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The Prophets of The Exile
(Category 10 of 16)
Woe to Foolish Prophets
1 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2 “Son of man, prophesy aagainst the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to bthose who prophesy out of their own cheart,1 ‘Hear the word of the LORD!’ ”
3 Thus says the Lord GOD: “Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit and have seen 1nothing!
4 “O Israel, your prophets are alike foxes in the deserts.
5 “You ahave not gone up into the 1gaps to build a wall for the house of Israel to stand in battle on the day of the LORD.
6 a“They have envisioned futility and false divination, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD!’ But the LORD has bnot sent them; yet they hope that the word may 1be confirmed.
7 “Have you not seen a futile vision, and have you not spoken false divination? You say, ‘The LORD says,’ but I have not spoken.”
8 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have spoken nonsense and envisioned lies, therefore I am indeed against you,” says the Lord GOD.
9 “My hand will be aagainst the prophets who envision futility and who bdivine lies; they shall not be in the assembly of My people, cnor be written in the record of the house of Israel, dnor shall they enter into the land of Israel. eThen you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
10 “Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, a‘Peace!’ when there is no peace— and one builds a wall, and they bplaster1 it with untempered mortar—
11 “say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. aThere will be flooding rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall tear it down.
12 “Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you,
CHAPTER 13 References
3 1No vision
4 aSong 2:15
5 aPs. 106:23
6 aEzek. 22:28
9 aJer. 23:30
cEzra 2:59, 62
10 aJer. 6:14;
14 aEzek. 13:9,
21, 23; 14:8
16 aJer. 6:14;
18 a[2 Pet.
over all the
joints of My
Tg. on all
elbows of the
19 aMic. 3:5
20 1Lit. flying
21 aEzek. 13:9
22 aJer. 28:15
23 aMic. 3:5, 6
CHAPTER 14 References
1 aEzek. 8:1;
‘Where is the mortar with which you plastered it?’ ”
13 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume it.
14 “So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. aThen you shall know that I am the LORD.
15 “Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with untempered mortar; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it,
16 ‘that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who asee visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ ” says the Lord GOD.
17 “Likewise, son of man, aset your face against the daughters of your people, bwho prophesy out of their own 1heart; prophesy against them,
18 “and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Woe to the women who sew magic charms 1on their sleeves and make veils for the heads of people of every height to hunt souls! Will you ahunt the souls of My people, and keep yourselves alive?
19 “And will you profane Me among My people afor handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, killing people who should not die, and keeping people alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?”
20 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Behold, I am against your magic charms by which you hunt souls there like 1birds. I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go, the souls you hunt like birds.
21 “I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people out of your hand, and they shall no longer be as prey in your hand. aThen you shall know that I am the LORD.
22 “Because with alies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have bstrengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from his wicked way to save his life.
23 “Therefore ayou shall no longer envision futility nor practice divination; for I will deliver My people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am the LORD.” ’ ”
Idolatry Will Be Punished
1 Now asome of the elders of Israel came to me and sat before me.
2 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
3 “Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their hearts, and put before them athat which causes them to stumble into iniquity. bShould I let Myself be inquired of at all by them?
4 “Therefore speak to them, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Everyone of the house of Israel who sets up his idols in his heart, and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, and then comes to the prophet, I the LORD will answer him who comes, according to the multitude of his idols,
5 “that I may seize the house of Israel by their heart, because they are all estranged from Me by their idols.” ’
6 “Therefore say to the house of Israel, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Repent, turn away from your idols, and aturn your faces away from all your abominations.
7 “For anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell in Israel, who separates himself from Me and sets up his idols in his heart and puts before him what causes him to stumble into iniquity, then comes to a prophet to inquire of him concerning Me, I the LORD will answer him by Myself.
8 a“I will set My face against that man and make him a bsign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of My people. cThen you shall know that I am the LORD.
9 “And if the prophet is induced to speak anything, I the LORD ahave induced that prophet, and I will stretch out My hand against him and destroy him from among My people Israel.
10 “And they shall bear their iniquity; the punishment of the prophet shall be the same as the punishment of the one who inquired,
11 “that the house of Israel may ano longer stray from Me, nor be profaned anymore with all their transgressions, bbut that they may be My people and I may be their God,” says the Lord GOD.’ ”
Judgment on Persistent Unfaithfulness
12 The word of the LORD came again to me, saying:
13 “Son of man, when a land sins against Me by persistent unfaithfulness, I will stretch out My hand against it; I will cut off its asupply of bread, send famine on it, and cut off man and beast from it.
14 a“Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves bby their righteousness,” says the Lord GOD.
15 “If I cause awild beasts to pass through the land, and they 1empty
3 aEzek. 7:19;
b2 Kin. 3:13;
Is. 1:15; Jer.
6 a1 Sam. 7:3;
Neh. 1:9; Is.
