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The Prophets of The Exile

(Category 10 of 16)

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CHAPTER 23 References

1 aJer. 10:21
2 aEx. 32:34
3 aJer. 32:37
4 aJer. 3:15
5 aJer. 33:14
bPs. 72:2 1act
wisely 2justice
6 aZech. 14:11
bJer. 32:37 c[1
Cor. 1:30]

The Branch of Righteousness


1 “Woe ato the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!” says the LORD.
2 Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel against the shepherds who feed My people: “You have scattered My flock, driven them away, and not attended to them. aBehold, I will attend to you for the evil of your doings,” says the LORD.
3 “But aI will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries where I have driven them, and bring them back to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
4 “I will set up ashepherds over them who will feed them; and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, nor shall they be lacking,” says the LORD.

5 “Behold, athe days are coming,” says the LORD, “That I will raise to David a Branch of righteousness; A King shall reign and 1prosper, bAnd execute 2judgment and righteousness in the 3earth.
6 aIn His days Judah will be saved, And Israel bwill dwell safely; Now cthis is His name by which He will be called:

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7 “Therefore, behold, athe days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’
8 “but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country aand from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own bland.”

False Prophets and Empty Oracles

9 My heart within me is broken Because of the prophets; aAll my bones shake. I am like a drunken man, And like a man whom wine has overcome, Because of the LORD, And because of His holy words.
10 For athe land is full of adulterers; For bbecause of a curse the land mourns. cThe pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up. Their course of life is evil, And their might is not right.

11 “For aboth prophet and priest are profane; Yes, bin My house I have found their wickedness,” says the LORD.
12 “Thereforea their way shall be to them Like slippery ways; In the darkness they shall be driven on And fall in them; For I bwill bring disaster on them, The year of their punishment,” says the LORD.
13 “And I have seen 1folly in the prophets of Samaria: aThey prophesied by Baal And bcaused My people Israel to err.
14 Also I have seen a horrible thing in the prophets of Jerusalem: aThey commit adultery and walk in lies; They also bstrengthen the hands of evildoers, So that no one turns back from his wickedness. All of them are like cSodom to Me, And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

15 “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets:

‘Behold, I will feed them with awormwood,

6 1Heb.
YHWH Tsidkenu
7 aJer. 16:14
8 aIs. 43:5, 6
bGen. 12:7
9 aHab. 3:16
10 aJer. 9:2
bHos. 4:2 cJer.
11 aZeph. 3:4
bJer. 7:30;
12 a[Prov. 4:19] bJer. 11:23
13 aJer. 2:8 bIs.
9:16 1Lit. distastefulness
14 aJer. 29:23
bEzek. 13:22,
23 cIs. 1:9, 10
15 aJer. 9:15
1Or Pollution
16 aJer. 14:14
17 aEzek.
13:10 bDeut.
29:19; Jer.
3:17 cMic.
3:11 1stubbornness,
18 a[1 Cor.
2:16] 19 aAmos 1:14
20 aJer. 30:24
bGen. 49:1
21 aJer. 14:14;
23:32; 27:15
22 aJer. 25:5
24 a[Ps. 139:7] b[1 Kin. 8:27]

And make them drink the water of gall; For from the prophets of Jerusalem 1Profaneness has gone out into all the land.’ ”

16 Thus says the LORD of hosts:

“Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; aThey speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD.
17 They continually say to those who despise Me, ‘The LORD has said, a“You shall have peace” ’; And to everyone who bwalks according to the 1dictates of his own heart, they say, c‘No evil shall come upon you.’ ”

18 For awho has stood in the counsel of the LORD, And has perceived and heard His word? Who has marked His word and heard it? 19 Behold, a awhirlwind of the LORD has gone forth in fury— A violent whirlwind! It will fall violently on the head of the wicked.
20 The aanger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has executed and performed the thoughts of His heart. bIn the latter days you will understand it perfectly.

21 “Ia have not sent these prophets, yet they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.
22 But if they had stood in My counsel, And had caused My people to hear My words, Then they would have aturned them from their evil way And from the evil of their doings.

