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Zechariah 11:4

    Zechariah 11:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Thus said the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Thus said Jehovah my God: Feed the flock of slaughter;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    This is what the Lord my God has said: Take care of the flock of death;

    Webster's Revision

    Thus said Jehovah my God: Feed the flock of slaughter;

    World English Bible

    Thus says Yahweh my God: "Feed the flock of slaughter.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Thus said the LORD my God: Feed the flock of slaughter;

    Clarke's Commentary on Zechariah 11:4

    Feed the flock of the slaughter - This people resemble a flock of sheep fattened for the shambles; feed, instruct, this people who are about to be slaughtered.

    Barnes' Notes on Zechariah 11:4

    Thus saith the Lord my God, Feed the flock of the slaughter - The fulfillment of the whole prophecy shows, that the person addressed is the prophet, not in, or for himself, but (as belongs to symbolic prophecy) as representing Another, our Lord. It is addressed, in the first instance, to Zechariah. For Zechariah is bidden, "take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd" Zechariah 11:15, in words addressed to himself, personally; "And the Lord said unto me." But he who was to represent the foolish shepherd, had represented the True Shepherd, since it is said to him, "Take unto thee yet." But He, the Shepherd addressed, who does the acts commanded, speaks with the authority of God. He says, "I cut off three shepherds in one month" Zechariah 11:8; "I broke My covenant which I had made with all the peoples" Zechariah 11:10; "the poor of the flock waited upon Me" Zechariah 11:11; "I cut asunder Mine other staff, Bands, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel" Zechariah 11:14. But in Zechariah's time, no three shepherds were cut off, the covenant made by God was not broken on His part, there was no such visible distinction between those who waited on God, and those who, outwardly too, rejected Him.

    Feed the flock of the slaughter - Those who were, even before the end, slain by their evil shepherds whom they followed, and who in the end would be given to the slaughter, as the Psalmist says, "we are counted as sheep for the slaughter" Psalm 44:22, because they would not hear the voice of the True Shepherd, and were not His sheep. They were already, by God's judgment, a prey to evil shepherds; and would be so yet more hereafter. As a whole then, they were "sheep of the slaughter." It is a last Charge given to feed them. As our Lord says, "Last of all, He sent unto them His Son, saying, They will reverence My Son" Matthew 21:37. This failing, nothing remained but that the flock would be given up, as they themselves say, "He will miserably destroy those wicked people, and will let out His vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render Him the fruits in their seasons" Matthew 21:41, that is, our Lord explains it, "The kingdom of heaven shall be taken from them, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. Yet a remnant should be saved" Matthew 21:43, for whose sake the larger flock was still to be fed: and, as our Lord, as Man, wept over Jerusalem, whose sentence He pronounced, so He still feeds those who would not turn to Him that they might be saved, and who would in the end be "a flock of slaughter," "Death their shepherd" Psalm 49:14, since they chose death rather than Life.

    Wesley's Notes on Zechariah 11:4

    11:4 My God - God the father speaks to Christ. Of the slaughter - Appointed to the slaughter. The Jews, during four hundred and fifty years, were a flock of slaughter to the Egyptians, Chaldeans, and afterwards the Romans.