[Ezekiel 34:1] AND THE WORD OF THE LORD CAME UNTO ME, SAYING,
[Ezekiel 34:2] SON OF MAN, PROPHESY AGAINST THE SHEPHERDS OF ISRAEL,
PROPHESY, AND SAY UNTO THEM, THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD UNTO THE SHEPHERDS;
WOE BE TO THE SHEPHERDS OF ISRAEL THAT DO FEED THEMSELVES! SHOULD NOT THE SHEPHERDS FEED THE FLOCKS?
[Ezekiel 34:3] YE EAT THE FAT, AND YE CLOTHE YOU WITH THE WOOL, YE KILL THEM THAT ARE FED: BUT YE FEED NOT THE FLOCK.
[Ezekiel 34:4] THE DISEASED HAVE YE NOT STRENGTHENED, NEITHER HAVE YE
HEALED THAT WHICH WAS SICK, NEITHER HAVE YE BOUND UP THAT WHICH WAS BROKEN,
NEITHER HAVE YE BROUGHT AGAIN THAT WHICH WAS DRIVEN AWAY, NEITHER HAVE YE
SOUGHT THAT WHICH WAS LOST; BUT WITH FORCE AND WITH CRUELTY HAVE YE RULED
The unfortunate should be helped. Very often with a little help a lot of
good people can be assisted. Sometimes people need a lot of assistance. It
is usually worthwhile assisting them. Life is a like a turning wheel. A
person in his own life can be down and later on come up and vice versa. Or
it happens with his descendants. Or it happened with his forebears. Perhaps
your forefathers were in trouble and somebody helped them? Now it is your
turn. Or it may be your turn sometime in the future with you or your
offspring to be helped? Our leaders should also seek to help the weak and
oppressed. It is obvious that people should be helped primarily to help
themselves and this should always be the emphasis. The Rabbis said that the
highest degree of charity was to assist another to become self-supporting.
With they who cannot do anything for themselves we should have compassion.
Even with those who will not do anything for themselves we should not hurry
to condemn. They should not be exploited or abused. Our leaders have a
responsibility to assist the oppressed and the sick. The "oppressed"
include the victims of crime. Our leaders have an obligation to eliminate
or at least reduce the crime rate.
Ezekiel is peaking here to the leaders but the point holds with everyone.
We should be nice to others and helpful and not the opposite. If we have
authority or influence we should use it positively and have a good eye.
Everyone can encounter troubles and we all need help in some way or other
at some time or other. So too, should we help others when we can, to the degree we are able.
[Ezekiel 34:5] AND THEY WERE SCATTERED, BECAUSE
THERE IS NO SHEPHERD: AND THEY BECAME MEAT TO ALL THE BEASTS OF THE FIELD,
WHEN THEY WERE SCATTERED.
Without proper leadership society disintegrates. The Israelites and
Judaeans sinned because of bad leadership and were consequently scattered
and became a prey to others wqho tok advantage of their vulnerability.
[Ezekiel 34:6] MY SHEEP WANDERED THROUGH ALL THE MOUNTAINS,
AND UPON EVERY HIGH HILL: YEA, MY FLOCK WAS SCATTERED UPON ALL THE FACE OF
THE EARTH, AND NONE DID SEARCH OR SEEK AFTER THEM.
[Ezekiel 34:7] THEREFORE, YE SHEPHERDS, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD;
[Ezekiel 34:8] AS I LIVE, SAITH THE LORD GOD, SURELY BECAUSE MY FLOCK
BECAME A PREY, AND MY FLOCK BECAME MEAT TO EVERY BEAST OF THE FIELD, BECAUSE
THERE WAS NO SHEPHERD, NEITHER DID MY SHEPHERDS SEARCH FOR MY FLOCK, BUT
THE SHEPHERDS FED THEMSELVES, AND FED NOT MY FLOCK;
[Ezekiel 34:9] THEREFORE, O YE SHEPHERDS, HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD;
[Ezekiel 34:10] THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BEHOLD, I AM AGAINST THE SHEPHERDS;
AND I WILL REQUIRE MY FLOCK AT THEIR HAND, AND CAUSE THEM TO CEASE FROM FEEDING
THE FLOCK; NEITHER SHALL THE SHEPHERDS FEED THEMSELVES ANY MORE; FOR I WILL
DELIVER MY FLOCK FROM THEIR MOUTH, THAT THEY MAY NOT BE MEAT FOR THEM.
[Ezekiel 34:11] FOR THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BEHOLD, I, EVEN I, WILL BOTH SEARCH MY SHEEP, AND SEEK THEM OUT.
[Ezekiel 34:12] 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.
[Ezekiel 34:13] 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.
The Children of Israel will return to the Land of Israel.
[Ezekiel 34:14] 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
[Ezekiel 34:15] I WILL FEED MY FLOCK, AND I WILL CAUSE THEM TO LIE DOWN, SAITH THE LORD GOD.
[Ezekiel 34:16] 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.
[Ezekiel 34:17] 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.
[Ezekiel 34:18] 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?
[Ezekiel 34:19] 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.
[Ezekiel 34:20] THEREFORE THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD UNTO THEM; BEHOLD,
I, EVEN I, WILL JUDGE BETWEEN THE FAT CATTLE AND BETWEEN THE LEAN CATTLE.
