God calls us His own sheep, the people of His pasture! For as often as we displease Him with our sins, these are blessed words indeed!

BibleGateway: Ezekiel 34:25-31

ESV Text: Ezekiel 34:25-31

Ezekiel 34:25-31 (Listen)

The Lord‘s Covenant of Peace

25 “I will make with them a covenant of peace and banish wild beasts from the land, so that they may dwell securely in the wilderness and sleep in the woods. 26 And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield its increase, and they shall be secure in their land. And they shall know that I am the Lord, when I break the bars of their yoke, and deliver them from the hand of those who enslaved them. 28 They shall no more be a prey to the nations, nor shall the beasts of the land devour them. They shall dwell securely, and none shall make them afraid. 29 And I will provide for them renowned plantations so that they shall no more be consumed with hunger in the land, and no longer suffer the reproach of the nations. 30 And they shall know that I am the Lord their God with them, and that they, the house of Israel, are my people, declares the Lord God. 31 And you are my sheep, human sheep of my pasture, and I am your God, declares the Lord God.” (ESV)


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 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 dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods. 26 And I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing. 27 And the 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 bands of their yoke, and delivered them out of the hand of those that served themselves of them. 28 And they shall no more be a prey to the heathen, neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid. 29 And I will raise up for them a plant of renown, and they shall be no more consumed with hunger in the land, neither bear the shame of the heathen any more. 30 Thus shall they know that I the LORD their God am with them, and that they, even the house of Israel, are my people, saith the Lord GOD. 31 And ye my flock, the flock of my pasture, are men, and I am your God, saith the Lord GOD.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 627:
Gracious Savior, Gentle Shepherd

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Gracious Savior, gentle Shepherd, 
Children all are dear to Thee; 
Gathered with Thine arms and carried 
In Thy bosom may they be; 
Sweetly, fondly, safely, tended, 
From all want and danger free. 

2. Tender Shepherd, never leave them 
From Thy fold to go astray; 
By Thy warning love directed, 
May they walk the narrow way! 
Thus direct them, thus defend them, 
Lest they fall an easy prey. 

3. Cleanse their hearts from sinful folly 
In the stream Thy love supplied, 
Mingled stream of blood and water 
Flowing from Thy wounded side; 
And to heavenly pastures lead them, 
Where Thine own still waters glide. 

4. Let Thy holy Word instruct them; 
Fill their minds with heavenly light; 
Let Thy powerful grace constrain them 
To approve whate’er is right; 
Let them feel Thy yoke is easy, 
Let them prove Thy burden light. 

5. Taught to lisp Thy holy praises 
Which on earth Thy children sing, 
Both with lips and hearts, unfeigned, 
Glad thank-offerings may they bring; 
Then with all the saints in glory 
Join to praise their Lord and King. 


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