Can anyone hide1 in secret places so that I cannot see him?" declares the LORD. "Do not I fill heaven and earth?"2 declares the LORD.
"I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies3 in my name. They say, 'I had a dream!4 I had a dream!'
How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions5 of their own minds?627
They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget7 my name, just as their fathers forgot8 my name through Baal worship.928
Let the prophet who has a dream10 tell his dream, but let the one who has my word11 speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?" declares the LORD.
"Is not my word like fire,"12 declares the LORD, "and like a hammer13 that breaks a rock in pieces?
"Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against14 the prophets15 who steal from one another words supposedly from me.
Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, 'The LORD declares.'1632
Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,17" declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray18 with their reckless lies,19 yet I did not send20 or appoint them. They do not benefit21 these people in the least," declares the LORD.
"When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, 'What is the oraclea22 of the LORD?' say to them, 'What oracle?b I will forsake23 you, declares the LORD.'
If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, 'This is the oracle24 of the LORD,' I will punish25 that man and his household.