD hath spoiled tered. their pasture.

6 My sheep wandered through 37 And the peaceable habita- all the mountains, and upon every tions are cut down because of the high hill: yea, my flock was scatfierce anger of the LORD.

tered upon

all the face of the

earth, and none did search or seek ZECH. XI:15-17—B. C. 517 after them.

7 Therefore, ye shepherds, 15 || And the Lord said unto me, hear the word of the LORD;

Take unto thee yet the instruments 8 As I live, saith the Lord God, of a foolish shepherd. surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat 16 For, lo, I will raise up a to every beast of the field, because shepherd in the land, which shall there was no shepherd, neither did not visit those that be cut off, my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves. neither shall seek the young one,

, and fed not my flock;

nor heal that that is broken, nor 9 Therefore, o ye shepherds, feed that that standeth still: but hear the word of the LORD; he shall eat the flesh of the fat,

10 Thus saith the Lord God; Be- and tear their claws in pieces. hold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at * 17 Woe to the idol shepherd that their hand, and cause them to leaveth the flock! the sword shall cease from feeding the flock; be upon his arm, and upon his neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will right eye: his arm shall be clean deliver my flock from their mouth, dried up, and his right eye shall that they may not be meat for be utterly darkened. them.

*Zech. 11:17—“Woe to the worthless shepherd..." R. V.

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