The Flock: its Guardians and its Devourers
Isaiah 56:9-12
All you beasts of the field, come to devour, yes, all you beasts in the forest.…

These words (ver. 9) are to be understood as a note of warning, a sound of alarm. It is not that God wishes His flock to be devoured that He thus summons the beasts of. prey to gather round the fold; on the contrary, He is concerned for their safety, and warns them of the danger in which they stand. No style of address was better fitted to startle both flock and shepherds from their careless security. God's flock is still surrounded by ravenous beasts.


1. In the case before us the sheep are shamefully neglected.

2. The opposite course must tend to secure the safety and well-being of the flock. Pray, then, for your minister.

II. THE WILD BEASTS THAT THREATEN TO DEVOUR THE FLOCK. Some are open and undisguised; others are wily and insidious. Conclusion: We point you to the Chief Shepherd.

(W. Guthrie, M. A.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: All ye beasts of the field, come to devour, yea, all ye beasts in the forest.

WEB: All you animals of the field, come to devour, [yes], all you animals in the forest.

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