Jeremiah 23

CLV(i) 1 Woe to shepherds destroying, And scattering the flock of My pasture, An affirmation of Yahweh." 2 Therefore, thus said Yahweh, Elohim of Israel, Against the shepherds who feed My people, You have scattered My flock, and drive them away, And have not inspected them, Lo, I am charging on you the evil of your doings, An affirmation of Yahweh." 3 And I do gather the remnant of My flock Out of all the lands whither I drove them, And have brought them back unto their fold, And they have been fruitful, and multiplied." 4 And I have raised for them shepherds, And they have fed them, And they fear no more, nor are affrighted, Nor are they lacking--an affirmation of Yahweh." 5 Lo, days are coming--an affirmation of Yahweh, And I have raised to David a righteous shoot, And a king has reigned and acted wisely, And done judgment and righteousness in the earth." 6 In his days is Judah saved, and Israel dwells confidently, And this his name that Yahweh proclaims him, `Our Righteousness.'" 7 Therefore, lo, days are coming, An affirmation of Yahweh, And they do not say any more, Yahweh lives who brought up The sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt, 8 But--Yahweh lives, who brought up, And who brought in, the seed of the house of Israel, From the land of the north, And from all the lands whither I drove them, And they have dwelt on their own ground!" 9 In reference to the prophets:Broken has been my heart in my midst, Fluttered have all my bones, I have been as a man--a drunkard, And as a man--wine has passed over him, Because of Yahweh, and of His holy words." 10 For of adulterers has the land been full, For because of these has the land mourned, Dried up has been the pleasant places of the wilderness, And their course is evil, and their might--not right." 11 For both prophet and priest have been profane, Yea, in My house I found their wickedness, An affirmation of Yahweh." 12 Therefore is their way to them as slippery places, Into thick darkness they are driven, And they have fallen in it, For I bring in against them evil, The year of their inspection, An affirmation of Yahweh." 13 And in prophets of Samaria I have seen folly, They have prophesied by Baal, And cause my people--Israel--to err." 14 And in prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing, Committing adultery, and walking falsely, Yea, they strengthened the hands of evil doers, So that they have not turned back Each from his wickedness, They have been to me--all of them--as Sodom, And its inhabitants as Gomorrah." 15 Therefore, thus said Yahweh of Hosts, concerning the prophets:Lo, I am causing them to eat wormwood, And have caused them to drink water of gall, For, from prophets of Jerusalem Has profanity gone forth to all the land." 16 Thus said Yahweh of Hosts:You do not hearken unto the words Of the prophets who are prophesying to you, They are making you vain things, A vision of their own heart they speak, Not from the mouth of Yahweh." 17 Saying diligently to those despising The word of Yahweh:Peace is for you, And [to] every one walking in the stubbornness of his heart they have said:Evil does not come in unto you." 18 For who has stood in the counsel of Yahweh, And sees and hears His word? Who has regarded My word, and hearkens? 19 Lo, a whirlwind of Yahweh--Fury has gone out, even a piercing whirlwind, On the head of the wicked it stays." 20 The anger of Yahweh does not turn back Till His doing, and till His establishing, The thoughts of His heart, In the latter end of the days you attend to it With understanding." 21 I have not sent the prophets, and they have run, I have not spoken unto them, and they have prophesied." 22 But--if they stood in My counsel, Then they cause My people to hear My words, And they turn them back from their evil way, And from the evil of their doings." 23 A Elohim near [am] I--an affirmation of Yahweh, And not an Elohim afar off? 24 Is any one hidden in secret places, And I see him not? an affirmation of Yahweh, Do not I fill the heavens and the earth? An affirmation of Yahweh." 25 I have heard that which the prophets said, Who prophesy in My name falsehood, saying, `I have dreamed, I have dreamed.'" 26 Till when is it in the heart of the prophets? The prophets of falsehood, Yea, prophets of the deceit of their heart, 27 Who are devising to cause My people To forget My name by their dreams, That they recount each to his neighbor, As their fathers forgot my name for Baal." 28 The prophet with whom [is] a dream, Let him recount the dream, And he with whom [is] My word, Let him truly speak My word. What--to the straw with the corn? An affirmation of Yahweh." 29 Is it not thus? My word [is] as a fire, An affirmation of Yahweh. And as a hammer--it breaks in pieces a rock." 30 Therefore, lo, I [am] against the prophets, An affirmation of Yahweh, Stealing My words each from his neighbor." 31 Lo, I [am] against the prophets, An affirmation of Yahweh, Who are making smooth their tongue, And they affirm--an affirmation." 32 Lo, I [am] against the prophets of false dreams, An affirmation of Yahweh, And they recount them, and cause my people to err, By their falsehoods, and by their instability, And I--I have not sent them, Nor have I commanded them, And they are not at all profitable to this people, An affirmation of Yahweh." 33 And when this people, or the prophet, Or a priest, does ask you, saying, What [is] the burden of Yahweh? Then you have said unto them:You [are] the burden, and I have left you, An affirmation of Yahweh." 34 And the prophet, and the priest, and the people, That said, The burden of Yahweh, I have seen after that man, and after his house." 35 Thus do you say each unto his neighbor, And each unto his brother:What has Yahweh answered? And what has Yahweh spoken? 36 And the burden of Yahweh you do not mention any more, For the burden to each is--His word, And you have overturned the words of the living Elohim, Yahweh of Hosts, our Elohim." 37 Thus do you say unto the prophet What has Yahweh answered you? And what has Yahweh spoken? 38 And if the burden of Yahweh you say, Therefore thus said Yahweh:Because of your saying this word, The burden of Yahweh, And I do send unto you, saying, You do not say, The burden of Yahweh." 39 Therefore, lo, I--I have taken you utterly away, And I have sent you out, And the city that I gave to you, And to your fathers, from before My face, 40 And I have put on you reproach eonian, And shame eonian that is not forgotten!"
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