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37 I will make you pass under[a] the shepherd’s staff,[b] and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant.

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  1. Ezekiel 20:37 tn This is the same Hebrew verb used to describe the passing of the children through the fire.
  2. Ezekiel 20:37 sn The metaphor may be based in Lev 27:32 (see also Jer 33:13 and Matt 25:32-33). A shepherd would count his sheep as they passed beneath his staff.

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