Shepherds to howl & cry out

Shekinah

Well-known member
The Watchtower of March 1st 1994
“Shepherds to howl and cry out”
Says that Jeremiah 25 verses 34
“Wail, you shepherds, and cry out! Wallow about, you majestic ones of the flock, Because the time of your slaughter and your dispersion has come, And you will fall like a precious vessel!”
Is referring to Jeremiah 6:3 “The shepherds and their droves will come. They will pitch their tents all around her, Each grazing the flock in his care”
But they say these shepherds and majestic ones are not the religious leaders who have already drunken from Jehovahs anger but they are “militaristic shepherds” that assemble their armies in droves against Jehovah that they are political rulers that have grown rich.
This doesn’t sound correct to me or is it? If it’s not Is their any way in proving that this isn’t correct.
As it’s a question I was asked and I know the best place to get an answer is here. 🙂


https://www.jw.org/open?pub=nwtsty&bible=24006003&wtlocale=E&prefer=lang
 

Watchman

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Staff member
It is true, that Nebuchadnezzar and all of his forces are referred to as shepherds at Jeremiah 6:3. It is not unusual that God would speak of shepherding people in a negative way. In Revelation Jesus and the holy ones are said to shepherd the nations with an iron rod, meaning the nations would be smashed and destroyed. However, the shepherds spoken of in the 25th chapter of Jeremiah are men of Israel, the kings, princes and prominent men are the majestic ones of the flock who were destined to be slaughtered. If you read the whole chapter Jeremiah is speaking to the Jewish leaders and he even names Nebuchadnezzar as Jehovah's servant. In other words, God assigned the king of Babylon to be his punishing agent.
 

Shekinah

Well-known member
It is true, that Nebuchadnezzar and all of his forces are referred to as shepherds at Jeremiah 6:3. It is not unusual that God would speak of shepherding people in a negative way. In Revelation Jesus and the holy ones are said to shepherd the nations with an iron rod, meaning the nations would be smashed and destroyed. However, the shepherds spoken of in the 25th chapter of Jeremiah are men of Israel, the kings, princes and prominent men are the majestic ones of the flock who were destined to be slaughtered. If you read the whole chapter Jeremiah is speaking to the Jewish leaders and he even names Nebuchadnezzar as Jehovah's servant. In other words, God assigned the king of Babylon to be his punishing agent.
Thank you Robert, I didn’t realise that shepherding people could be used in a negative way, thank you too for confirming that Jeremiah 25 is referring to the Jewish leaders, very much appreciated.🙂
 
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