[Ezekiel 34:21] BECAUSE YE HAVE THRUST WITH SIDE AND WITH SHOULDER,
AND PUSHED ALL THE DISEASED WITH YOUR HORNS, TILL YE HAVE SCATTERED THEM
[Ezekiel 34:22] THEREFORE WILL I SAVE MY FLOCK, AND THEY SHALL NO MORE BE A PREY; AND I WILL JUDGE BETWEEN CATTLE AND CATTLE.
[Ezekiel 34:23] 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
>> EVEN MY SERVANT DAVID <>: There are differences of opinion as to what
is meant by "David" in this verse and others like it. Does it mean a
resurrected King David? A descendant of David? A reincarnation of David? It
definitely means someone of the Davidic family. Miracles have happened in
the past. Miracles will happen in the future. According to the simple
rational every day meaning the intention is to someone descended from King
David who will be like King David.
[Ezekiel 34:24] AND I THE LORD WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND MY SERVANT DAVID A PRINCE AMONG THEM; I THE LORD HAVE SPOKEN IT.
[Ezekiel 34:25] 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.
<<CAUSE THE EVIL BEASTS TO CEASE>>: There is also a controversy as to
whether this is to be taken literally. Will there be a change in nature? Or
is it figurative and mean that human beings who act like beasts will change
their ways? Incidentally in ancient times the whole area of Greater Israel
(from the Nile to the Euphrates and including Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon)
had great forests and savannah type fertile plains much of which was
sparsely populated. Herds of wild beasts such as lions, elephants, giant
wild bulls known today as aurochs, and a type of untamable wild donkey with
a vicious bite, roamed the area. At ones stage there were also many
reptiles including poisonous snakes in the area. Things have changed since.
Thanks to the Romans, Byzantines, Turks and especially the Arabs much of
the land has been turned into a desert.
[Ezekiel 34:26] 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 BLESSING.
The land is potentially very fertile and only needs regular water supply
and some attention to make it bloom.
[Ezekiel 34:27] 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.
<<TREE OF THE FIELD SHALL YIELD HER FRUIT>>: This has begun to happen in
a small way in the land of Israel. The boundaries of Jewish settlement in
Israel are known as "The Green Line". Where Jews live you find some
vegetation, some greenery. Where Arabs dominate the land is mostly bare
although Israeli example and Israeli instruction and encouragement has here
and there led the Arabs to improve their agricultural practices.
<<THEY SHALL BE SAFE IN THEIR LAND>>: Jews who live in Israel often feel a
sense of security and belonging despite the fact that Arab terrorists frequently try and kill them and the Arabs in general are hostile. An Arab
can more or less walk freely in any area of Jewish settlement. Arab
womenfolk and family groups frequently come to the Jewish areas to shop and
enjoy themselves in the friendly civilized atmosphere. A Jew who wanders
into an Arab area runs the risk of being lynched. At the least the chances
are quite high that he will be abused, physically threatened, have stones
thrown at him and probably be physically assaulted. I am speaking of Arab
areas under Israeli control. In Arab areas under Arab control he runs the
risk of being shot on sight no questions asked or tortured before being murdered.
[Ezekiel 34:28] 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.
This is at least partly referring to Judah. Judah in exile was a prey to
all kinds of lowlife elements who periodically carried out pogroms on
Jewish settlements. Often with the support of the ruling authorities and
aristocracy the rabble would descend on Jewish homes and kill, rape, maim,
and rob. Things like this happened all over Europe wherever Jews were
settled. In recent times it happened a lot in Russia, the Ukraine, Poland,
and Rumania. The people who carried out such deeds really deserve to be
called "THE BEAST OF THE LAND".
All things considered, since Brit-Am began its activity of promoting
Brit-Am knowledge we were usually treated well. People supported us,
expressed some interest, or politely disagreed and mentioned their
reservations or lack of interest. Here and there we encountered unworthy opposition. Lies were told about us, quotations that we never made and
beliefs that we did not have imputed to our name, insults were thrown in
our direction, threats made, and so on. Usually the lower the standard our
opponents went down to the more they exposed their own true base selves.
There is a saying that when the dogs bark it is a sign that the carriages
are moving forward.
[Ezekiel 34:29] 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.
<<NEITHER BEAR THE SHAME OF THE HEATHEN>>: Jews were often persecuted and
forced to live with stereotyped images of themselves. These stereotypes
often reflected the nature of the heathens who created them. The Jews had
to bear "the shame of the heathen". Even now the Islam religious
instructors all over the world describe the Jews as apes and monkeys and as
a people to be despised. The Jews of the world hardly number the population
of a few large Islamic cities yet in terms of positive contribution to
civilization they are equal to the whole of Islam multiplied thousands of
times over, and much more. "Apes and monkeys" is a description the Islamic
leaders apparently created subconsciously as pertinent to themselves. These
people hate and despise themselves but cannot live with it so they cast
their shame on what they feel to be the weakest object around, on the
Jews. The Arabs always were and still are the greatest slave-traders in
the world. The black people of Sudan are being killed and enslaved and
greatly abused in every imaginable way. The culprits are Arabs and Muslims.
Arab women are not happy. Many commit suicide. OK enough of this. The point
has been made and the facts are well-known.
[Ezekiel 34:30] 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.
<<ARE MY PEOPLE>>: The Jewish people are the People of God. The Lost Ten
Tribes also belong to this category. The Lost Ten Tribes did not bear any
shame though the lack of knowledge of their true identity is a loss to the
potential of self-fulfillment which is one of the basic instincts of life.
[Ezekiel 34:31] AND YE MY FLOCK, THE FLOCK OF MY PASTURE, ARE MEN, AND I AM YOUR GOD, SAITH THE LORD GOD.