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Jeremiah 23 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:1 - “Woe to the shepherds who are destroying and scattering the sheep of my pasture!” declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:2 - Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says to the shepherds who tend my people: “Because you have scattered my flock and driven them away and have not bestowed care on them, I will bestow punishment on you for the evil you have done,” declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:3 - “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and will bring them back to their pasture, where they will be fruitful and increase in number.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:4 - I will place shepherds over them who will tend them, and they will no longer be afraid or terrified, nor will any be missing,” declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:5 - “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will raise up for David[fn] a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:6 - In his days Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The LORD Our Righteous Savior.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:7 - “So then, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when people will no longer say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:8 - but they will say, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ Then they will live in their own land.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:9 - Concerning the prophets: My heart is broken within me; all my bones tremble. I am like a drunken man, like a strong man overcome by wine, because of the LORD and his holy words.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:10 - The land is full of adulterers; because of the curse[fn] the land lies parched and the pastures in the wilderness are withered. The prophets follow an evil course and use their power unjustly.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:11 - “Both prophet and priest are godless; even in my temple I find their wickedness,”

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Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:12 - “Therefore their path will become slippery; they will be banished to darkness and there they will fall. I will bring disaster on them in the year they are punished,”

declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:13 - “Among the prophets of Samaria I saw this repulsive thing: They prophesied by Baal and led my people Israel astray.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:14 - And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen something horrible: They commit adultery and live a lie. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that not one of them turns from their wickedness. They are all like Sodom to me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:15 - Therefore this is what the LORD Almighty says concerning the prophets: “I will make them eat bitter food and drink poisoned water, because from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land.”

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:16 - This is what the LORD Almighty says: “Do not listen to what the prophets are prophesying to you; they fill you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:17 - They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The LORD says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:18 - But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:19 - See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a whirlwind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:20 - The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:21 - I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:22 - But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:23 - “Am I only a God nearby,”

declares the LORD,

“and not a God far away?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:24 - Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?”

declares the LORD.

“Do not I fill heaven and earth?”

declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:25 - “I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:26 - How long will this continue in the hearts of these lying prophets, who prophesy the delusions of their own minds?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:27 - They think the dreams they tell one another will make my people forget my name, just as their ancestors forgot my name through Baal worship.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:28 - Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:29 - “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:30 - “Therefore,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:31 - Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, ‘The LORD declares.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:32 - Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” declares the LORD. “They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least,” declares the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:33 - “When these people, or a prophet or a priest, ask you, ‘What is the message from the LORD?’ say to them, ‘What message? I will forsake you, declares the LORD.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:34 - If a prophet or a priest or anyone else claims, ‘This is a message from the LORD,’ I will punish them and their household.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:35 - This is what each of you keeps saying to your friends and other Israelites: ‘What is the LORD’s answer?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:36 - But you must not mention ‘a message from the LORD’ again, because each one’s word becomes their own message. So you distort the words of the living God, the LORD Almighty, our God.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:37 - This is what you keep saying to a prophet: ‘What is the LORD’s answer to you?’ or ‘What has the LORD spoken?’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:38 - 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.’

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:39 - Therefore, I will surely forget you and cast you out of my presence along with the city I gave to you and your ancestors.

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 23:40 - I will bring on you everlasting disgrace—everlasting shame that will not be forgotten.”
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