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Ezekiel 13 (New International Version)

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False Prophets Condemned

1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 "Son of man, prophesy against the prophets1 of Israel who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their own imagination:2 'Hear the word of the LORD!3 3 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolisha prophets4 who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!5 4 Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among ruins. 5 You have not gone up to the breaks in the wall to repair6 it for the house of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD.7 6 Their visions are false8 and their divinations a lie. They say, "The LORD declares," when the LORD has not sent9 them; yet they expect their words to be fulfilled.10 7 Have you not seen false visions11 and uttered lying divinations when you say, "The LORD declares," though I have not spoken? 8 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: Because of your false words and lying visions, I am against you,12 declares the Sovereign LORD. 9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying13 divinations. They will not belong to the council of my people or be listed in the records14 of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign LORD.15 10 " 'Because they lead my people astray,16 saying, "Peace,"17 when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash,18 11 therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones19 hurtling down,20 and violent winds will burst forth.21 12 When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, "Where is the whitewash you covered it with?" 13 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: In my wrath I will unleash a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones22 and torrents of rain23 will fall with destructive fury.24 14 I will tear down the wall25 you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation26 will be laid bare. When itb falls,27 you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the LORD. 15 So I will spend my wrath against the wall and against those who covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, "The wall is gone and so are those who whitewashed it, 16 those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign LORD.28" ' 17 "Now, son of man, set your face29 against the daughters30 of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them31 18 and say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the women who sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people. Will you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own? 19 You have profaned32 me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread.33 By lying to my people, who listen to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have spared those who should not live.34 20 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against your magic charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare like birds.35 21 I will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know that I am the LORD.36 22 Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies,37 when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives,38 23 therefore you will no longer see false visions39 or practice divination.40 I will save41 my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the LORD.42' "
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