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

New Living Translation
"What sorrow awaits the leaders of my people--the shepherds of my sheep--for they have destroyed and scattered the very ones they were expected to care for," says the LORD.

English Standard Version
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
"Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!" declares the LORD.

King James Bible
Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!" This is the LORD's declaration.

Contemporary English Version
You leaders of my people are like shepherds that kill and scatter the sheep.

Good News Translation
How terrible will be the LORD's judgment on those rulers who destroy and scatter his people!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!" This is the LORD's declaration.

International Standard Version
"How terrible for the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!" declares the LORD.

NET Bible
The LORD says, "The leaders of my people are sure to be judged. They were supposed to watch over my people like shepherds watch over their sheep. But they are causing my people to be destroyed and scattered.

New Heart English Bible
"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture." says the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"How horrible it will be for the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep in my care," declares the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter The sheep of My pasture! saith the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
“Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Woe be unto the pastors that waste and scatter the sheep of my pasture! said the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Woe be unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says the LORD.

American King James Version
Woe be to the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! said the LORD.

American Standard Version
Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith Jehovah.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Woe to the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of their pasture!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to the pastors, that destroy and tear the sheep of my pasture, saith the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe be to the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! saith the LORD.

World English Bible
Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to shepherds destroying, And scattering the flock of My pasture, An affirmation of Jehovah.
Study Bible
David's Righteous Branch
1“Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” declares the LORD. 2Therefore, this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says about the shepherds who tend My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them. Behold, I will attend to you for the evil of your deeds, declares the LORD.…
Cross References
John 10:8
All who came before Me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.

Isaiah 56:9
Come, all you beasts of the field, eat greedily, all you beasts of the forest.

Jeremiah 10:21
For the shepherds have become senseless and do not seek the LORD. Therefore they have not prospered, and all their flock is scattered.

Jeremiah 12:10
Many shepherds have destroyed My vineyard; they have trampled My plot of land. They have turned My pleasant field into a desolate wasteland.

Jeremiah 13:17
But if you do not listen, I will weep alone because of your pride; My eyes will overflow with tears, because the LORD's flock has been taken captive.

Jeremiah 22:22
The wind will drive away all your shepherds, and your lovers will go into captivity. Then you will be ashamed and humiliated because of all your wickedness.

Jeremiah 50:6
My people are lost sheep; their shepherds have led them astray, causing them to roam the mountains. They have wandered from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place.

Ezekiel 13:3
This is what the Lord GOD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, yet have seen nothing.

Ezekiel 34:2
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who only feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed their flock?

Ezekiel 34:31
You are My flock, the sheep of My pasture, My people, and I am your God,' declares the Lord GOD."

Ezekiel 36:38
Like the numerous flocks for sacrifices at Jerusalem during her appointed feasts, so the ruined cities will be filled with flocks of people. Then they will know that I am the LORD.'"

Zechariah 11:17
"Woe to the worthless shepherd, who deserts the flock! May a sword strike his arm and his right eye! May his arm be completely withered and his right eye utterly blinded!"

Treasury of Scripture

Woe be to the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! said the LORD.

Woe.

Jeremiah 2:8,26
The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit…

Ezekiel 13:3
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Ezekiel 34:2
Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

pastors.

Jeremiah 23:2,11-15
Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD…

Jeremiah 2:8
The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

Jeremiah 10:21
For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.







Lexicon
“Woe
ה֣וֹי (hō·w)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 1945: Ah! alas! ha!

to the shepherds
רֹעִ֗ים (rō·‘îm)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7462: To tend a, flock, pasture it, in, to graze, to rule, to associate with

who destroy
מְאַבְּדִ֧ים (mə·’ab·bə·ḏîm)
Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6: To wander away, lose oneself, to perish

and scatter
וּמְפִצִ֛ים (ū·mə·p̄i·ṣîm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6327: To be dispersed or scattered

the sheep
צֹ֥אן (ṣōn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 6629: Small cattle, sheep and goats, flock

of My pasture!”
מַרְעִיתִ֖י (mar·‘î·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4830: A pasturing, shepherding, pasturage

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

the LORD.
יְהוָֽה׃ (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel
XXIII.

(1) Woe be unto the pastors . . .--The message that follows in Jeremiah 23:1-8 comes as a natural sequel to that of Jeremiah 22. The unfaithful shepherds who had been there denounced are contrasted with those, more faithful to their trust, whom Jehovah will raise up. As before, in Jeremiah 2:8 and elsewhere, we have to remember that the "pastors" are (like the "shepherds of the people" in Greek poets) the civil rulers, not the prophets or the priests, of Israel. The parallelism with the prophecy of Ezekiel 34, delivered about the same time in the land of exile, is suggestive either of direct communication between the two writers, or of traditional lines of thought common to the two priest-prophets.

The sheep of my pasture.--The words assert the claims of Jehovah to be the true Shepherd of His people. (Comp. Psalm 79:13; Psalm 100:3.)

23:1-8 Woe be to those who are set to feed God's people, but take no concern to do them good! Here is a word of comfort to the neglected sheep. Though only a remnant of God's flock is left, he will find them out, and they shall be brought to their former habitations. Christ is spoken of as a branch from David's family. He is righteous himself, and through him all his people are made righteous. Christ shall break the usurped power of Satan. All the spiritual seed of believing Abraham and praying Jacob shall be protected, and shall be saved from the guilt and dominion of sin. In the days of Christ's government in the soul, the soul dwells at ease. He is here spoken of as the Lord our Righteousness. He is so our Righteousness as no creature could be. His obedience unto death is the justifying righteousness of believers, and their title to heavenly happiness. And their sanctification, as the source of all their personal obedience is the effect of their union with him, and of the supply of this Spirit. By this name every true believer shall call him, and call upon him. We have nothing to plead but this, Christ has died, yea, rather is risen again; and we have taken him for our Lord. This righteousness which he has wrought out to the satisfaction of law and justice, becomes ours; being a free gift given to us, through the Spirit of God, who puts it upon us, clothes us with it, enables us to lay hold upon it, and claim an interest in it. The Lord our Righteousness is a sweet name to a convinced sinner; to one that has felt the guilt of sin in his conscience; seen his need of that righteousness, and the worth of it. This great salvation is far more glorious than all former deliverances of his church. May our souls be gathered to Him, and be found in him.
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