16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B: 1st Reading

Jeremiah 23:1-6

Woe to the shepherds
   who mislead and scatter the flock of my pasture,
   says the LORD.
Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of Israel,
   against the shepherds who shepherd my people:
   You have scattered my sheep and driven them away.
You have not cared for them,
   but I will take care to punish your evil deeds.
I myself will gather the remnant of my flock
   from all the lands to which I have driven them
   and bring them back to their meadow;
   there they shall increase and multiply.
I will appoint shepherds for them who will shepherd them
   so that they need no longer fear and tremble;
   and none shall be missing, says the LORD.

   Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
      when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
   as king he shall reign and govern wisely,
      he shall do what is just and right in the land.
   In his days Judah shall be saved,
      Israel shall dwell in security.
   This is the name they give him:
      “The LORD our justice.”