Then they approached him and said, “We want to build sheepfolds here for our livestock and cities for our dependents.
Build cities for your dependents and folds for your flocks, but do what you have promised.”
Beth-nimrah, and Beth-haran as fortified cities, and built sheepfolds.
And you, watchtower for the flock,
fortified hill of Daughter Zion,
the former rule will come to you,
sovereignty will come to Daughter Jerusalem.
While you lie among the sheepfolds,
the wings of a dove are covered with silver,
and its feathers with glistening gold.
A righteous man cares about his animal’s health,
but even the merciful acts of the wicked are cruel.
The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
Know well the condition of your flock,
and pay attention to your herds,
you are to say, ‘Your servants, both we and our fathers, have raised livestock from our youth until now.’ Then you will be allowed to settle in the land of Goshen, since all shepherds are abhorrent to Egyptians.”
The Lord says:As the shepherd snatches two legs
or a piece of an ear
from the lion’s mouth,
so the Israelites who live in Samaria
will be rescued
with only the corner of a bed
or the cushion of a couch.
The Lord also said to me: “Take the equipment of a foolish shepherd.
Woe to the worthless shepherd
who deserts the flock!
May a sword strike his arm
and his right eye!
May his arm wither away
and his right eye go completely blind!”
Then the men who tended them fled. They went into the city and reported everything—especially what had happened to those who were demon-possessed.
When the men who tended them saw what had happened, they ran off and reported it in the town and in the countryside.
“Which one of you having a slave tending sheep or plowing will say to him when he comes in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’?
Strangers will stand and feed your flocks,
and foreigners will be your plowmen and vinedressers.
and there was quarreling between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites were living in the land.
But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Quarrel because they quarreled with him.
Then some shepherds arrived and drove them away, but Moses came to their rescue and watered their flock.
They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”
For this is what the Lord said to me:As a lion or young lion growls over its prey
when a band of shepherds is called out against it,
and is not terrified by their shouting
or subdued by their noise,
so the Lord of Hosts will come down
to fight on Mount Zion
and on its hill.
With you I will smash the shepherd and his flock;
with you I will smash the farmer and his ox-team.
With you I will smash governors and officials.
The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as they had been told.