Jeremiah 23:9-32 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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;a the land mourns because of the curse, and the grazing lands in the wilderness have dried up. Their way of lifeb 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.c 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.d 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 Sodome to Me; Jerusalem's residents are like Gomorrah. 15 Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts says concerning the prophets: I am about to feed them wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink,f for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodlinessg has spread throughout the land. 16 This is what the Lord of Hosts says: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They are making you worthless. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the Lord's mouth. 17 They keep on saying to those who despise Me: The Lord has said: You will have peace.h To everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his heart they have said, No harm will come to you." 18 For who has stood in the councili of the Lord to see and hear His word? Who has paid attention to His word and obeyed? 19 Look, a storm from the Lord!j Wrath has gone forth, a whirling storm. It will whirl about the head of the wicked. 20 The Lord's anger will not turn back until He has completely fulfilled the purposes of His heart. In time to come you will understand it clearly.k 21 I did not send these prophets, yet they ran [with a message]. I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. 22 If they had really stood in My council, they would have enabled My people to hear My words and would have turned them back from their evil ways and their evil deeds. 23 "Am I a God who is only near"-[this is] the Lord's declaration-"and not a God who is far away? 24 Can a man hide himself in secret places where I cannot see him?"l-the Lord's declaration. "Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?"m-the Lord's declaration. 25 "I have heard what the prophets who prophesy a lie in My name have said: I had a dream! I had a dream! 26 How long will this continue in the minds of the prophets prophesying lies, prophets of the deceit of their own minds? 27 Through their dreams that they tell one another, they make plans to cause My people to forget My name as their fathers forgot My name through Baal worship. 28 The prophet who has [only] a dream should recount the dream, but the one who has My word should speak My word truthfully, for what is straw [compared] to grain?"-the Lord's declaration. 29 "Is not My word like fire"-the Lord's declaration-"and like a sledgehammer that pulverizes rock? 30 Therefore, take note! I am against the prophets"-the Lord's declaration-"who steal My words from each other. 31 I am against the prophets"-the Lord's declaration-"who use their own tongues to deliver an oracle. 32 I am against those who prophesy false dreams"n-the Lord's declaration-"telling them and leading My people astray with their falsehoods and their boasting. It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at allo to these people"-[this is] the Lord's declaration.
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