As for the prophets : My 1heart 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 2adulterers ; For the land3mournsbecause of the curse. The 4pastures of the wilderness have dried up. Their course also is evil And their might is not right.
"For 5bothprophet and priest are polluted ; Even in My house I have found their wickedness," declares the LORD.
12"Therefore their way will be like 6slipperypaths to them, They will be drivenaway into the 7gloom and falldown in it; For I will bring8calamity upon them, The year of their punishment," declares the LORD.
"Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an 9offensivething : They 10prophesied by Baal and 11led My peopleIsraelastray.
"Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a 12horriblething : The committing of 13adultery and walking in falsehood ; And they strengthen the hands of 14evildoers, So that noone has turnedback from his wickedness. All of them have become to Me like 15Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.
15"Thereforethussays the LORD of hostsconcerning the prophets, 'Behold, I am going to 16feed them wormwood And make them drinkpoisonouswater, For from the prophets of JerusalemPollution has goneforth into all the land.' "
16Thussays the LORD of hosts, "17Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are 18leading you into futility ; They speak a 19vision of their own aimagination, Not 20from the mouth of the LORD.
"They keep saying to those who 21despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "22You will havepeace "'; And as for everyone who walks in the 23stubbornness of his own heart, They say, '24Calamity will not come upon you.'
"But 25who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word ? Who has given26heed to bHis word and listened ?
19"Behold, the 27storm of the LORD has goneforth in wrath, Even a whirlingtempest ; It will swirldown on the head of the wicked.
"The 28anger of the LORD will not turnbackUntil He has 29performed and carried out the purposes of His heart ; 30In the lastdays you will clearlyunderstand it.
"31I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied.
"But if they had 32stood in My council, Then they would have 33announced 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 34near," declares the LORD, "And not a Godfaroff ?
"Can a man35hide himself in hidingplaces So I do not see him?" declares the LORD. "36Do I not fill the heavens and the earth ?" declares the LORD.
"I have 37heardwhat the prophets have said who 38prophesyfalsely in My name, saying, 'I had a 39dream, I had a dream !'
26"Howlong ? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesyfalsehood, even these prophets of the 40deception of their own heart,
who intend to 41make My peopleforget My name by their dreamswhich they relate to oneanother, just as their fathers42forgot My name because of Baal ?
"The prophetwhohas a dream may relate his dream, but let him whohas43My wordspeak My word in truth. 44What does straw have in common with grain ?" declares the LORD.
"Is not My word like 45fire ?" declares the LORD, "and like a 46hammer which shatters a rock ?
30"Thereforebehold, 47I 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 prophesied48falsedreams," declares the LORD, "and related them and led My peopleastray by their falsehoods and 49recklessboasting ; yet 50I did not send them or command them, nor do they 51furnishthispeople the slightestbenefit," declares the LORD.
"Now whenthispeopleor the prophetor a priestasks you saying, 'What is the c52oracle of the LORD ?' then you shall say to them, 'Whatdoracle ?' The LORDdeclares, 'I will 53abandon you.'
"Then as for the prophet or the priest or the peoplewhosay, 'The 54oracle 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, '55What 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 56perverted the words of the 57livingGod, the LORD of hosts, our God.
37"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, 58I will surelyforget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the citywhich I gave you and your fathers.
"I will put an everlasting59reproach on you and an everlastinghumiliationwhich will not be forgotten."