Zechariah 11:3
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New International Version
Listen to the wail of the shepherds; their rich pastures are destroyed! Listen to the roar of the lions; the lush thicket of the Jordan is ruined!

New Living Translation
Listen to the wailing of the shepherds, for their rich pastures are destroyed. Hear the young lions roaring, for their thickets in the Jordan Valley are ruined.

English Standard Version
The sound of the wail of the shepherds, for their glory is ruined! The sound of the roar of the lions, for the thicket of the Jordan is ruined!

New American Standard Bible
There is a sound of the shepherds' wail, For their glory is ruined; There is a sound of the young lions' roar, For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.

King James Bible
There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Listen to the wail of the shepherds, for their glory is destroyed. Listen to the roar of young lions, for the thickets of the Jordan are destroyed.

International Standard Version
Hear the wailing of the shepherds, for the magnificence of the forest is ruined! Hear the roar of the lions, for the Jordan's arrogance is ruined!

NET Bible
Listen to the howling of shepherds, because their magnificence has been destroyed. Listen to the roaring of young lions, because the thickets of the Jordan have been devastated.

New Heart English Bible
A voice of the wailing of the shepherds. For their glory is destroyed: a voice of the roaring of young lions. For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen! The shepherds are crying, because their rich pastures are destroyed. Listen! The young lions are roaring, because the lush banks of the Jordan are destroyed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hark! the wailing of the shepherds, For their glory is spoiled; Hark! the roaring of young lions, For the thickets of the Jordan are spoiled.

New American Standard 1977
There is a sound of the shepherds’ wail,
            For their glory is ruined;
            There is a sound of the young lions’ roar,
            For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.

Jubilee Bible 2000
There is a voice of the howling of the pastors; for their magnificence is destroyed; a voice of the roaring of young lions, for the pride of the Jordan is destroyed.

King James 2000 Bible
There is a sound of the wailing of the shepherds; for their glory is in ruins: a sound of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of the Jordan is in ruins.

American King James Version
There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

American Standard Version
A voice of the wailing of the shepherds! for their glory is destroyed: a voice of the roaring of young lions! for the pride of the Jordan is laid waste.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The voice of the howling of the shepherds, because their glory is laid waste: the voice of the roaring of the lions, because the pride of the Jordan is spoiled.

Darby Bible Translation
A voice of howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

English Revised Version
A voice of the howling of the shepherds! for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions! for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is destroyed: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is laid waste.

World English Bible
A voice of the wailing of the shepherds! For their glory is destroyed: a voice of the roaring of young lions! For the pride of the Jordan is ruined.

Young's Literal Translation
A voice of the howling of the shepherds! For destroyed was their robe of honour, A voice of the roaring of young lions! For destroyed was the excellency of Jordan.
Study Bible
The Doomed Flock
2Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed; Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the impenetrable forest has come down. 3There is a sound of the shepherds' wail, For their glory is ruined; There is a sound of the young lions' roar, For the pride of the Jordan is ruined. 4Thus says the LORD my God, "Pasture the flock doomed to slaughter.…
Cross References
Isaiah 5:29
Its roaring is like a lioness, and it roars like young lions; It growls as it seizes the prey And carries it off with no one to deliver it.

Jeremiah 2:15
"The young lions have roared at him, They have roared loudly. And they have made his land a waste; His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.

Jeremiah 25:34
"Wail, you shepherds, and cry; And wallow in ashes, you masters of the flock; For the days of your slaughter and your dispersions have come, And you will fall like a choice vessel.

Jeremiah 50:44
"Behold, one will come up like a lion from the thicket of the Jordan to a perennially watered pasture; for in an instant I will make them run away from it, and whoever is chosen I will appoint over it. For who is like Me, and who will summon Me into court? And who then is the shepherd who can stand before Me?"

Zechariah 11:2
Wail, O cypress, for the cedar has fallen, Because the glorious trees have been destroyed; Wail, O oaks of Bashan, For the impenetrable forest has come down.
Treasury of Scripture

There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

a voice.

Zechariah 11:8,15-17 Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul loathed …

Jeremiah 25:34-36 Howl, you shepherds, and cry; and wallow yourselves in the ashes, …

Joel 1:13 Gird yourselves, and lament, you priests: howl, you ministers of …

Amos 8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwells …

Zephaniah 1:10 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the LORD, that there …

Matthew 15:14 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind …

Matthew 23:13-33 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up …

James 5:1-6 Go to now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall …

for their.

