Jeremiah 10:21
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New International Version
The shepherds are senseless and do not inquire of the LORD; so they do not prosper and all their flock is scattered.

New Living Translation
The shepherds of my people have lost their senses. They no longer seek wisdom from the LORD. Therefore, they fail completely, and their flocks are scattered.

English Standard Version
For the shepherds are stupid and do not inquire of the LORD; therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.

New American Standard Bible
For the shepherds have become stupid And have not sought the LORD; Therefore they have not prospered, And all their flock is scattered.

King James Bible
For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the shepherds are stupid: they don't seek the LORD. Therefore they have not prospered, and their whole flock is scattered.

International Standard Version
Because the shepherds are stupid and don't seek the LORD, therefore, they don't prosper, and their flock is scattered.

NET Bible
For our leaders are stupid. They have not sought the LORD's advice. So they do not act wisely, and the people they are responsible for have all been scattered.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The shepherds are foolish. They don't look to the LORD for help. That is why they won't succeed, and all their flocks will be scattered.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the pastors are become carnal and have not sought the LORD; therefore they did not understand, and all their flocks scattered.

King James 2000 Bible
For the shepherds have become senseless, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

American King James Version
For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

American Standard Version
For the shepherds are become brutish, and have not inquired of Jehovah: therefore they have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because the pastors have done foolishly, and have not sought the Lord: therefore have they not understood, and all their flock is scattered.

Darby Bible Translation
For the shepherds are become brutish, and have not sought Jehovah; therefore have they not acted wisely, and all their flock is scattered.

English Revised Version
For the shepherds are become brutish, and have not inquired of the LORD: therefore they have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the pastors have become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

World English Bible
For the shepherds are become brutish, and have not inquired of Yahweh: therefore they have not prospered, and all their flocks are scattered.

Young's Literal Translation
For the shepherds have become brutish, And Jehovah they have not sought, Therefore they have not acted wisely, And all their flock is scattered.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

10:17-25 The Jews who continued in their own land, felt secure. But, sooner or later, sinners will find all things as the word of God has declared, and that its threatenings are not empty terrors. Submission will support the believer under every grief allotted to him; but what can render the load of Divine vengeance easy to be borne by those who fall under it in sullen despair? Those cannot expect to prosper, who do not, by faith and prayer, take God with them in all their ways. The report of the enemy's approach was very dreadful. Yet the designs which men lay deep, and think well formed, are dashed to pieces in a moment. Events are often overruled, so as to be quite contrary to what we intended and expected. If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God's rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath. Those who restrain prayer, prove that they know not God; for those who know him will seek him, and seek his favour. If even severe corrections lead sinners to be convinced of wholesome truths, they will have abundant cause for gratitude. And they will then humble themselves before the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 21. - The pastors; i.e. the civil authorities (see on Jeremiah 2:8). They shall not prosper; rather, they have not prospered; or, better still, they have not acted wisely, the notion of prospering being rather suggested than expressed (the same word is used in Isaiah lit. 13).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the pastors are become brutish,.... The "kings" of Judah, so the Targum, Jarchi, and Kimchi, as Jehoiakim and Zedekiah; though it need not be restrained to these only, but may include all inferior civil magistrates, and even all ecclesiastical rulers, who were the shepherds of the people; but these being like the brute beasts, and without understanding of civil and religious things, and not knowing how to govern the people either in a political or ecclesiastical way, were the cause of their ruin.

And have not sought the Lord; this is an instance of their brutishness and stupidity, and opens the source of all their mistakes and misfortunes; they did not seek the Lord for counsel, by whom kings reign well, and princes decree justice; nor doctrine from the Lord, as the Targum, as the priests and prophets should have done, in order to instruct the people, and feed them with knowledge and understanding; nor did either of them seek the glory of God in what they did, but their own interest, worldly advantage, or applause:

therefore they shall not prosper; in their kingdom, and in the several offices and stations in which they were. Some render the words, "therefore they do not act prudently" (b); not consulting the Lord, nor warning the people, nor giving them notice of approaching danger:

and all their flocks shall be scattered; the people of the Jews that were under their government, civil or ecclesiastical, should be dispersed in several nations, and especially in Chaldee; wherefore it follows:

(b) "non egerunt prudenter", Vatablus, Tigurine version; "non intellexerunt", Pagninus, Montanus.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

21. pastors—the rulers, civil and religious. This verse gives the cause of the impending calamity.

Jeremiah 10:21 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Coming Destruction
20My tent is destroyed, And all my ropes are broken; My sons have gone from me and are no more. There is no one to stretch out my tent again Or to set up my curtains. 21For the shepherds have become stupid And have not sought the LORD; Therefore they have not prospered, And all their flock is scattered. 22The sound of a report! Behold, it comes-- A great commotion out of the land of the north-- To make the cities of Judah A desolation, a haunt of jackals.
Cross References
Jeremiah 2:8
The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.

Jeremiah 22:30
This is what the LORD says: "Record this man as if childless, a man who will not prosper in his lifetime, for none of his offspring will prosper, none will sit on the throne of David or rule anymore in Judah."

Jeremiah 23:1
"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:2
Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: "Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done," declares the LORD.

Ezekiel 34:2
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock?

Ezekiel 34:5
So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.
Treasury of Scripture

For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.

the pastors.

Jeremiah 10:8,14 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine …

Jeremiah 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

Jeremiah 8:9 The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: see, they …

Jeremiah 12:10 Many pastors have destroyed my vineyard, they have trodden my portion …

Jeremiah 23:9 My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones …

Isaiah 56:10-12 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Ezekiel 22:25-30 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the middle thereof, like …

Ezekiel 34:2-10 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and …

John 10:12,13 But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep …

Zechariah 10:3 My anger was kindled against the shepherds, and I punished the goats: …

their.

Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be to the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! …

Jeremiah 49:32 And their camels shall be a booty, and the multitude of their cattle a spoil…

Jeremiah 50:17 Israel is a scattered sheep; the lions have driven him away: first …

Ezekiel 34:5,6,12 And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became …

Zechariah 13:7 Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man that is …

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