Ezekiel 13:1-7 (New International Reader's Version)

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The LORD Punishes Those Who Pretend to Be True Prophets

1 A message came to me from the Lord. He said, 2 "Son of man, prophesy against those who are now prophesying in Israel. What they prophesy comes out of their own minds. Tell them, 'Listen to the LORD's message! 3 The LORD and King says, "How terrible it will be for you foolish prophets! You say what your own minds tell you to. Your visions did not come from me. 4 " ' "Israel, your prophets are like wild dogs that live among broken-down buildings. 5 You have not repaired the cracks in the city wall for the people of Israel. So it will not stand firm in the battle on the day I judge you. 6 The visions of those prophets are false. They use magic to try to find out what is going to happen. But their magic tricks are lies. They say, 'The LORD announces.' But I have not sent them. In spite of that, they expect their words to come true. 7 " ' "You prophets have seen false visions. You have used magic to try to find out what is going to happen. But your magic tricks are lies. So you lied when you said, 'The LORD announces.' I did not even speak to you at all."
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