says the Lord GOD: I myself will search for my sheep, and will
seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are
among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will
rescue them from all the places to which they have been
scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring
them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries,
and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on
the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the
inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture,
and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there
they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on
rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the
shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the
Lord GOD. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the
strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen
the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed
them with justice.
the holy mountain stands the city he has founded;
LORD loves the gates of Zion
than all the dwellings of Jacob.
things are spoken of you,
city of our God.
count Egypt and Babylon among those who know me;
Philistia, Tyre, and Ethiopia:
Zion were they born.
Zion it shall be said, "Everyone was born in her,
the Most High himself shall sustain her."
LORD will record as he enrolls the peoples,
also were born there."
singers and the dancers will say,
my fresh springs are in you."
the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the
living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his
kingdom, I solemnly urge you: proclaim the message; be
persistent whether the time is favorable or unfavorable;
convince, rebuke, and encourage, with the utmost patience in
teaching. For the time is coming when people will not put up
with sound doctrine, but having itching ears, they will
accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own desires,
and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander away
to myths. As for you, always be sober, endure suffering, do the
work of an evangelist, carry out your ministry fully.
for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the
time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I
have finished the race, I have kept the faith. From now on there
is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to
me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
"Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?"
He said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you."
Jesus said to him, "Feed my lambs." A second time he
said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" He
said to him, "Yes, Lord; you know that I love you."
Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep." He said to him the
third time, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter
felt hurt because he said to him the third time, "Do you
love me?" And he said to him, "Lord, you know
everything; you know that I love you." Jesus said to him,
"Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were
younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you
wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you
where you do not wish to go." (He said this to indicate the
kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said
to him, "Follow me."