Jeremiah 23


Two Kinds of Shepherds

O the shepherds, the ones scattering and destroying the sheep of my pasture. On account of this, thus says the  lord, the God of Israel, against the shepherds, the ones tending my people; You scattered my sheep, and pushed them out, and did not visit them. Behold, I shall take vengeance upon you, against [2wicked 3practices 1your]. And I will take in the ones remaining of my people upon all the earth of which place I pushed them there; and I shall place them into their pasture, and they shall grow and be multiplied. And I shall raise up to them shepherds tending them, and they shall not be fearful any more, nor shall they be terrified, nor shall they be seeking after, says the  lord. Behold, days come, says the  lord, and I will raise up to David [2dawn 1a just]; and [2shall reign 1a king], and shall perceive, and shall execute equity and righteousness upon the earth. In his days Judah shall be delivered, and Israel shall encamp complying. And this is his name, which [2shall call 3him 1the  lord] -- Josedek. On account of this, behold, days come, says the  lord, and they will not say any longer, As the  lord lives, who led the house of Israel from out of the land of Egypt. But as the  lord lives, who led up and gathered all together the seed of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the places of which they were pushed there; and he restored them unto their land. In the prophets [2was broken 1my heart]; in me [3were shaken 1all 2my bones]; I became as a man being broken, and as a man constrained by wine, from the countenance of the  lord, and from the countenance of the beauty of his glory. 10 For [4of adulterers 3is full 1the 2land]. For from the countenance of these things [3mourned 1the 2land]; [5were dried up 1the 2pastures 3of the 4wilderness]; and [2became 1their race] wicked, and their strength not thus.

The Wicked Priests and Prophets

11 For priest and prophet were tainted; and in my house I saw their wickedness, says the  lord. 12 On account of this let [2become 1their way] to them for a slip in dimness! And they shall be tripped up and shall fall in it. Because I shall bring upon them bad things in the year of their visitation, says the  lord. 13 And among the prophets of Samaria I beheld violations of the laws; they prophesied by Baal, and they misled my people Israel. 14 And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen causes for shuddering -- committing adultery and going by lies, and taking hold of hands of wicked ones [2to not 3be turned 1for each] from [3way 1his 2wicked]. They [2became 3to me 1all] as Sodom, and the ones dwelling in it as Gomorrah. 15 On account of this, thus says the  lord of the forces to the prophets; Behold, I will feed them grief, and I shall give them to drink [2water 1bitter]; for from the prophets of Jerusalem [2came forth 1contamination] to all the land. 16 Thus says the  lord the almighty, Do not hearken to the words of the prophets! of the ones prophesying to you. For they frame in folly [2for themselves 1a vision]. From their heart they speak, and not from the mouth of the  lord. 17 They say to the ones thrusting away the word of the  lord, Peace will be to you; and to all the ones going by their wants, and to all going in a delusion of his heart, [2shall not come 3upon 4you 1Evils]. 18 For who stood in the garrison of the  lord, and beheld and heard his word? Who gave ear and heard? 19 Behold, a quaking by the  lord, and anger shall go forth in a rumbling. [2contracting 3upon 4the 5impious 1It shall come]. 20 And [4shall not turn away 1the 2rage 3of the  lord] until whenever he should execute it, and until whenever he should establish it according to the enterprise of his heart. At the latter end of the days they shall comprehend them. 21 I did not send the false prophets, yet they ran. I did not speak to them, and they prophesied. 22 And if they stood with my support, and they hearkened to my words, then my people would have turned from [2wicked 3practices 1their]. 23 [3a God 4being near 1I 2am], says the  lord, and not a God at a distance. 24 Shall any be hid in secret, and I not see him, says the  lord, no. Is it not that [3the 4heaven 5and 6the 7earth 1I 2shall fill], says the  lord? 25 I heard what [3speak 1the 2prophets] who prophesy [2by 3my name 1lies], saying, I dreamed a dream. 26 For how long shall it be in the heart of the prophets prophesying lies, and in their prophesying the wants of their heart? 27 The ones devising ways to forget my name by their dreams, which [2was described 1each] to his neighbor; as [2forgot 1their fathers] my name in service to Baal. 28 The prophet by which the dream is, let him describe his dream! and the one by which my word is truly with him, let him describe my word in truth! What is the straw to the grain? Thus are my words, says the  lord. 29 Are not my words as fire blazing, says the  lord? and as a hewing axe beating the rock? 30 Behold, I am against the prophets, says the  lord God, the ones stealing my words each from his neighbor. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets, says the  lord, the ones casting out prophecies of the tongue, and slumbering of their own slumber. 32 Behold, I am against the prophets prophesying [2dreams 1false], and of whom described them, and misled my people by their lies, and in their delusions; and I [3not 1sent 2them], and I did not give charge to them, and [3a benefit 2not 1they derived] for this people, says the  lord.

The Concern of The LORD

33 And if [2should ask 3you 1this people], or priest, or prophet, saying, What is the concern of the  lord? then you shall say to them, You are the concern, and I will dash you down, says the  lord, 34 and the prophet, and the priest, and the people, the ones who should say, The concern of the  lord; even I will punish that man, and his house. 35 Thus you shall say each to his neighbor, and each to his brother, What did the  lord answer? And what did the  lord speak? 36 And the concern of the  lord name not again! for the concern to the man will be his word. And you distorted the words of the living God. 37 Thus you shall say to the prophet, What spoke the  lord our God? 38 On account of this, thus says the  lord, Because you said this word, The concern of the  lord, that I sent to you, saying, You shall not say, The concern of the  lord. 39 On account of this, behold, I will take and dash you down, and the city which I have given to you and to your fathers. 40 And I shall put upon you [2scorn 1eternal] and [2dishonor 1eternal], which shall not be forgotten.
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