Zechariah 11:7
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New International Version
So I shepherded the flock marked for slaughter, particularly the oppressed of the flock. Then I took two staffs and called one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock.

New Living Translation
So I cared for the flock intended for slaughter--the flock that was oppressed. Then I took two shepherd's staffs and named one Favor and the other Union.

English Standard Version
So I became the shepherd of the flock doomed to be slaughtered by the sheep traders. And I took two staffs, one I named Favor, the other I named Union. And I tended the sheep.

New American Standard Bible
So I pastured the flock doomed to slaughter, hence the afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Favor and the other I called Union; so I pastured the flock.

King James Bible
And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So I shepherded the flock intended for slaughter, the afflicted of the flock. I took two staffs, calling one Favor and the other Union, and I shepherded the flock.

International Standard Version
So I became shepherd of the flock marked for slaughter, paying attention to the oppressed of the flock. I took two staffs—naming one "Pleasant" and the other one "Union"—and then I pastured the flock.

NET Bible
So I began to shepherd the flock destined for slaughter, the most afflicted of all the flock. Then I took two staffs, calling one "Pleasantness" and the other "Binders," and I tended the flock.

New Heart English Bible
So I fed the flock of slaughter, especially the oppressed of the flock. I took for myself two staffs. The one I called "Favor," and the other I called "Union," and I fed the flock.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So I became the shepherd of the sheep that were to be slaughtered and also of the oppressed sheep. I took two shepherd staffs and named one Favor and the other Unity. And I took care of the sheep.

JPS Tanakh 1917
So I fed the flock of slaughter, verily the poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Graciousness, and the other I called Binders; and I fed the flock.

New American Standard 1977
So I pastured the flock doomed to slaughter, hence the afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Favor, and the other I called Union; so I pastured the flock.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. For I took unto me two staves: the one I named Beauty, and the other Bands; and I fed the flock.

King James 2000 Bible
And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staffs; the one I called Grace, and the other I called Unity; and I fed the flock.

American King James Version
And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took to me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

American Standard Version
So I fed the flock of slaughter, verily the poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I will feed the hock of slaughter for this, O ye poor of the dock. And I took unto me two rods, one I called Beauty, and the other I called a Cord, and I fed the flock.

Darby Bible Translation
So I fed the flock of slaughter, truly the poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

English Revised Version
So I fed the flock of slaughter, verily the poor of the flock. And I took unto me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

Webster's Bible Translation
And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took to me two staffs; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

World English Bible
So I fed the flock of slaughter, especially the oppressed of the flock. I took for myself two staffs. The one I called "Favor," and the other I called "Union," and I fed the flock.

Young's Literal Translation
And I feed the flock of slaughter, even you, ye afflicted of the flock; and I take to me two staves, the one I have called Pleasantness, and the other I have called Bands, and I feed the flock.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
11:4-14 Christ came into this world for judgment to the Jewish church and nation, which were wretchedly corrupt and degenerate. Those have their minds wofully blinded, who do ill, and justify themselves in it; but God will not hold those guiltless who hold themselves so. How can we go to God to beg a blessing on unlawful methods of getting wealth, or to return thanks for success in them? There was a general decay of religion among them, and they regarded it not. The Good Shepherd would feed his flock, but his attention would chiefly be directed to the poor. As an emblem, the prophet seems to have taken two staves; Beauty, denoted the privileges of the Jewish nation, in their national covenant; the other he called Bands, denoting the harmony which hitherto united them as the flock of God. But they chose to cleave to false teachers. The carnal mind and the friendship of the world are enmity to God; and God hates all the workers of iniquity: it is easy to foresee what this will end in. The prophet demanded wages, or a reward, and received thirty pieces of silver. By Divine direction he cast it to the potter, as in disdain for the smallness of the sum. This shadowed forth the bargain of Judas to betray Christ, and the final method of applying it. Nothing ruins a people so certainly, as weakening the brotherhood among them. This follows the dissolving of the covenant between God and them: when sin abounds, love waxes cold, and civil contests follow. No wonder if those fall out among themselves, who have provoked God to fall out with them. Wilful contempt of Christ is the great cause of men's ruin. And if professors rightly valued Christ, they would not contend about little matters.
Study Bible
The Doomed Flock
6"For I will no longer have pity on the inhabitants of the land," declares the LORD; "but behold, I will cause the men to fall, each into another's power and into the power of his king; and they will strike the land, and I will not deliver them from their power." 7So I pastured the flock doomed to slaughter, hence the afflicted of the flock. And I took for myself two staffs: the one I called Favor and the other I called Union; so I pastured the flock. 8Then I annihilated the three shepherds in one month, for my soul was impatient with them, and their soul also was weary of me.…
Cross References
Psalm 27:4
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

Psalm 90:17
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.

Psalm 133:1
A Song of Ascents, of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

Jeremiah 39:10
But some of the poorest people who had nothing, Nebuzaradan the captain of the bodyguard left behind in the land of Judah, and gave them vineyards and fields at that time.

Ezekiel 37:16
"And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, 'For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions'; then take another stick and write on it, 'For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.'

Zephaniah 3:12
"But I will leave among you A humble and lowly people, And they will take refuge in the name of the LORD.

Zechariah 11:4
Thus says the LORD my God, "Pasture the flock doomed to slaughter.

Zechariah 11:10
I took my staff Favor and cut it in pieces, to break my covenant which I had made with all the peoples.

Zechariah 11:14
Then I cut in pieces my second staff Union, to break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.
Treasury of Scripture

And I will feed the flock of slaughter, even you, O poor of the flock. And I took to me two staves; the one I called Beauty, and the other I called Bands; and I fed the flock.

I will.

Zechariah 11:4,11 Thus said the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter…

Zechariah 13:8,9 And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, said the LORD, two …

even you, O poor. or, verily the poor.

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed …

Jeremiah 5:4,5 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they …

Zephaniah 3:12 I will also leave in the middle of you an afflicted and poor people, …

Matthew 11:5 The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are …

Mark 12:37 David therefore himself calls him Lord; and from where is he then …

James 2:5 Listen, my beloved brothers, Has not God chosen the poor of this …

staves.

Zechariah 11:10,14 And I took my staff, even Beauty, and cut it asunder, that I might …

Leviticus 27:32 And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatever …

1 Samuel 17:40,43 And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones …

Psalm 23:4 Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will …

one.

Psalm 133:1-3 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together …

Ezekiel 37:16-23 Moreover, you son of man, take you one stick, and write on it, For …

John 17:21-23 That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, …

Bands. or, Binders.

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

Ephesians 2:13-16 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near …

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