1. Open, O Lebanon, your gates and the fire shall eat your cedars.*
2. Wail, O evergreen, for the cedar shall fall and the mighty shall be plundered; wail, O oaks of Bashan, for the teeming forest has fallen.
3. O, hear the wailing of shepherds, whose nurtured [flocks] have been plundered -- the voice of the lions that growl as their [River] Jordan's forest* has been plundered.
4. Thus said to me my Lord God, "Shepherd the lean flock,
5. "Whose week members are killed, and they do not feel bad* and their sellers say, 'Blessed be the Lord as we have become wealthy,' and their own shepherds do not feel pity for them.*
6. "Because I shall not attach myself again to the inhabitants of the earth," said the Lord, "and, behold, I shall deliver to the sons of man; each shall divide the earth [between them,] and I shall not deliver her from their hands.
7. "So I shepherded the lean flocks because they were the forgotten of the sheep and I took up two staffs; I called the one "pleasant" and the other one "travail," and I shepherded the flocks.
8. "And I lost three flocks* in one month, yet* my soul felt an obligation towards them and their souls cried out to me.
9. "And I said I will not shepherd you; the dying shall die and the perishing shall perish and those that remain shall eat the flesh of their companions.
10. "Then* I took my "pleasant" staff and broke it, and the covenant* that I had made with all the nations* became [null and void.]
11. "And it was cancelled with them on that Day, and the gentle of the flock [came to] know, those that observed [my commandments,] that it was a manifestation from the Lord.
12. "And I said to them: if it looks good* in your eyes, pay me my recompense, otherwise you are oppressing me, and do weigh up my wages -- the thirty pieces of silver."*
13. And the Lord told me that they were to be cast into the treasury house, the honorary assessment for which they accorded someone's worth, and so thirty pieces of silver were taken and cast into the treasury house in consideration.
14. "Then* I broke the other staff [named] "travail" so as to nullify the accord that existed between Judea and Israel."
15. And the Lord said to me, "Take up the clothing of a mindless* shepherd.
16. "Because, behold, I shall raise a shepherd in the land, so as those [headed] for oblivion shall not be invited,* and those that lose [their way] shall not be gathered;" and the broken he shall not plant, and the sick he shall not heal, and those that are [still] standing he does not satiate, [but instead] he shall eat the flesh of the fat ones and suck [the marrow of] their shanks.
17. "Woe, careless shepherd, who ignored the flock by your arm and at your right eye; [behold] your right arm shall wither and your right eye shall go blind."
*11:1 Lit. Aramaic: "Arzekh."
*11:3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Outgrowth."
*11:5.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "In dereliction of duty."
*11:5.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Stand up for them."
*11:8.1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Herds," or "the shepherded."
*11:8.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*11:10.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*11:10.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "The standing that I stood."
*11:10.3 NB! Not with the Jewish nation!
*11:12.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Beautiful."
*11:12.2 NB! Prophecy fulfilled when the High Priests paid Judah Iscariot the thirty pieces of silver to betray Eashoa (Jesus).
*11:14 Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
*11:15 Lit. Ar. id.: "Careless."
*11:16 Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Commanded."
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