Ezekiel 34:3

“Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Yee eate the fat, and ye clothe you with the wooll, yee kill them that are fed: but ye feede not the flocke.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fat {sheep} without feeding the flock.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill the fatlings; but ye feed not the sheep.
- American Standard Version (1901)

You take the milk and are clothed with the wool, you put the fat beasts to death, but you give the sheep no food.
- Basic English Bible

Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool; ye kill them that are fattened: [but] ye feed not the flock.
- Darby Bible

Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe yourselves with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.
- Webster's Bible

You eat the fat, and you clothe yourself with the wool, you kill the fatlings; but you don't feed the sheep.
- World English Bible

The fat ye do eat, and the wool ye put on, The fed one ye slaughter, the flock ye feed not.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Ye did eat the fat, and ye clothed you with the wool, ye killed the fatlings; but ye fed not the sheep.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Ezekiel 34:3


34:3 Ye kill - You contrive methods, to take first the life, and next the estate of the well - fed, the rich and wealthy. But - You take care to lead, protect, provide for, and watch over them.


Discussion for Ezekiel 34

  • A disciple
    I think there is sometimes too readily used the symbolism of things spoken of in the Bible; when it should better be understood by its intended meaning first. The Scriptures of the Prophets were primarily directed toward Israel; a real people, who really did the things written about them; and who are to this day really still like that! They are in the world among the Nation for a testimony to GOD.
  • A disciple
    Sisters in Christ; You are absolutely right with relating this to Pastors of Churches; but look closely also at whom exactly the LORD is speaking this; and remember the parable of the wicked husbandmen, who murdered the Heir and usurped control of the LORD's vineyard, the House of Israel; in whom you all have been grafted in through faith in Christ. This should open up your understanding to more.
  • A disciple
    While we easily see the use in describing a mutual relation between those to whom the Word is first directed, and their modern-day counterparts; it is in a spirit of error that men are willing to sacrifice (slaughter) what is morally right, for the advancement of their own base gain and for their Satanic need of being recognized by men as a "holy one" and a "very religious and influential" man.
  • Lucia szymanik
    I agree with Portia's comments. The Gospel must be preached only the Truth of God's Word.
  • Lucia szymanik
    All Pastors and Ministers must preach to the body of Christ His Church; to edify, to exhort, to build up and to correct. This is acceptable to the Lord.
  • Lucia szymanik
    I agree with Portia's comment. Pastor's today are not preaching the True Word of God to the Body of Christ except with few exceptions. There is mostly falsehood(error) that is leading the flock of God astray. All those called to Spiritual Authority hold the highest account before God and will have to give an account before Him.

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