For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls.
All of us like sheep have gone astray, Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all To fall on Him.
I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.
My flock wandered through all the mountains and on every high hill; My flock was scattered over all the surface of the earth, and there was no one to search or seek for them.”’”
“ What man among you, if he has a hundred sheep and has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go after the one which is lost until he finds it?
“ I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
For the choir director; set to El Shoshannim; Eduth. A Psalm of Asaph. Oh, give ear, Shepherd of Israel, You who lead Joseph like a flock; You who are enthroned above the cherubim, shine forth!
“Tell me, O you whom my soul loves, Where do you pasture your flock, Where do you make it lie down at noon? For why should I be like one who veils herself Beside the flocks of your companions?”
Like a shepherd He will tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs And carry them in His bosom; He will gently lead the nursing ewes.
Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend to you for the evil of your deeds,” declares the Lord.
For thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I Myself will search for My sheep and seek them out.
“Then I will set over them one shepherd, My servant David, and he will feed them; he will feed them himself and be their shepherd.
“My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them.
“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the Lord of hosts. “ Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.
Seeing the people, He felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd.
“What do you think? If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying?
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession;
Now the God of peace, who brought up from the dead the great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord,