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Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

11:17 idol shepherd. Because Israel will reject her Good Shepherd, God will send a foolish shepherd (Zechariah 11:15) who will seek to destroy them (Zechariah 11:16). He becomes an “idol” shepherd by demanding they worship him instead of the true Shepherd (Matthew 24:15-16; II Thessalonians 2:3-4; Revelation 13:14-15). He is, of course, the Beast, or Antichrist.

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