God's Message came to me:
"Son of man, preach against the prophets of Israel who are making things up out of their own heads and calling it 'prophesying.'
God, the Master, pronounces doom on the empty-headed prophets who do their own thing and know nothing of what's going on!
Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals scavenging through the ruins.
They haven't lifted a finger to repair the defenses of the city and have risked nothing to help Israel stand on God's Day of Judgment.
All they do is fantasize comforting illusions and preach lying sermons. They say 'God says . . .' when God hasn't so much as breathed in their direction. And yet they stand around thinking that something they said is going to happen.
"Haven't you fantasized sheer nonsense? Aren't your sermons tissues of lies, saying 'God says . . .' when I've done nothing of the kind?
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)