Sheep, Cattle and Cattle

For thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I,
even I, will both search my sheep, and
seek them out.
As a shepherd seeketh out his flock in
the day that he is among his sheep that
are scattered; so will I seek out my
sheep, and will deliver them out of all
places where they have been scattered
in the cloudy and dark day.
And I will bring them out from the
people, and gather them from the
countries, and will bring them to their
own land, and feed them upon the
mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in
all the inhabited places of the country.
I will feed them in a good pasture, and
upon the high mountains of Israel shall
their fold be: there shall they lie in a
good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they
feed upon the mountains of Israel.
I will feed my flock, and I will cause
them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD.
I will seek that which was lost, and bring
again that which was driven away, and
will bind up that which was broken, and
will strengthen that which was sick: but
I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will
feed them with judgment.
And as for you, O my flock, thus saith
the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between
cattle and cattle, between the rams and
the he goats.
Seemeth it a small thing unto you to
have eaten up the good pasture, but ye
must tread down with your feet the
residue of your pastures? and to have
drunk of the deep waters, but ye must
foul the residue with your feet?
And as for my flock, they eat that which
ye have trodden with your feet; and they
drink that which ye have fouled with
your feet.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto
them; Behold, I, even I, will judge
between the fat cattle and between the
lean cattle.
Because ye have thrust with side and
with shoulder, and pushed all the
diseased with your horns, till ye have
scattered them abroad;
Therefore will I save my flock, and they
shall no more be a prey; and I will judge
between cattle and cattle.
And I will set up one shepherd over
them, and he shall feed them, even my
servant David; he shall feed them, and
he shall be their shepherd.
And I the LORD will be their God, and my
servant David a prince among them; I
the LORD have spoken it.
And I will make with them a covenant of
peace, and will cause the evil beasts to
cease out of the land: and they shall
dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep
in the woods.
And I will make them and the places
round about my hill a blessing; and I will
cause the shower to come down in his
season; there shall be showers of
And the tree of the field shall yield her
fruit, and the earth shall yield her
increase, and they shall be safe in their
land, and shall know that I am the LORD,
when I have broken the bands of their
yoke, and delivered them out of the
hand of those that served themselves
of them.
And they shall no more be a prey to the
heathen, neither shall the beast of the
land devour them; but they shall dwell
safely, and none shall make them afraid.
And I will raise up for them a plant of
renown, and they shall be no more
consumed with hunger in the land,
neither bear the shame of the heathen
any more.
Thus shall they know that I the LORD
their God am with them, and that they,
even the house of Israel, are my people,
saith the Lord GOD.
And ye my flock, the flock of my
pasture, are men, and I am your God,
saith the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 34:11-31

Idols of the Heart

Son of man, these men have set up
their idols in their heart, and put the
stumblingblock of their iniquity before
their face: should I be enquired of at all
by them? Therefore speak unto them,
and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; Every man of the house of Israel
that setteth up his idols in his heart, and
putteth the stumblingblock of his
iniquity before his face, and cometh to
the prophet; I the LORD will answer him
that cometh according to the multitude
of his idols; That I may take the house
of Israel in their own heart, because
they are all estranged from me through
their idols. Therefore say unto the
house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from
your idols; and turn away your faces
from all your abominations. For every
one of the house of Israel, or of the
stranger that sojourneth in Israel, which
separateth himself from me, and
setteth up his idols in his heart, and
putteth the stumblingblock of his
iniquity before his face, and cometh to a
prophet to enquire of him concerning
me; I the LORD will answer him by
myself: And I will set my face against
that man, and will make him a sign and
a proverb, and I will cut him off from the
midst of my people; and ye shall know
that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 14:3-8

Ezekiel – Prophets

Son of man, prophesy against the
prophets of Israel that prophesy, and
say thou unto them that prophesy out of
their own hearts, Hear ye the word of
the LORD;

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

O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes
in the deserts.

Ye have not gone up into the gaps,
neither made up the hedge for the
house of Israel to stand in the battle in
the day of the LORD.

They have seen vanity and lying
divination, saying, The LORD saith: and
the LORD hath not sent them: and they
have made others to hope that they
would confirm the word.

Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have
ye not spoken a lying divination,
whereas ye say, The LORD saith it; albeit
I have not spoken?

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD;
Because ye have spoken vanity, and
seen lies, therefore, behold, I am
against you, saith the Lord GOD.

And mine hand shall be upon the
prophets that see vanity, and that divine
lies: they shall not be in the assembly of
my people, neither shall they be written
in the writing of the house of Israel,
neither shall they enter into the land of
Israel; and ye shall know that I am the
Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 13:2-9

Ezekiel – Proverb

Son of man, what is that proverb that ye
have in the land of Israel, saying, The
days are prolonged, and every vision
Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord
GOD; I will make this proverb to cease,
and they shall no more use it as a
proverb in Israel; but say unto them,
The days are at hand, and the effect of
every vision.
For there shall be no more any vain
vision nor flattering divination within the
house of Israel.
For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the
word that I shall speak shall come to
pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for
in your days, O rebellious house, will I
say the word, and will perform it, saith
the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel  12:22-25