The priests did not ask,
    ‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who deal with the law did not know me;(A)
    the leaders(B) rebelled against me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal,(C)
    following worthless idols.(D)

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And you, Pashhur, and all who live in your house will go into exile to Babylon. There you will die and be buried, you and all your friends to whom you have prophesied(A) lies.’”

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25 “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies(A) in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream!(B) I had a dream!’ 26 How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions(C) of their own minds?(D) 27 They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget(E) my name, just as their ancestors forgot(F) my name through Baal worship.(G) 28 Let the prophet who has a dream(H) recount the dream, but let the one who has my word(I) speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. 29 “Is not my word like fire,”(J) declares the Lord, “and like a hammer(K) that breaks a rock in pieces?

30 “Therefore,” declares the Lord, “I am against(L) the prophets(M) who steal from one another words supposedly from me. 31 Yes,” declares the Lord, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The Lord declares.’(N) 32 Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,(O)” declares the Lord. “They tell them and lead my people astray(P) with their reckless lies,(Q) yet I did not send(R) or appoint them. They do not benefit(S) these people in the least,” declares the Lord.

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False Prophecy

33 “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the message(A) from the Lord?’ say to them, ‘What message? I will forsake(B) you, declares the Lord.’ 34 If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, ‘This is a message(C) from the Lord,’ I will punish(D) them and their household. 35 This is what each of you keeps saying to your friends and other Israelites: ‘What is the Lord’s answer?’(E) or ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 36 But you must not mention ‘a message from the Lord’ again, because each one’s word becomes their own message. So you distort(F) the words of the living God,(G) 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 cast(H) you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your ancestors. 40 I will bring on you everlasting disgrace(I)—everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.”

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They are prophesying lies(A) to you in my name. I have not sent(B) them,” declares the Lord.

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This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Woe to the foolish[a] prophets(A) who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!(B)

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 13:3 Or wicked

28 Her prophets whitewash(A) these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations.(B) They say, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says’—when the Lord has not spoken.(C)

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