I will tear down the wall1 you have covered with whitewash and will level it to the ground so that its foundation2 will be laid bare. When ita falls,3 you will be destroyed in it; and you will know that I am the LORD.
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,
those prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign LORD.4" '
"Now, son of man, set your face5 against the daughters6 of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination. Prophesy against them718
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?
You have profaned8 me among my people for a few handfuls of barley and scraps of bread.9 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.1020
" '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.1121
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.1222
Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies,13 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,1423
therefore you will no longer see false visions15 or practice divination.16 I will save17 my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the LORD.18' "