Jeremiah 23

3 Jul

 Jeremiah 23:13-32

Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive thing:

They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.

Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing : The committing of adultery and walking in falsehood:

And they strengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one has turned back from his wickedness.

All of them have become to Me like Sodom, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, ‘Behold I am going to feed them wormwood and make them drink poisonous water, for from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’ ”

Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.

They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD.

They keep saying to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, “You will have peace” ‘ ;  And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’

But who has stood in the council of the LORD, that he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened? 

Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.

The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purpose of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it.

I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied.

But if they had stood in My council, Then they would have announce My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way And from the evil of their deeds.

Am I a God who is near,” declares the LORD, “And not a God far off?

Can a man hide himself in hiding places So I do not see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and the earth? declares the LORD.

I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying,  ‘I had, a dream, I had a dream!’

How long?  Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception of their own heart,

who intend to make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot My name because of Baal?

“The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth. What does straw have in common with grain? declares the LORD.

“Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?

Therefore behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who steal My words from each other.

“Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’

Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams,” declares the LORD,  “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet  I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the LORD.

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