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Jeremiah 23:9-40 (New American Standard)

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False Prophets Denounced

9 As for the prophets: My 1heart is broken within me, All my bones tremble; I have become like a drunken man, Even like a man overcome with wine, Because of the LORD And because of His holy words. 10 For the land is full of 2adulterers; For the land 3mourns because of the curse. The 4pastures of the wilderness have dried up. Their course also is evil And their might is not right. 11 "For 5both prophet and priest are polluted; Even in My house I have found their wickedness," declares the LORD. 12 "Therefore their way will be like 6slippery paths to them, They will be driven away into the 7gloom and fall down in it; For I will bring 8calamity upon them, The year of their punishment," declares the LORD. 13 "Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an 9offensive thing: They 10prophesied by Baal and 11led My people Israel astray. 14 "Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a 12horrible thing: The committing of 13adultery and walking in falsehood; And they strengthen the hands of 14evildoers, So that no one has turned back from his wickedness. All of them have become to Me like 15Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah 15 "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, 'Behold, I am going to 16feed them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.' " 16 Thus says 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. 17 "They keep saying to those who 21despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "22You will have peace "'; And as for everyone who walks in the 23stubbornness of his own heart, They say, '24Calamity will not come upon you.' 18 "But 25who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given 26heed to bHis word and listened? 19 "Behold, the 27storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked 20 "The 28anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has 29performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; 30In the last days you will clearly understand it. 21 "31I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied 22 "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 evil way And from the evil of their deeds. 23 "Am I a God who is 34near," declares the LORD, "And not a God far off ? 24 "Can a man 35hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?" declares the LORD. "36Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD. 25 "I have 37heard what the prophets have said who 38prophesy falsely in My name, saying, 'I had a 39dream, I had a dream!' 26 "How long ? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the 40deception of their own heart, 27 who intend to 41make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers 42forgot My name because of Baal? 28 "The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has 43My word speak My word in truth. 44What does straw have in common with grain?" declares the LORD. 29 "Is not My word like 45fire?" declares the LORD, "and like a 46hammer which shatters a rock? 30 "Therefore behold, 47I am against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who steal My words from each other. 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 prophesied 48false dreams," declares the LORD, "and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and 49reckless boasting; yet 50I did not send them or command them, nor do they 51furnish this people the slightest benefit," declares the LORD. 33 "Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, 'What is the c52oracle of the LORD?' then you shall say to them, 'What doracle?' The LORD declares, 'I will 53abandon you.' 34 "Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, 'The 54oracle of the LORD,' I will bring punishment upon that man and his household. 35 "Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, '55What has the LORD answered?' or, 'What has the LORD spoken?' 36 "For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man's own word will become the oracle, and you have 56perverted the words of the 57living God, the LORD of hosts, our God 37 "Thus you will say to that prophet, 'What has the LORD answered you?' and, 'What has the LORD spoken?' 38 "For if you say, 'The oracle of the LORD!' surely thus says the LORD, 'Because you said this word, "The oracle of the LORD!" I have also sent to you, saying, "You shall not say, 'The oracle of the LORD!' " 39 "Therefore behold, 58I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers. 40 "I will put an everlasting 59reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten."
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