Jeremiah 23:26

26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?

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Jeremiah 23:26 in Other Translations

KJV
26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;
ESV
26 How long shall there be lies in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart,
NLT
26 How long will this go on? If they are prophets, they are prophets of deceit, inventing everything they say.
MSG
26 How long do I have to put up with this? Do these prophets give two cents about me as they preach their lies and spew out their grandiose delusions?
CSB
26 How long will this continue in the minds of the prophets prophesying lies, prophets of the deceit of their own minds?

Jeremiah 23:26 Meaning and Commentary

Jeremiah 23:26

How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that
prophesy lies?
&c.] To invent such lies, and deceive the people, and turn them away from God; agreeably to the preceding and following verses: this shows that this was not through ignorance and inadvertence; it was a meditated and studied thing by them; they contrived it in their hearts, and they were resolute and bent upon it, and took much delight and pleasure in it; their hearts were in it, and it was in them to do as they did; and in this way they had been long, but should continue no longer. Or the words may be rendered, "how long?"


FOOTNOTES:

F8 and a stop be put there, being a short abrupt expression, like that in ( Psalms 6:3 ) ; and the sense be, how long shall they go on thus, pretending to dreams, and visions, and revelations from the Lord, and so impose upon the people? shall they always go on after this manner? no, they shall not: and then the next words may be read, "is there any thing in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies?" F9 nothing that is good; truth is not there; nothing but lies and deceit; the word of God is not there, as it is with the true prophet of the Lord, "he that hath my word", as in ( Jeremiah 23:28 ) ; there is no fear of God, nor knowledge of him and his will, nor faith in him, nor love to him, or any regard to his honour and glory; yea, [they are] prophets of the deceit of their own hearts;
they prophesy nothing but what their own deceitful hearts suggest to them, whereby they are deceived themselves, and deceive others, ( 2 Timothy 3:13 ) .
F8 (ytm de) "quousque?" Cocceius, Schmidt; "quousque tandem", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "usque quando?" De Dieu.
F9 (Myabnh blb vyh) "an est in corde prophetarum?", De Dieu, Gataker, Schmidt.

Jeremiah 23:26 In-Context

24 Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the LORD. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD.
25 “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’
26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?
27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship.
28 Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Isaiah 30:10; 1 Timothy 4:1-2
  • 2. Jeremiah 14:14; Ezekiel 13:2
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