23 “Am I a God near at hand,” says the LORD, “And not a God afar off?
24 Can anyone ahide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?” says the LORD; b“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the LORD.

25 “I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in My name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’
26 “How long will this be in the

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heart of the prophets who prophesy lies? Indeed they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart,
27 “who try to make My people forget My name by their dreams which everyone tells his neighbor, aas their fathers forgot My name for Baal.

28 “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.
29 “Is not My word like a afire?” says the LORD, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?

30 “Therefore behold, aI am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who steal My words every one from his neighbor.
31 “Behold, I am aagainst the prophets,” says the LORD, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’
32 “Behold, I am against those who prophesy false dreams,” says the LORD, “and tell them, and cause My people to err by their alies and by btheir recklessness. Yet I did not send them or command them; therefore they shall not cprofit this people at all,” says the LORD.
33 “So when these people or the prophet or the priest ask you, saying, ‘What is athe 1oracle of the LORD?’ you shall then say to them, 2‘What oracle?’ I will even forsake you,” says the LORD.
34 “And as for the prophet and the priest and the people who say, ‘The 1oracle of the LORD!’ I will even punish that man and his house.
35 “Thus every one of you shall say to his neighbor, and every one to his brother, ‘What has the LORD answered?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’
36 “And the 1oracle of the LORD you shall mention no more. For every man’s word will be his oracle, for you have aperverted the words of the living God, the LORD of hosts, our God.
37 “Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the LORD answered you?’ and, ‘What has the LORD spoken?’
38 “But since you say, ‘The 1oracle of the LORD!’ therefore thus says the LORD: ‘Because you say this word, “The oracle of the LORD!” and I have sent to you, saying, “Do not say, ‘The oracle of the LORD!’ ”
39 ‘therefore behold, I, even I, awill utterly forget you and forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and will cast you out of My presence.
40 ‘And I will bring aan everlasting reproach upon you, and a per-

27 aJudg. 3:7
29 aJer. 5:14
30 aDeut.
18:20; Ps.
34:16; Jer.
14:14, 15;
Ezek. 13:8, 9
31 aEzek. 13:9
32 aJer. 20:6;
27:10; Lam.
2:14; 3:37
bZeph. 3:4
cJer. 7:8; Lam.
33 aIs. 13:1;
Nah. 1:1; Hab.
1:1; Zech. 9:1;
Mal. 1:1 1burden,
2LXX, Tg.,Vg.
‘You are the
34 1burden,
36 aDeut. 4:2
38 1burden,
39 aHos. 4:6
40 aJer. 20:11;
Ezek. 5:14, 15
bMic. 3:5–7
1 aAmos 7:1,
4; 8:1 b2 Kin.
2 Chr. 36:10
cJer. 22:24–28;
2 aIs. 5:4, 7;
Jer. 29:17
5 1regard
6 aJer. 12:15;
29:10; Ezek.
11:17 bJer.
32:41; 33:7;
7 a[Deut. 30:6;
Jer. 32:39;
Ezek. 11:19;
36:26, 27] bIs.
51:16; Jer.
30:22; 31:33;
32:38; Ezek.
14:11; Zech.
8:8; [Heb.
8:10] c1 Sam.
7:3; Ps. 119:2;
Jer. 29:13
8 aJer. 29:17
bJer. 39:9 cJer.
44:1, 26–30
9 aDeut. 28:25,
37; 1 Kin. 9:7;
2 Chr. 7:20;
Jer. 15:4;
29:18; 34:17
bPs. 44:13, 14
10 1destroyed
1 aJer. 36:1
b2 Kin. 24:1, 2;
2 Chr. 36:4–6;
Dan. 1:1, 2


petual bshame, which shall not be forgotten.’ ”

