Ezekiel Chapter 34
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2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?
4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
8 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;
10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.
12 As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in the day that he is among his sheep that are scattered; so will I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.
13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?
27 And the tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe in their land, and shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them.
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Matthew Henry's Ezekiel Chapter 34 Bible commentary...
The rulers reproved. (1-6) The people are to be restored to their own land. (7-16) The kingdom of Christ. (17-31)1-6 The people became as sheep without a shepherd, were given up as a prey to their enemies, and the land was utterly desolated. No rank or office can exempt from the reproofs of God's word, men who neglect their duty, and abuse the trust reposed in them.
7-16 The Lord declared that he intended mercy towards the scattered flock. Doubtless this, in the first place, had reference to the restoration of the Jews. It also represented the good Shepherd's tender care of the souls of his people. He finds them in their days of darkness and ignorance, and brings them to his fold. He comes to their relief in times of persecution and temptation. He leads them in the ways of righteousness, and causes them to rest on his love and faithfulness. The proud and self-sufficient, are enemies of the true gospel and of believers; against such we must guard. He has rest for disquieted saints, and terror for presumptuous sinners.
17-31 The whole nation seemed to be the Lord's flock, yet they were very different characters; but he knew how to distinguish between them. By good pastures and deep waters, are meant the pure word of God and the dispensing of justice. The latter verses, #23-31|, prophesy of Christ, and of the most glorious times of his church on earth. Under Him, as the good Shepherd, the church would be a blessing to all around. Christ, though excellent in himself, was as a tender plant out of a dry ground. Being the Tree of life, bearing all the fruits of salvation, he yields spiritual food to the souls of his people. Our constant desire and prayer should be, that there may be showers of blessings in every place where the truth of Christ is preached; and that all who profess the gospel may be filled with fruits of righteousness.
Therese's Ezekiel Chapter 34 comment on 4/26/2013, 7:08pm...
I love starting in verse 11. I believe this scripture is speaking of what a Pastor/Shepherd should look like. Caring, nurturing, instructing, feeding, encouraging, helping, teaching, showing how to Love God!
Daniel Prendergast's Ezekiel Chapter 34 comment about verse 29 on 3/07/2013, 1:11pm...
I have not read the Bible in years, since I was a boy.
Sharon Wetmore's Ezekiel Chapter 34 comment on 3/02/2013, 1:16pm...
Seems this is a warning to all who are pastors, those that have fed themselves, confused the sheep and scattered them. I think that it is also a warning to each of us. It is so easy to look at the pastor and judge. It is only God and His Son that are perfect. We should still not forsake the assemblies.
Bruceharris's Ezekiel Chapter 34 comment on 12/22/2012, 4:10pm...
The restoration of Israel..
Anon's Ezekiel Chapter 34 comment about verse 29 on 12/21/2012, 12:01pm...
Ezekiel 34:29 declares “And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more”.
What plant is it about? Because some suggest it is Hemp.
Lynette's Ezekiel Chapter 34 comment on 11/03/2012, 2:48pm...
This beautiful and passionate passage proves to me that we as his children are well taken care of when we bring our supplications to him. Also insinuates fear (respect), fear to obey and watch where we trample our feet.
Mmadu Jude's Ezekiel Chapter 34 comment on 11/22/2011, 10:38am...
This chapter touches me a lot. I feel renewed after reading and meditating on this. God really cares about His children, and always wants us to be happy. My God is indeed God.
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