1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 2 "Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD to the shepherds: a "Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 b "You eat the fat and clothe yourselves with the wool; you c slaughter the fatlings, but you do not feed the flock. 4 d "The weak you have not strengthened, nor have you healed those who were sick, nor bound up the broken, nor brought back what was driven away, nor e sought what was lost; but with f force and 1 cruelty you have ruled them. 5 g "So they were h scattered because there was no shepherd; i and they became food for all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. 6 "My sheep j wandered through all the mountains, and on every high hill; yes, My flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them."
7 'Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8 "As I live," says the Lord GOD, "surely because My flock became a prey, and My flock k became food for every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, nor did My shepherds search for My flock, l but the shepherds fed themselves and did not feed My flock" - 9 'therefore, O shepherds, hear the word of the LORD! 10 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Behold, I am m against the shepherds, and n I will require My flock at their hand; I will cause them to cease feeding the sheep, and the shepherds shall o feed themselves no more; for I will p deliver My flock from their mouths, that they may no longer be food for them."New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.