The Sign of Two Baskets of Figs


1 The aLORD showed me, and there were two baskets of figs set before the temple of the LORD, after Nebuchadnezzar bking of Babylon had carried away captive cJeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and the princes of Judah with the craftsmen and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.
2 One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten, they were so abad.
3 Then the LORD said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.”
4 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
5 “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: ‘Like these good figs, so will I 1acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans.
6 ‘For I will set My eyes on them for good, and aI will bring them back to this land; bI will build them and not pull them down, and I will plant them and not pluck them up.
7 ‘Then I will give them aa heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be bMy people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me cwith their whole heart.
8 ‘And as the bad afigs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad’— surely thus says the LORD—‘so will I give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, his princes, the bresidue of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and cthose who dwell in the land of Egypt.
9 ‘I will deliver them to atrouble into all the kingdoms of the earth, for their harm, bto be a reproach and a byword, a taunt and a curse, in all places where I shall drive them.
10 ‘And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they are 1consumed from the land that I gave to them and their fathers.’ ”

Seventy Years of Desolation


1 The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the people of Judah, ain the fourth year of bJehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon),
2 which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and

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to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying:
3 a“From the thirteenth year of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah, even to this day, this is the twentythird year in which the word of the LORD has come to me; and I have spoken to you, rising early and speaking, bbut you have not listened.
4 “And the LORD has sent to you all His servants the prophets, arising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear.
5 “They said, a‘Repent now everyone of his evil way and his evil doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers forever and ever.
6 ‘Do not go after other gods to serve them and worship them, and do not provoke Me to anger with the works of your hands; and I will not harm you.’
7 “Yet you have not listened to Me,” says the LORD, “that you might aprovoke Me to anger with the works of your hands to your own hurt.
8 “Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Because you have not heard My words,
9 ‘behold, I will send and take aall the families of the north,’ says the LORD, ‘and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, bMy servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and cmake them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations.
10 ‘Moreover I will 1take from them the avoice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, bthe sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp.
11 ‘And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy ayears.
12 ‘Then it will come to pass, awhen 1seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity,’ says the LORD; b‘and I will make it a perpetual desolation.
13 ‘So I will bring on that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied concerning all the nations.
14 a‘(For many nations band great kings shall cbe served by them also; dand I will repay them according to their deeds and according to the works of their own hands.)’ ”

Judgment on the Nations

15 For thus says the LORD God of Israel to me: “Take this awine cup of 1fury from My hand, and cause all

3 aJer. 1:2 bJer.
7:13; 11:7, 8,
4 aJer. 7:13, 25
5 aJer. 18:11
7 aDeut. 32:21
9 aJer. 1:15 bIs.
45:1 cJer.
10 aRev. 18:23
bEccl. 12:4
1Lit. cause to
perish from
11 aJer. 29:10
12 aEzra 1:1
bIs. 13:20
circa 605 B.C.
(2 Kin. 24:1)
and ending
circa 536 B.C.
(Ezra 1:1)
14 aJer. 50:9;
51:27, 28 bJer.
51:27 cJer.
27:7 dJer.
50:29; 51:6, 24
15 aRev. 14:10
16 aNah. 3:11
18 aJer. 25:9,
11 bJer. 24:9
20 aJob 1:1
bJer. 47:1–7
cIs. 20:1
21 aJer. 49:7
22 aJer. 47:4
bJer. 49:23
23 aJer. 49:7, 8
24 aEzek. 30:5
25 aJer. 49:34
bJer. 51:11, 28
26 aJer. 50:9
1A code word
for Babylon,
Jer. 51:41
27 aHab. 2:16
bIs. 63:6
29 aEzek. 9:6
bDan. 9:18
cEzek. 38:21
30 aAmos 1:2
bPs. 11:4
c1 Kin. 9:3
dIs. 16:9

