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Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out. 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. . . . 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 of Israel. . . . 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: . . . 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. . . . They shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. 

To the Israelites, the shepherd image—depicting the vigilance and solicitude of the shepherd as well as the trusting reliance of the sheep—was natural and familiar. The psalmist sings, “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want”; Isaiah prophesies, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd”; and Jeremiah portrays God’s keeping His people “as a shepherd doth his flock” (Psalms 23:1; Isaiah 40:11; Jeremiah 31:10). 

Let all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say continually, Let God be magnified.

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Resources cited in this issue

Cit. 4: Life Application Study Bible, New Living Translation. Tyndale House Pub, 2007.

Cit. 8: Laymon, Charles M. The Interpreter’s One-Volume Commentary on the Bible. Nashville: Abingdon, 1971.

Cit. 18: Ellicott, Charles John, ed. A Bible Commentary for English Readers by Various Writers. London: Cassell, 1897–1905. Also available at

Cit. 25: Albright, William Foxwell, David Noel Freedman, et al., eds. The Anchor Bible. Vol. 32, 32A, Corinthians. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1964–2006; Keck, Leander E., et al., eds. The New Interpreter’s Bible Commentary. Vol. 9, Acts, Introduction to Epistolary Literature, Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians. Nashville: Abingdon, 2015. 

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