sheep that are scattered
34:12 sheep that are scattered. Note the similarity here to Christ’s parable of the shepherd seeking his sheep (Luke 15:3-7). Ezekiel here returns to the figure of God as a great Shepherd who cares for his sheep, used before by David (Psalm 23:1), Isaiah (Isaiah 40:11), and other prophets. Isaiah even used Christ’s figure of the Shepherd dying to save His sheep (Isaiah 53:6-7; see John 10:11,27-29).