1 Samuel 4:21,22 And she named the child Ichabod, saying, The glory is departed from …

Isaiah 65:15 And you shall leave your name for a curse to my chosen: for the Lord …

Jeremiah 7:4,11-14 Trust you not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The …

Jeremiah 26:6 Then will I make this house like Shiloh, and will make this city …

Ezekiel 24:21-25 Speak to the house of Israel, Thus said the Lord GOD; Behold, I will …

Hosea 1:9,10 Then said God, Call his name Loammi: for you are not my people, and …

Hosea 10:5 The inhabitants of Samaria shall fear because of the calves of Bethaven: …

Zephaniah 3:11 In that day shall you not be ashamed for all your doings, wherein …

Matthew 3:7-10 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

Matthew 21:43-45 Therefore say I to you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, …

Acts 6:11-14 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous …

Acts 22:21,22 And he said to me, Depart: for I will send you far hence to the Gentiles…

Romans 11:7-12 What then? Israel has not obtained that which he seeks for; but the …

a voice.

Psalm 22:21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for you have heard me from the horns …

Jeremiah 2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: …

Ezekiel 19:3-6 And she brought up one of her whelps: it became a young lion, and …

Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening …

Matthew 23:31-38 Why you be witnesses to yourselves, that you are the children of …

Acts 7:52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they …

for the pride.

Jeremiah 49:19 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan …

Jeremiah 50:44 Behold, he shall come up like a lion from the swelling of Jordan …

Verse 3. - There is a voice. The Hebrew is more terse and forcible, "A voice of the howling of the shepherds!" or, "Hark! a howling," etc. (Jeremiah 25:34, etc.). The destruction spreads from the north southwards along the Jordan valley. Their glory. The noble trees in whose shadow they rejoiced. Young lions. Which had their lairs in the forests now laid waste (Jeremiah 49:19). The pride of Jordan. The thickets that clothed the banks of Jordan are called its "pride" (Jeremiah 12:5). The lion is not now found in Palestine, but must have been common in earlier times, especially in such places as the brushwood and reedy coverts which line the margin of the Jordan. The prophet introduces the inanimate and animate creation - trees, men, beasts - alike deploring the calamity. And the terms in which this is depicted point to some great disaster and ruin, and, as it seems, to the final catastrophe of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, the punishment of the rejection of Messiah. This reference becomes plainer as we proceed. It is inadmissible to refer the passage (as some do) to the Assyrian invasions mentioned in 2 Kings 15:29 and 1 Chronicles 5:26. Holding the post-exilian origin of the prophecy, we are bound to interpret it in accordance with this view, which, indeed, presents fewer difficulties than the other. There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds,.... Which may be understood either of the civil rulers among the Jews, who now lose their honour and their riches; and so the Targum, Jarchi, and Aben Ezra, interpret it of kings; or of the ecclesiastical rulers, the elders of the people, the Scribes and Pharisees:

for their glory is spoiled; their power and authority; their riches and wealth; their places of honour and profit; their offices, posts, and employments, whether in civil or religious matters, are taken from them, and they are deprived of them:

a voice of the roaring of young lions; of princes, comparable to them for their power, tyranny, and cruelty: the Targum is,

"their roaring is as the roaring of young lions:''

for the pride of Jordan is spoiled; a place where lions and their young ones resorted, as Jarchi observes; See Gill on Jeremiah 49:19. Jordan is here put for the whole land of Judea now wasted, and so its pride and glory gone; as if the waters of Jordan were dried up, the pride and glory of that, and which it showed when its waters swelled and overflowed; hence called by Pliny (x) "ambitiosus amnis", a haughty and ambitious swelling river.

(x) Nat. Hist. l. 5. c. 15. 3. shepherds—the Jewish rulers.

their glory—their wealth and magnificence; or that of the temple, "their glory" (Mr 13:1; Lu 21:5).

young lions—the princes, so described on account of their cruel rapacity.

pride of Jordan—its thickly wooded banks, the lair of "lions" (Jer 12:5; 49:19). Image for Judea "spoiled" of the magnificence of its rulers ("the young lions"). The valley of the Jordan forms a deeper gash than any on the earth. The land at Lake Merom is on a level with the Mediterranean Sea; at the Sea of Tiberias it falls six hundred fifty feet below that level, and to double that depression at the Dead Sea, that is, in all, 1950 feet below the Mediterranean; in twenty miles' interval there is a fall of from three thousand to four thousand feet.11:1-3 In figurative expressions, that destruction of Jerusalem, and of the Jewish church and nation, is foretold, which our Lord Jesus, when the time was at hand, prophesied plainly and expressly. How can the fir trees stand, if the cedars fall? The falls of the wise and good into sin, and the falls of the rich and great into trouble, are loud alarms to those every way their inferiors. It is sad with a people, when those who should be as shepherds to them, are as young lions. The pride of Jordan was the thickets on the banks; and when the river overflowed the banks, the lions came up from them roaring. Thus the doom of Jerusalem may alarm other churches.
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