Jeremiah 23:9-19 NIV

Lying Prophets

9 Concerning the prophets: My heart1 is broken within me; all my bones tremble.2 I am like a drunken man, like a man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words.3

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10 The land is full of adulterers;4 because of the cursea5 the land lies parchedb and the pastures6 in the desert are withered.7 The [ prophets] follow an evil course and use their power unjustly.

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    • b 23:10 - Or "because of these things"
    • c 23:10 - Or "land mourns"
      11 "Both prophet and priest are godless;8 even in my temple9 I find their wickedness," declares the LORD.

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      12 "Therefore their path will become slippery;10 they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,11" declares the LORD.

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      13 "Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal12 and led my people Israel astray.13

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      14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible:14 They commit adultery and live a lie.15 They strengthen the hands of evildoers,16 so that no one turns from his wickedness.17 They are all like Sodom18 to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah."

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      15 Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty says concerning the prophets: "I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water,19 because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness20 has spread throughout the land."

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      16 This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Do not listen21 to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions22 from their own minds, not from the mouth23 of the LORD.

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      17 They keep saying24 to those who despise me, 'The LORD says: You will have peace.'25 And to all who follow the stubbornness26 of their hearts they say, 'No harm27 will come to you.'

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      18 But which of them has stood in the council28 of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word?

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      19 See, the storm29 of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind30 swirling down on the heads of the wicked

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