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Jeremiah 23:13-40 (Common English Bible)

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13 In the prophets of Samaria I saw something shocking: They prophesied by Baal and led astray my people Israel. 14 In the prophets of Jerusalem I saw something horrible: They commit adultery and tell lies. They encourage evildoers so that no one turns from their wickedness. In my eyes, they are no better than Sodom; its people are like Gomorrah 15 Therefore, this is what the LORD of heavenly forces proclaims concerning the prophets: I'm going to feed them bitter food and give them poison to drink. Wickedness has spread from the prophets of Jerusalem throughout the land. 16 The LORD proclaims: Don't listen to the prophets who are speaking to you; they are deceiving you. Their visions come from their own hearts, not from the LORD's mouth. 17 They keep saying to those who scorn God's message, "All will go well for you," and to those who follow their own willful hearts, "Nothing bad will happen to you." 18 But who has stood in the LORD's council to listen to God's word? Who has paid attention to his word and announced it? 19 Look! The LORD's angry storm breaks out; it whirls around the heads of the wicked 20 The LORD's fierce anger won't turn back until it accomplishes all that he has planned. In the days to come, you will understand what this means. 21 I didn't send the prophets, yet they ran anyway. I didn't speak to them, yet they prophesied anyway 22 If they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people; they would have turned them from their evil ways and deeds. 23 The LORD declares, Am I a God who is only nearby and not far off? 24 Can people hide themselves in secret places so I might not see them? Don't I fill heaven and earth? 25 I have heard the prophets prophesying lies in my name. They claim, "I've had a dream; I've had a dream!" 26 How long will deceitful prophecies dominate the minds of the prophets? Those prophets are treacherous. 27 They scheme to make my people forget me by their dreams that people tell each other, just as their ancestors forgot me because of Baal. 28 Let the prophet who has a dream declare it, but let the one who has my word proclaim it faithfully. What a difference between straw and wheat! declares the LORD. 29 Isn't my word like fire and like a hammer that shatters rock? declares the LORD. 30 Therefore, I'm against the prophets who steal my words from each other, declares the LORD. 31 I'm against the prophets who carelessly deliver oracles,a declares the LORD. 32 I'm against the prophets who dream up lies and then proclaim them, declares the LORD. With their reckless lies, they lead my people astray. I didn't send them; I didn't commission them. They are completely useless to these people, declares the LORD. 33 When these people or a prophet or a priest asks you, "What is the LORD's message?"b say to them, "What message? I will cast you off, declares the LORD." 34 I will punish anyone, including prophet or priest, who says, "This is the LORD's message." 35 This is what you should ask each other: "What has the LORD said?""What has the LORD declared?" 36 But you are no longer to mention the LORD's message, because everyone thinks they have received a message from the LORD. You destroy the very word of the living God, the LORD of heavenly forces, our God 37 So this is what you should say to the prophet: "What has the LORD said to you?""What has the LORD declared?" 38 But if you insist on saying, "This is the LORD's message," the LORD says to you: Because you have made this claim—this is the LORD's message—when I told you not to proclaim the LORD's message 39 I will lift you upc and cast you out of my presence, together with the city that I gave to your ancestors. 40 I will make you an object of disgrace and enduring shame that no one will ever forget.
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