Ezekiel 34:11
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New International Version
"'For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them.

New Living Translation
"For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search and find my sheep.

English Standard Version
“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out.

New American Standard Bible
For thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.

King James Bible
For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For this is what the Lord GOD says: See, I Myself will search for My flock and look for them.

International Standard Version
"This is what the LORD says: 'Watch me! I'm going to search for my flock. I'll watch over them myself.

NET Bible
"'For this is what the sovereign LORD says: Look, I myself will search for my sheep and seek them out.

New Heart English Bible
"'For thus says the Lord GOD: "Look, I myself, even I, will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'This is what the Almighty LORD says: I will search for my sheep myself, and I will look after them.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, here am I, and I will search for My sheep, and seek them out.

New American Standard 1977
For thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For thus hath the Lord GOD said: Behold, I, even I, will both search and recognize my sheep.

King James 2000 Bible
For thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search for my sheep, and seek them out.

American King James Version
For thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

American Standard Version
For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I myself, even I, will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thus saith the Lord God: Behold I myself will seek my sheep, and will visit them.

Darby Bible Translation
For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold I, [even] I, will both search for my sheep, and tend them.

English Revised Version
For thus saith the Lord GOD: Behold, I myself, even I, will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I even I, will both search for my sheep, and seek them out.

World English Bible
For thus says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I myself, even I, will search for my sheep, and will seek them out.

Young's Literal Translation
For thus said the Lord Jehovah: Lo, I -- even I, have required My flock, And I have sought it out.
Study Bible
The Good Shepherd
10'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I am against the shepherds, and I will demand My sheep from them and make them cease from feeding sheep. So the shepherds will not feed themselves anymore, but I will deliver My flock from their mouth, so that they will not be food for them."'" 11For thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out. 12"As a shepherd cares for his herd in the day when he is among his scattered sheep, so I will care for My sheep and will deliver them from all the places to which they were scattered on a cloudy and gloomy day.…
Cross References
John 10:11
I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

Psalm 23:1
A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Ezekiel 11:17
"Therefore say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD, "I will gather you from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel."'

Ezekiel 20:41
"As a soothing aroma I will accept you when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you from the lands where you are scattered; and I will prove Myself holy among you in the sight of the nations.
Treasury of Scripture

For thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out.

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Ezekiel 5:8 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I, even I, am against you…

Ezekiel 6:3 And say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord GOD; …

Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters on the earth, …

Leviticus 26:28 Then I will walk contrary to you also in fury; and I, even I, will …

Deuteronomy 32:39 See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, …

Isaiah 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man on it: I, even my hands, have …

Isaiah 51:12 I, even I, am he that comforts you: who are you, that you should …

Hosea 5:14 For I will be to Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house …

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Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want…

Psalm 80:1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you that lead Joseph like a flock; …

Psalm 119:176 I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek your servant; for I do …

Isaiah 40:10,11 Behold, the Lord GOD will come with strong hand, and his arm shall …

Isaiah 56:8 The Lord GOD, which gathers the outcasts of Israel said, Yet will …

Jeremiah 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries where …

Jeremiah 31:8 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them …

Matthew 13:11,12 He answered and said to them, Because it is given to you to know …

Luke 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must …

(11) Behold, I, even I.--The rich promises of the following verses are all essentially contained in this, that Jehovah Himself will be the Shepherd of His flock. It is the same assurance as that given by the Saviour in John 10, and here, as there, must necessarily be understood spiritually. In the following verses many promises are given of an earthly and temporary character, and these were fulfilled partly in the. restoration from exile, partly in the glorious deliverance of the Church from its foes under the Maccabees. But these deliverances themselves were but types of the more glorious Messianic deliverance of the future, and necessary means whereby it was secured. The promise of that deliverance could only be brought at all within the comprehension of the people by setting it forth in earthly language, just as even now it is impossible for us to understand the glories of the Church triumphant, except by the aid of the sensible images in which Scripture has portrayed them. Far less was it possible to this people, so much behind us in spiritual education and enlightenment.

Verse 11. - Behold, I, even I, etc. The words, as the last reference shows, and as we find in vers. 23-31, do not exclude, rather they imply, human instrumentality, just us our Lord's do in Matthew 18:12 and Luke 15:4-7; but they reveal the truth that Jehovah is the true Shepherd of his people. Not the sweet psalmist of Israel only, but the lowest outcast, might use the language of Psalm 23, and say, "The Lord is my Shepherd." He will gather the sheep that have been scattered in the "cloudy and dark day," the day of the Lord's judgment (Ezekiel 30:3). For the prophet the words pointed to that vision of a restored Israel, which was dominant in the expectations both of Isaiah (or the Deutero-Isaiah) in Ezekiel 40-48, and in Jeremiah (Jeremiah 33:12-18), which floated before the minds of the apostles (Acts 1:6), and to which even St. Paul looked forward as the solution of the great problems of the world's history (Romans 9-11.). For thus saith the Lord God,.... Since the shepherds are so negligent, careless, and cruel:

behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out; as he did the Jews, in all countries where they were, so his elect in all places where they are: he is the omniscient God, and knows them that are his, and can call his own sheep by name; he knows the places where they are; for he has fixed the bounds of their habitation, and was delighting himself in the habitable parts of the earth, where he knew they would be, even before the world was; he knows the time of finding them, which he himself has fixed, and which is a time of love, and a time of life; and he can distinguish them, notwithstanding the filth they have contracted by their sins and transgressions, and from the crowd they are among: and he is the omnipotent God, that can take them out of what hands soever they may be, or in whatsoever state and condition they are; though in the hands of Satan, in the paws of that devouring lion, and in a pit wherein is no water, in a horrible pit, the mire and clay: he that says this is the owner and proprietor of them; and that is the reason why he searches and seeks them out; and which he repeats for the confirmation of it, and to show the vehemence of his affection towards them, and how bent he is upon it, and how eager and resolute in his pursuit after them: he searches for his chosen people among the ruins of Adam's fall, in whom they fell as others; among the men of the world, where they are; among the dust of the earth, where his lost piece of silver and those pearls lie; among the mountains of sin or self-righteousness, where these sheep are wandering; and he never leaves off seeking and searching till he has found them: and what moves him to it is not their nature, for they are no better than others; nor their numbers, for they are few; but his love to them, the relation he stands in to them as their shepherd, his interest and property in them, his covenant on their account, and also his own glory. 11. I … will … search—doing that which the so-called shepherds had failed to do, I being the rightful owner of the flock.34:7-16 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.
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