Jeremiah 23


23:1 Woe be to the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of
 my pasture! saith the LORD.
23:2 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the
 pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and
 driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will
 visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.
23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock from all
 countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again
 to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
23:4 And I will set shepherds over them who shall feed them: and
 they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be
 lacking, saith the LORD.
23:5 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise to
 David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper,
 and shall execute judgment and justice upon the earth.
23:6 In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell in
 safety: and this [is] his name by which he shall be called,
 JEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
23:7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they
 shall no more say, The LORD liveth, who brought the children of
 Israel out of the land of Egypt;
23:8 But, the LORD liveth, who brought and who led the seed of
 the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all
 countries whither I have driven them; and they shall dwell in
 their own land.
23:9 My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all
 my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom
 wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the
 words of his holiness.
23:10 For the land is full of adulterers; for because of
 swearing the land mourneth; the pleasant places of the
 wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their
 force [is] not right.
23:11 For both prophet and priest are profane; even in my house
 have I found their wickedness, saith the LORD.
23:12 Wherefore their way shall be to them as slippery [ways] in
 the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein: for I
 will bring evil upon them, [even] the year of their visitation,
 saith the LORD.
23:13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they
 prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
23:14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem a horrible
 thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen
 also the hands of evil-doers, that none doth return from his
 wickedness: they are all of them to me as Sodom, and the
 inhabitants of it as Gomorrah.
23:15 Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the
 prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them
 drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is
 profaneness gone forth into all the land.
23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not to the words of
 the prophets that prophesy to you: they make you vain: they
 speak a vision of their own heart, [and] not from the mouth of
 the LORD.
23:17 They say still to them that despise me, The LORD hath
 said, Ye shall have peace; and they say to every one that
 walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall
 come upon you.
23:18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath
 perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and
 heard [it]?
23:19 Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury,
 even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the
 head of the wicked.
23:20 The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he shall
 have executed, and till he shall have performed the thoughts of
 his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.
23:21 I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not
 spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
23:22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my
 people to hear my words, then they would have turned them from
 their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.
23:23 [Am] I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar
 off.
23:24 Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see
 him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the
 LORD.
23:25 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in
 my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
23:26 How long shall [this] be in the heart of the prophets that
 prophesy lies? yes, [they are] prophets of the deceit of their
 own heart;
23:27 Who think to cause my people to forget my name by their
 dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their
 fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.
23:28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and
 he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What
 [is] the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD?
23:29 [Is] not my word like a fire? saith the LORD? and like a
 hammer [that] breaketh the rock in pieces?
23:30 Therefore behold, I [am] against the prophets, saith the
 LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbor.
23:31 Behold, I [am] against the prophets, saith the LORD, that
 use their tongues, and say, He saith.
23:32 Behold, I [am] against them that prophesy false dreams,
 saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by
 their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor
 commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at
 all, saith the LORD.
23:33 And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall
 ask thee, saying, What [is] the burden of the LORD? thou shalt
 then say to them, What burden? I will even forsake you, saith
 the LORD.
23:34 And [as for] the prophet, and the priest, and the people
 that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that
 man and his house.
23:35 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbor, and every one
 to his brother, What hath the LORD answered? and, What hath the
 LORD spoken?
23:36 And the burden of the LORD shall ye mention no more: for
 every man's word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the
 words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.
23:37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the LORD
 answered thee? and, What hath the LORD spoken?
23:38 But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus
 saith the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the
 LORD, and I have sent to you, saying, Ye shall not say, The
 burden of the LORD;
23:39 Therefore behold, I, even I, will utterly forget you, and
 I will forsake you, and the city that I gave to you and your
 fathers, [and cast you] out of my presence:
23:40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a
 perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.
 
 

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