Jeremiah, Chapter 23

Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture, says the LORD.

Therefore so says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people, You have scattered My flock, and have driven them away, and have not visited them. Behold, I will bring on you the evil of your doings, says the LORD.

And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and will bring them again to their fold. And they shall be fruitful and multiply.

And I will set up shepherds over them who will feed them. And they shall fear no more, nor be afraid; nor shall they lack [anything], says the LORD.

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Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will raise to David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and act wisely, and shall do judgment and justice in the earth.

In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely. And this [is] His name by which He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Therefore, behold, the days come, says the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD lives, who brought the sons of Israel up out of the land of Egypt;

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but, The LORD lives, who brought up and led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries where I have driven them. And they shall dwell in their own land.

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 has overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of His holiness.

For the land is full of adulterers. Yes, because of cursing the land mourns; the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, and their course is evil, and their power [is] not right.

For both prophet and priest are ungodly; yes, in My house I have found their evil, says the LORD.

So their way shall be to them as slippery [ways] in the darkness; they shall be driven on, and fall in them; for I will bring evil on them, even the year of their judgment, says the LORD.

And I have seen frivolity in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied by Baal and caused My people Israel to go astray.

I have also seen in the prophets of Jerusalem a horrible thing; they commit adultery and walk in falsehood. They also strengthen to the hands of evildoers, so that none returns from his evil; they are all of them like Sodom to Me, and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.

So the LORD of hosts says this concerning the prophets: Behold, I will feed them wormwood, and make them drink poisonous water; for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has gone forth into all the land.

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So says the LORD of hosts, Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you vain; they speak a vision from their own heart, not out of the mouth of the LORD.

They still say to those who despise Me, The LORD has said, You shall have peace! And they say to everyone who walks after the stubbornness of his own heart, No evil shall come on you!

For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hears His word? Who has listened to His word and heard [it]?

Behold, the tempest of the LORD has gone forth in fury, a whirling tempest. It shall whirl on the head of the wicked.

The anger of the LORD shall not return, until He has done and until He has set up the purposes of His heart; in later days you shall understand it perfectly.

I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

But if they had stood in My wisdom 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.

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[Am] I a God near, says the LORD, and not a God afar off?

Can anyone hide himself in secret places so that I shall not see him? says the LORD. Do I not fill the heavens and earth? says the LORD.

I have heard what the prophets said, who prophesy lies in My name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

How long shall [this] be in the heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? But they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart,

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who plot to cause My people to forget My name by their dreams which they tell, each one to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten My name for Baal.

The prophet who has a dream, let him tell a dream. And he who has My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What [is] the chaff to the wheat? says the LORD.

[Is] not My word like a fire? says the LORD; and like a hammer [that] breaks the rock in pieces?

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So the LORD says, Behold, I [am] against the prophets who steal My words each one from his neighbor.

The LORD says, Behold, I [am] against the prophets who use their tongues and say, He says.

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The LORD says, Behold, I [am] against those who prophesy false dreams and tell them, and cause My people to go astray by their lies and by their lightness. Yet I did not send them nor command them; therefore they shall not profit this people at all, says the LORD.

And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask you, saying, What [is] the burden of the LORD? You shall then say to them, What burden? I will even forsake you, says the LORD.

And [as for] the prophet, and the priest, and the people, who shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even punish that man and his house.

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So you shall say each one to his neighbor, and each one to his brother, What has the LORD answered? And what has the LORD spoken?

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And you shall mention the burden of the LORD no more. For every man's word shall be his burden; for you have perverted the words of the living God, of the LORD of hosts our God.

So you shall say to the prophet, What has the LORD answered you? And what has the LORD spoken?

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But since you say, The burden of the LORD; therefore so says the LORD, Because you say this word; the burden of the LORD; and I have sent to you saying, You shall not say, The burden of the LORD;

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therefore, behold, I, even I, will completely forget you, and I will forsake you and the city that I gave you and your fathers, [and cast you] out of My presence.

And I will bring an everlasting reproach on you, and a never-ending shame, which shall not be forgotten.

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