Idolatrous Elders Punished

1 Some of the elders of Israel came to me and sat down in front of me.
2 Then the word of the Lord came to me:
3 "Son of man, these men have set up idols in their hearts and have put sinful stumbling blocks before their faces. Should I be consulted by them at all?
4 "Therefore, speak to them and tell them: This is what the Lord God says: When anyone from the house of Israel sets up idols in his heart, puts a sinful stumbling block before his face, and then comes to the prophet, I, the Lord, will answer him appropriately.a [I will answer him] according to his many idols,
5 so that I may take hold of the house of Israel by their hearts, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.
6 "Therefore, say to the house of Israel: This is what the Lord God says: Repent and turn away from your idols; turn your faces away from all your abominations.
7 For when anyone from the house of Israel or from the foreigners who reside in Israel separates himself from Me, setting up idols in his heart and putting a sinful stumbling block before his face, and then comes to the prophet to inquire of Me,b I, the Lord, will answer him Myself.
8 I will turn against that one and make him a sign and a proverb; I will cut him off from among My people. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
9 "But if the prophet is deceived and speaks a message, it was I, the Lord, who deceived that prophet. I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel.
10 They will bear their punishment-the punishment of the one who inquires will be the same as that of the prophet-
11 in order that the house of Israel may no longer stray from following Me and no longer defile themselves with all their transgressions. Then they will be My people and I will be their God."c [This is] the declaration of the Lord God .