“I saw that the prophets of Samaria were terribly evil, for they prophesied in the name of Baal and led my people of Israel into sin.
But now I see that the prophets of Jerusalem are even worse! They commit adultery and love dishonesty. They encourage those who are doing evil so that no one turns away from their sins. These prophets are as wicked as the people of Sodom and Gomorrah once were.”
Therefore, this is what the of Heaven’s Armies says concerning the prophets: “I will feed them with bitterness and give them poison to drink. For it is because of Jerusalem’s prophets that wickedness has filled this land.”
This is what the of Heaven’s Armies says to his people: “Do not listen to these prophets when they prophesy to you, filling you with futile hopes. They are making up everything they say. They do not speak for the !
They keep saying to those who despise my word, ‘Don’t worry! The says you will have peace!’ And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires, they say, ‘No harm will come your way!’
“Have any of these prophets been in the ’s presence to hear what he is really saying? Has even one of them cared enough to listen?
Look! The ’s anger bursts out like a storm, a whirlwind that swirls down on the heads of the wicked.
The anger of the will not diminish until it has finished all he has planned. In the days to come you will understand all this very clearly.
“I have not sent these prophets, yet they run around claiming to speak for me. I have given them no message, yet they go on prophesying.
If they had stood before me and listened to me, they would have spoken my words, and they would have turned my people from their evil ways and deeds.
Am I a God who is only close at hand?” says the . “No, I am far away at the same time.
Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?” says the .
“I have heard these prophets say, ‘Listen to the dream I had from God last night.’ And then they proceed to tell lies in my name.
How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say.
By telling these false dreams, they are trying to get my people to forget me, just as their ancestors did by worshiping the idols of Baal.
“Let these false prophets tell their dreams, but let my true messengers faithfully proclaim my every word. There is a difference between straw and grain!
Does not my word burn like fire?” says the . “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?
“Therefore,” says the , “I am against these prophets who steal messages from each other and claim they are from me.
I am against these smooth-tongued prophets who say, ‘This prophecy is from the !’
I am against these false prophets. Their imaginary dreams are flagrant lies that lead my people into sin. I did not send or appoint them, and they have no message at all for my people. I, the , have spoken!
“Suppose one of the people or one of the prophets or priests asks you, ‘What prophecy has the burdened you with now?’ You must reply, ‘You are the burden! The says he will abandon you!’
References for Jeremiah 23:33
“If any prophet, priest, or anyone else says, ‘I have a prophecy from the ,’ I will punish that person along with his entire family.
You should keep asking each other, ‘What is the ’s answer?’ or ‘What is the saying?’
But stop using this phrase, ‘prophecy from the .’ For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the of Heaven’s Armies.
“This is what you should say to the prophets: ‘What is the ’s answer?’ or ‘What is the saying?’
But suppose they respond, ‘This is a prophecy from the !’ Then you should say, ‘This is what the says: Because you have used this phrase, “prophecy from the ,” even though I warned you not to use it,
I will forget you completely. I will expel you from my presence, along with this city that I gave to you and your ancestors.
References for Jeremiah 23:39
And I will make you an object of ridicule, and your name will be infamous throughout the ages.’”