"1Woe to the shepherds who are 2destroying and scattering the 3sheep of My pasture !" declares the LORD.
2Thereforethussays the LORDGod of Israelconcerning the shepherds who are atending My people : "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to 4attend to you for the 5evil of your deeds," declares the LORD.
"Then I Myself will 6gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countrieswhere I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply.
"I will also raise up 7shepherdsover them and they will btend them; and they will 8not be afraidanylonger, nor be terrified, 9nor will any be missing," declares the LORD5"Behold, the 10days are coming," declares the LORD, "When I will raise up for David a righteousc11Branch ; And He will 12reign as king and dactwisely And 13dojustice and righteousness in the land.
"In His daysJudah will be saved, And 14Israel will dwellsecurely ; And this is His 15name by which He will be called, 'The 16LORD our righteousness.'
"17Thereforebehold, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when they will nolongersay, 'As the LORDlives, whobrought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,'
818but, 'As the LORDlives, who19brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the northland and from all the countrieswhere I had driven them.' Then they will live on their own soil."
As for the prophets : My 20heart is brokenwithin me, All my bonestremble ; I have become like a drunkenman, Even like a manovercome with wine, Because of the LORD And because of His holywords.
For the land is full of 21adulterers ; For the land22mournsbecause of the curse. The 23pastures of the wilderness have dried up. Their course also is evil And their might is not right.
"For 24bothprophet and priest are polluted ; Even in My house I have found their wickedness," declares the LORD.
12"Therefore their way will be like 25slipperypaths to them, They will be drivenaway into the 26gloom and falldown in it; For I will bring27calamity upon them, The year of their punishment," declares the LORD.
"Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an 28offensivething : They 29prophesied by Baal and 30led My peopleIsraelastray.
"Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a 31horriblething : The committing of 32adultery and walking in falsehood ; And they strengthen the hands of 33evildoers, So that noone has turnedback from his wickedness. All of them have become to Me like 34Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah15"Thereforethussays the LORD of hostsconcerning the prophets, 'Behold, I am going to 35feed them wormwood And make them drinkpoisonouswater, For from the prophets of JerusalemPollution has goneforth into all the land.' "
16Thussays the LORD of hosts, "36Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are 37leading you into futility ; They speak a 38vision of their own eimagination, Not 39from the mouth of the LORD.
"They keep saying to those who 40despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "41You will havepeace "'; And as for everyone who walks in the 42stubbornness of his own heart, They say, '43Calamity will not come upon you.'
"But 44who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word ? Who has given45heed to fHis word and listened ?
19"Behold, the 46storm of the LORD has goneforth in wrath, Even a whirlingtempest ; It will swirldown on the head of the wicked20
"The 47anger of the LORD will not turnbackUntil He has 48performed and carried out the purposes of His heart ; 49In the lastdays you will clearlyunderstand it.
"50I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied22
"But if they had 51stood in My council, Then they would have 52announced My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evilway And from the evil of their deeds.
"Am I a God who is 53near," declares the LORD, "And not a Godfaroff ?
"Can a man54hide himself in hidingplaces So I do not see him?" declares the LORD. "55Do I not fill the heavens and the earth ?" declares the LORD.
"I have 56heardwhat the prophets have said who 57prophesyfalsely in My name, saying, 'I had a 58dream, I had a dream !'
26"Howlong ? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesyfalsehood, even these prophets of the 59deception of their own heart,
who intend to 60make My peopleforget My name by their dreamswhich they relate to oneanother, just as their fathers61forgot My name because of Baal ?
"The prophetwhohas a dream may relate his dream, but let him whohas62My wordspeak My word in truth. 63What does straw have in common with grain ?" declares the LORD.
"Is not My word like 64fire ?" declares the LORD, "and like a 65hammer which shatters a rock ?
30"Thereforebehold, 66I am against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who steal My words from eachother.
31"Behold, I am against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who use their tongues and declare, 'The Lord declares.'
32"Behold, I am against those who have prophesied67falsedreams," declares the LORD, "and related them and led My peopleastray by their falsehoods and 68recklessboasting ; yet 69I did not send them or command them, nor do they 70furnishthispeople the slightestbenefit," declares the LORD.
"Now whenthispeopleor the prophetor a priestasks you saying, 'What is the g71oracle of the LORD ?' then you shall say to them, 'Whathoracle ?' The LORDdeclares, 'I will 72abandon you.'
"Then as for the prophet or the priest or the peoplewhosay, 'The 73oracle of the LORD,' I will bringpunishment upon that man and his household.
35"Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, '74What has the LORDanswered ?' or, 'What has the LORDspoken ?'
"For you will nolongerremember the oracle of the LORD, becauseeveryman's own word will become the oracle, and you have 75perverted the words of the 76livingGod, the LORD of hosts, our God37"Thus you will say to that prophet, 'What has the LORDanswered you?' and, 'What has the LORDspoken ?'
"For if you say, 'The oracle of the LORD !' surelythussays the LORD, 'Because you saidthisword, "The oracle of the LORD !" I have also sent to you, saying, "You shall not say, 'The oracle of the LORD !' "
39"Thereforebehold, 77I will surelyforget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the citywhich I gave you and your fathers.
"I will put an everlasting78reproach on you and an everlastinghumiliationwhich will not be forgotten."