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The shepherd is a spiritual role of God's own naming. He set them to watch over His people as early as the tribal rulers or the judges, and through to the kings. Their dereliction in the time of the prophets led Yahweh to cast His eyes over the earth and find not one at his duty. His eternal purpose would manifest after that failure, when He would come to Earth to be their Shepherd Himself. More will be written on this website about this subject in the future, on the page YHWH Coming to Earth Personally.

Adonai Yahweh   

The Shepherd  Gen 49:24.

One Shepherd, רֹעֶה אֶחָד Eccl 12:11.

He shepherds [4x]
Gen 48:15.
Ps 23:1.
[3x] Gen 49:24; Ps 28:9; 80:1 (
Shepherd of Israel, רֹעֵה יִשְׂרָאֵל).
Isa 44:28.
   a future people
Ezek 34:12–13  

Because the priests of Judah were not being good shepherds, Yahweh Himself would search for them and take care of them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so would Yahweh look after His sheep. He will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak.

The Son   

He shepherds [5x] Ps 78:71–72; Isa 40:10–11; Mic 5:4; Matt 2:6 (shepherds God’s people

Israel, ποιμανεῖ τὸν λαόν μου τὸν Ἰσραήλ; « Mic 5:4); Rev 17:7.

The Shepherd [6x] Zech 13:7; Matt 25:32; 26:31 [« Zech 13:7]; Mark 14:27 [« Zech 13:7];

John 17:37 [« Zech 13:7]; 1 Pet 2:25.

The Good Shepherd [2x] John 10:11; 10:14.
The Great Shepherd of the sheep
Heb 13:20.
The Chief Shepherd,
ὁ ἀρχιποίμην 1 Pet 5:4.
One Shepherd,
רוֹעֶה אֶחָד, εἷς ποιμήν [2x] Ezek 37:24; John 10:16.


Certain People of God

שִׁבְטֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל: the rulers of Israel (by metonymy, from scepters), or the judges of Israel

(from context of 1 Chr 17:10, unless synecdochal for all manner of rulers)

[2x] 2 Sam 7:7; 1 Chr 17:6.

Joshua son of Nun Num 27:17–21.
King David
[2x] 2 Sam 5:2; 1 Chr 11:2.
Jeremiah son of Hilkiah
Jer 17:16.
The Priests of Israel
[5x] Jer 10:21; 12:10; 23:1–2; 50:6; Ezek 34.
Simon Peter
John 21:16.
Elders of the Church
[2x] Acts 20:28; 1 Pet 5:2.


People who have Rejected God

10 tribes of Israel under Ahab 1 Kgs 22:17.


Shepherd of

Fools and those who approve their words Ps 49:15 (Eng. 49:14).

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