55:6, 7; Ezek.
8 aLev. 17:10;
20:3, 5, 6; Jer.
9 a1 Kin.
12:16; Is. 66:4;
2 Thess. 2:11
11 aPs. 119:67,
71; Jer. 31:18,
12:11]; 2 Pet.
13 aLev. 26:26;
2 Kin. 25:3; Is.
3:1; Jer. 52:6;
14 aJer. 15:1
b[Prov. 11:4] 15 aLev. 26:22;
14:21 1Lit. bereave
14:14, 18, 20
33:28, 29 1Lit.
in the midst
17 aLev. 26:25;
21:3, 4; 29:8;
19 a2 Sam.
21 aEzek. 5:17;
6:8 1Lit. evil
22 a2 Kin.
23 aJer. 22:8, 9
CHAPTER 15 References
4 a[John 15:6]
it, and make it so desolate that no man may pass through because of the beasts,
16 “even athough these three men were 1in it, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters; only they would be delivered, and the land would be bdesolate.
17 “Or if aI bring a sword on that land, and say, ‘Sword, go through the land,’ and I bcut off man and beast from it,
18 “even athough these three men were in it, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “they would deliver neither sons nor daughters, but only they themselves would be delivered.
19 “Or if I send aa pestilence into that land and bpour out My fury on it in blood, and cut off from it man and beast,
20 “even athough Noah, Daniel, and Job were in it, as I live,” says the Lord GOD, “they would deliver neither son nor daughter; they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness.”
21 For thus says the Lord GOD: “How much more it shall be when aI send My four 1severe judgments on Jerusalem—the sword and famine and wild beasts and pestilence—to cut off man and beast from it?
22 a“Yet behold, there shall be left in it a remnant who will be bbrought out, both sons and daughters; surely they will come out to you, and cyou will see their ways and their doings. Then you will be comforted concerning the disaster that I have brought upon Jerusalem, all that I have brought upon it.
23 “And they will comfort you, when you see their ways and their doings; and you shall know that I have done nothing awithout cause that I have done in it,” says the Lord GOD.
The Outcast Vine
1 Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
2 “Son of man, how is the wood of the vine better than any other wood, the vine branch which is among the trees of the forest?
3 “Is wood taken from it to make any object? Or can men make a peg from it to hang any vessel on?
4 “Instead, ait is thrown into the fire for fuel; the fire devours both ends of it, and its middle is burned. Is it useful for any work?
5 “Indeed, when it was whole, no object could be made from it. How much less will it be useful for any work when the fire has devoured it, and it is burned?
6 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Like the wood of the vine among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I
will give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
7 ‘and aI will set My face against them. bThey will go out from one fire, but another fire shall devour them. cThen you shall know that I am the LORD, when I set My face against them.
8 ‘Thus I will make the land desolate, because they have persisted in unfaithfulness,’ says the Lord GOD.”
7 aEzek. 14:8
The Happiness of Those Who Trust in God
A Psalm of David awhen he pretended madness before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he departed.
1 I WILL abless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.
4 I asought the LORD, and He heard me, And delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved him out of all his troubles.
7 aThe 1angel of the LORD bencamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them.
8 Oh, ataste and see that the LORD is good; bBlessed is the man who trusts in Him!
9 Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no 1want to those who fear Him.
10 The young lions lack and suffer hunger; aBut those who seek the LORD shall not lack any good thing.
PSALM 34 References
title a1 Sam.
1 a[Eph. 5:20;
1 Thess. 5:18] 4 a[2 Chr. 15:2;
Ps. 9:10; Matt.
11:9] 7 a[Ps. 91:11];
b2 Kin. 6:17
8 aPs. 119:103;
1 Pet. 2:3 bPs.
10 a[Ps. 84:11] 11 aPs. 32:8
12 a[1 Pet.
3:10–12] 13 a[Eph. 4:25] 14 aPs. 37:27;
Is. 1:16, 17
Heb. 12:14] 15 aJob 36:7;
[Ps. 33:18] 16 aLev. 17:10;
17 aPs. 34:6;
19 aProv. 24:16
bPs. 34:4, 6, 17
20 aJohn 19:33,
21 aPs. 94:23;
22 a1 Kin. 1:29
12 aWho is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep your tongue from evil, And your lips from speaking adeceit.
14 aDepart from evil and do good; bSeek peace and pursue it.
15 aThe eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their cry.
16 aThe face of the LORD is against those who do evil, bTo 1cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry out, and athe LORD hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.
18 aThe LORD is near bto those who have a broken heart, And saves such as 1have a contrite spirit.
19 aMany are the afflictions of the righteous, bBut the LORD delivers him out of them all.
20 He guards all his bones; aNot one of them is broken.
21 aEvil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be 1condemned.
22 The LORD aredeems the soul of His servants, And none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.
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