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Jeremiah 23:4-14 (Holman Christian Standard)

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4 I will raise up shepherds over them who will shepherd them.a They will no longer be afraid or dismayed, nor will any be missing." [This is] the Lord's declaration.

The Righteous Branch of David

5 "The days are coming"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"when I will raise up a righteous Branch of David.b He will reign wisely as king and administer justice and righteousness in the land.c 6 In His days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely.d This is what He will be named: The Lord Is Our Righteousness.e 7 The days are coming"-the Lord's declaration-"when it will no longer be said: As the Lord lives who brought the Israelites from the land of Egypt,f 8 but: As the Lord lives, who brought and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the land of the north and from all the other countries where Ig had banished them. They will dwell once more in their own land."h

False Prophets Condemned

9 Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me, and all my bones tremble. I have become like a drunkard, like a man overcome by wine, because of the Lord, because of His holy words. 10 For the land is full of adulterers;i the land mourns because of the curse, and the grazing lands in the wilderness have dried up. Their way of lifej has become evil, and their power is not rightly used 11 because both prophet and priest are ungodly, even in My house I have found their evil. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. 12 Therefore, their way will be to them like slippery paths in the gloom.k They will be driven away and fall down there, for I will bring disaster on them, the year of their punishment. [This is] the Lord's declaration. 13 Among the prophets of Samaria I saw something disgusting: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.l 14 Among the prophets of Jerusalem also I saw a horrible thing: They commit adultery and walk in lies. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, and none turns his back on evil. They are all like Sodomm to Me; Jerusalem's residents are like Gomorrah.
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