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15 I promise to take care of them and keep them safe, 16 to look for those that are lost and bring back the ones that wander off, to bandage those that are hurt and protect the ones that are weak. I will also slaughter[a] those that are fat and strong, because I always do right.

Judgment on the Strong Sheep

17 The Lord God said to his sheep, the people of Israel:

I will carefully watch each one of you to decide which ones are the strong sheep and which ones are weak.

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Footnotes

  1. 34.16 slaughter: Hebrew; three ancient translations “take care of.”

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