OLD TESTAMENT READING Ezekiel 34:11–24

OLD TESTAMENT READING Ezekiel 34:11–24
11“For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my
sheep and will seek them out. 12As a shepherd seeks out his flock
when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek
out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they
have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. 13And I
will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the
countries, and will bring them into their own land. And I will feed
them on the mountains of Israel, by the ravines, and in all the
inhabited places of the country. 14I will feed them with good
pasture, and on the mountain heights of Israel shall be their grazing
land. There they shall lie down in good grazing land, and on rich
pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. 15I myself will be
the shepherd of my sheep, and I myself will make them lie down,
declares the Lord GOD. 16I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the
strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the
weak, and the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them in
justice.”
17“As for you, my flock, thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I judge
between sheep and sheep, between rams and male goats. 18Is it not
enough for you to feed on the good pasture, that you must tread
down with your feet the rest of your pasture; and to drink of clear
water, that you must muddy the rest of the water with your feet?
19And must my sheep eat what you have trodden with your feet,
and drink what you have muddied with your feet?
20“Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD to them: Behold, I, I myself
will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. 21Because you
push with side and shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your
horns, till you have scattered them abroad, 22I will rescue my flock;
they shall no longer be a prey. And I will judge between sheep and
sheep. 23And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant
David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their
shepherd. 24And I, the LORD, will be their God, and my servant David
shall be prince among them. I am the LORD; I have spoken.
A This is the Word of the Lord.
C Thanks be to God.