27 Think they to cause [a]my people to forget my Name by their dreams, which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their forefathers have forgotten my Name for Baal?

28 The prophet that hath a dream, let him [b]tell a dream, and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully: [c]what is the chaff to the wheat, saith the Lord?

29 Is not my word even like a fire, saith the Lord? and like an hammer, that breaketh the stone?

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 23:27 He showeth that Satan raiseth up false prophets to bring the people from God.
  2. Jeremiah 23:28 Let the false prophet declare that it is his own fantasy, and not slander my word as though it were a cloak to cover his lies.
  3. Jeremiah 23:28 Meaning, that it is not sufficient for God’s ministers to abstain from lies, and to speak the word of God: but that there be judgment in alleging it, and that it may appear to be applied to the same purpose that it was spoken, Ezek. 3:27; 1 Cor. 2:13 and 4:2; 2 Tim. 2:25; 2 Pet. 4:10, 11.

27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget(A) my name, just as their ancestors forgot(B) my name through Baal worship.(C) 28 Let the prophet who has a dream(D) recount the dream, but let the one who has my word(E) speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. 29 “Is not my word like fire,”(F) declares the Lord, “and like a hammer(G) that breaks a rock in pieces?

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