Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of Kolaiah, and of Zedekiah the son of Maaseiah, which prophesy a lie unto you in my name; Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadrezzarking of Babylon; and he shall slay them before your eyes;22
And of them shall be taken up a curse by all the captivity of Judah which are in Babylon,saying , The LORDmake thee like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylonroasted in the fire;23
Because they have committedvillany in Israel, and have committedadultery with their neighbours'wives, and have spokenlyingwords in my name, which I have not commanded them; even I know , and am a witness,saith the LORD.24
Thus shalt thou also speak to Shemaiah the Nehelamite,asaying ,
Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,saying , Because thou hast sentletters in thy name unto all the people that are at Jerusalem, and to Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah the priest, and to all the priests,saying ,
The LORD hath made thee priest in the stead of Jehoiada the priest, that ye should be officers in the house of the LORD, for every man that is mad , and maketh himself a prophet , that thou shouldest put him in prison, and in the stocks.27
Now therefore why hast thou not reprovedJeremiah of Anathoth, which maketh himself a prophet to you?
For therefore he sent unto us in Babylon,saying , This captivity is long:build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plantgardens, and eat the fruit of them.
And Zephaniah the priestread this letter in the ears of Jeremiah the prophet.30
Then came the word of the LORD unto Jeremiah,saying ,
31Send to all them of the captivity,saying , Thus saith the LORD concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite; Because that Shemaiah hath prophesied unto you, and I sent him not, and he caused you to trust in a lie: