Eze 34:2
34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel,
     prophesy, and say to them, Thus saith the Lord GOD to the
     shepherds; Woe [be] to the {a} shepherds of Israel that do
     feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks?

     (a) By the shepherds he means the king, the magistrates,
         priests and prophets.

Eze 34:3
34:3 Ye eat the {b} fat, and ye clothe yourselves with the wool,
     ye kill them that are fed: [but] ye feed not the flock.

     (b) You seek to enrich yourselves by their conveniences and
         to spoil their riches and substance.

Eze 34:4
34:4 The {c} diseased ye have not strengthened, neither have ye
     healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up [that
     which was] broken, neither have ye brought again that which
     was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was
     lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

     (c) He describes the office and duty of a good pastor who
         ought to love and comfort his flock and not be cruel
         toward them.

Eze 34:5
34:5 And they were scattered, because [there is] no shepherd:
     and they {d} became food to all the beasts of the field,
     when they were scattered.

     (d) For lack of good government and doctrine they perished.

Eze 34:10
34:10 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I [am] against the
      shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and
      cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall
      the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver
      my flock from {e} their mouth, that they may not be food
      for them.

      (e) By destroying the covetous hirelings and restoring
          true shepherds of which we have a sign so often as God
          sends true preachers, who both by doctrine and life
          labour to feed his sheep in the pleasant pastures of
          his word.

Eze 34:12
34:12 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 {f} the cloudy and dark day.

      (f) In the day of their affliction and misery: and this
          promise is to comfort the Church in all dangers.

Eze 34:16
34:16 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: but I
      will destroy the fat and the {g} strong; I will feed them
      with {h} judgment.

      (g) Meaning such as lift up themselves above their
          brethren and think they have no need to be governed by
      (h) That is, by putting difference between the good and
          the bad, and so give to either as they deserve.

Eze 34:18
34:18 [Seemeth it] a small thing to you to have eaten up the
      good {i} pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet
      the rest of your pastures? and to have drank of the deep
      waters, but ye must foul the rest with your feet?

      (i) By good pasture and deep waters is meant the pure word
          of God and the administration of justice which they
          did not distribute to the poor till they had corrupted

Eze 34:23
34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall
      feed them, [even] my servant {k} David; he shall feed
      them, and he shall be their shepherd.

      (k) Meaning Christ, of whom David was a figure,
          \\See Geneva "Jer 30:9"
          See Geneva "Ho 3:5"\\

Eze 34:25
34:25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will
      cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they
      shall {l} dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the

      (l) This declares that under Christ the flock would be
          truly delivered from sin and hell, and so be safely
          preserved in the Church where they would never perish.

Eze 34:27
34:27 And the {m} tree of the field shall yield her fruit, and
      the earth shall yield her increase, and they shall be safe
      in their land, and shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I
      have broken the bars of their yoke, and delivered them out
      of the hand of those that subjected them to service.

      (m) The fruit of God's grace will appear in great
          abundance in his Church.

Eze 34:29
34:29 And I will raise up for them a {n} plant of renown, and
      they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land,
      neither bear the shame of the nations any more.

      (n) That is, the rod that will come out of the root of
          Jesse, Isa 11:1.