ImmerseProphets - Page 386


separating the sheep from the goats. Isn’t it enough for you to keep the
best of the pastures for yourselves? Must you also trample down the rest?
Isn’t it enough for you to drink clear water for yourselves? Must you also
muddy the rest with your feet? Why must my flock eat what you have
trampled down and drink water you have fouled?
“Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will surely judge be­
tween the fat sheep and the scrawny sheep. For you fat sheep pushed and
butted and crowded my sick and hungry flock until you scattered them to
distant lands. So I will rescue my flock, and they will no longer be abused.
I will judge between one animal of the flock and another. And I will set
over them one shepherd, my servant Da­vid. He will feed them and be a
shepherd to them. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant Da­
vid will be a prince among my people. I, the Lord, have spoken!
“I will make a cov­enant of peace with my people and drive away the dan­
gerous animals from the land. Then they will be able to camp safely in the
wildest places and sleep in the woods without fear. I will bless my people
and their homes around my holy hill. And in the proper season I will send
the showers they need. There will be showers of blessing. The orchards
and fields of my people will yield bumper crops, and every­one will live in
safety. When I have broken their chains of slavery and rescued them from
those who enslaved them, then they will know that I am the Lord. They
will no longer be prey for other nations, and wild animals will no longer
devour them. They will live in safety, and no one will frighten them.
“And I will make their land famous for its crops, so my people will never
again suffer from famines or the insults of foreign nations. In this way, they
will know that I, the Lord their God, am with them. And they will know
that they, the people of Is­ra­el, are my people, says the Sovereign Lord. You
are my flock, the sheep of my pasture. You are my people, and I am your
God. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”
Again a message came to me from the Lord: “Son of man, turn and face
Mount Seir, and prophesy against its people. Give them this message from
the Sovereign Lord:
“I am your enemy, O Mount Seir,
and I will raise my fist against you
to destroy you completely.
I will demolish your cities
and make you desolate.
Then you will know that I am the Lord.

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