Jeremiah 23:33-40 (Today's New International Version)

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False Prophecy

33 "When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, 'What is the message1 from the LORD?' say to them, 'What message? I will forsake2 you, declares the LORD.' 34 If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, 'This is a message3 from the LORD,' I will punish4 them and their households. 35 This is what each of you keeps saying to your friends and other Israelites: 'What is the LORD's answer?'5 or 'What has the LORD spoken?' 36 But you must not mention 'a message from the LORD' again, because everyone's own word becomes a message from God. So you distort6 the words of the living God,7 the LORD Almighty, our God 37 This is what you keep saying to a prophet: 'What is the LORD's answer to you?' or 'What has the LORD spoken?' 38 Although you claim, 'This is a message from the LORD,' this is what the LORD says: You used the words, 'This is a message from the LORD,' even though I told you that you must not claim, 'This is a message from the LORD. 39 Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast8 you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your ancestors. 40 I will bring on you everlasting disgrace9--everlasting shame that will not be forgotten."
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