Jeremiah 23:9-22 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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      20 The anger31 of the LORD will not turn back32 until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly.

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      21 I did not send33 these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied

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      22 But if they had stood in my council,34 they would have proclaimed35 my words to my people and would have turned36 them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.37

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