the nations, to whom I send you, to drink it.
16 “And athey will drink and stagger and go mad because of the sword that I will send among them.”
17 Then I took the cup from the LORD’s hand, and made all the nations drink, to whom the LORD had sent me:
18 Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and its princes, to make them aa desolation, an astonishment, a hissing, and ba curse, as it is this day;
19 Pharaoh king of Egypt, his servants, his princes, and all his people;
20 all the mixed multitude, all the kings of athe land of Uz, all the kings of the land of the bPhilistines (namely, Ashkelon, Gaza, Ekron, and cthe remnant of Ashdod);
21 aEdom, Moab, and the people of Ammon;
22 all the kings of aTyre, all the kings of Sidon, and the kings of the coastlands which are across the bsea;
23 aDedan, Tema, Buz, and all who are in the farthest corners;
24 all the kings of Arabia and all the kings of the amixed multitude who dwell in the desert;
25 all the kings of Zimri, all the kings of aElam, and all the kings of the bMedes;
26 aall the kings of the north, far and near, one with another; and all the kingdoms of the world which are on the face of the earth. Also the king of 1Sheshach shall drink after them.
27 “Therefore you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: a“Drink, bbe drunk, and vomit! Fall and rise no more, because of the sword which I will send among you.” ’
28 “And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup from your hand to drink, then you shall say to them, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts: “You shall certainly drink!
29 “For behold, aI begin to bring calamity on the city bwhich is called by My name, and should you be utterly unpunished? You shall not be unpunished, for cI will call for a sword on all the inhabitants of the earth,” says the LORD of hosts.’
30 “Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them:

‘The LORD will aroar from on high, And utter His voice from bHis holy habitation; He will roar mightily against cHis fold. He will give da shout, as those who tread the grapes, Against all the inhabitants of the earth.

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31 A noise will come to the ends of the earth— For the LORD has aa controversy with the nations; bHe will plead His case with all flesh. He will give those who are wicked to the sword,’ says the LORD.”

32 Thus says the LORD of hosts:

“Behold, disaster shall go forth From nation to nation, And aa great whirlwind shall be raised up From the farthest parts of the earth.

33 a“And at that day the slain of the LORD shall be from one end of the earth even to the other end of the earth. They shall not be blamented, cor gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse on the ground.

34 “Wail,a shepherds, and cry! Roll about in the ashes, You leaders of the flock! For the days of your slaughter and your dispersions are fulfilled; You shall fall like a precious vessel.
35 And the shepherds will have no 1way to flee, Nor the leaders of the flock to escape.
36 A voice of the cry of the shepherds, And a wailing of the leaders to the flock will be heard. For the LORD has plundered their pasture,
37 And the peaceful dwellings are cut down Because of the fierce anger of the LORD.
38 He has left His lair like the lion; For their land is desolate Because of the fierceness of the Oppressor, And because of His fierce anger.”

31 aHos. 4:1;
Mic. 6:2 bIs.
66:16; Joel 3:2
32 aJer. 23:19;
33 aIs. 34:2, 3;
66:16 bJer.
16:4, 6; Ezek.
39:4, 17 cPs.
79:3; Jer. 8:2;
Rev. 11:9
34 aJer. 4:8;
6:26; Ezek.
35 1Or refuge

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The Perfect Revelation of the LORD

To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

1 THE aheavens declare the glory of God; And the bfirmament1 shows 2His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard.
4 aTheir 1line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world.

In them He has set a 2tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, aAnd rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

7 aThe law of the LORD is perfect, 1converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making bwise the simple;

PSALM 19 References

1 aIs. 40:22;
[Rom. 1:19,
20] bGen. 1:6,
7 1expanse of
heaven 2the
work of His
4 aRom. 10:18
1LXX, Syr.,
Vg. sound; Tg.
business 2tent
5 aEccl. 1:5
7 aPs. 111:7;
[Rom. 7:12] bPs. 119:130
10 aPs. 119:72,
127; Prov.
8:10, 11, 19
1honey in the
12 a[Ps. 51:1,
2] 13 aNum. 15:30
bPs. 119:133;
6:12–14] 1Or
14 aPs. 51:15
bPs. 31:5; Is.
47:4 1Lit. rock

8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes;
9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than agold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the 1honeycomb.
11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors? aCleanse me from secret faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from apresumptuous sins; Let them not have bdominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of 1great transgression.

14 aLet the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my 1strength and my bRedeemer.




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