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Jeremiah 23:25-40 (New International Version)

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25 "I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies1 in my name. They say, 'I had a dream!2 I had a dream!' 26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions3 of their own minds?4 27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget5 my name, just as their fathers forgot6 my name through Baal worship.7 28 Let the prophet who has a dream8 tell his dream, but let the one who has my word9 speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?" declares the LORD. 29 "Is not my word like fire,"10 declares the LORD, "and like a hammer11 that breaks a rock in pieces? 30 "Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against12 the prophets13 who steal from one another words supposedly from me. 31 Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, 'The LORD declares.'14 32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,15" declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray16 with their reckless lies,17 yet I did not send18 or appoint them. They do not benefit19 these people in the least," declares the LORD.

False Oracles and False Prophets

33 "When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, 'What is the oraclea20 of the LORD?' say to them, 'What oracle?b I will forsake21 you, declares the LORD.' 34 If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, 'This is the oracle22 of the LORD,' I will punish23 that man and his household. 35 This is what each of you keeps on saying to his friend or relative: 'What is the LORD's answer?'24 or 'What has the LORD spoken?' 36 But you must not mention 'the oracle of the LORD' again, because every man's own word becomes his oracle and so you distort25 the words of the living God,26 the LORD Almighty, our God 37 This is what you keep saying to a prophet: 'What is the LORD's answer to you?' or 'What has the LORD spoken?' 38 Although you claim, 'This is the oracle of the LORD,' this is what the LORD says: You used the words, 'This is the oracle of the LORD,' even though I told you that you must not claim, 'This is the oracle of the LORD. 39 Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast27 you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your fathers. 40 I will bring upon you everlasting disgrace28--everlasting shame that will not be forgotten."
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