Jeremiah 23:33-40 (New International Version)

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False Oracles and False Prophets

33 "When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, 'What is the oraclea1 of the LORD?' say to them, 'What oracle?b I will forsake2 you, declares the LORD.' 34 If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, 'This is the oracle3 of the LORD,' I will punish4 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?'5 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 distort6 the words of the living God,7 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 cast8 you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your fathers. 40 I will bring upon you everlasting disgrace9--everlasting shame that will not be forgotten."
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