b[See ver. 1 above]
bc[See ver. 23 above]
bh[See ver. 25 above]
bm[See ver. 28 above]
bu[See ver. 33 above]
bx[See ver. 33 above]

Jeremiah 23

The Righteous Branch

1 a  Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the  Lord. 2Therefore thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel, concerning b  the shepherds who care for my people: “You have scattered my flock and have driven them away, and you have not attended to them. c  Behold, I will attend to you for your evil deeds, declares the  Lord. 3 d  Then I will gather the remnant of my flock e  out of all the countries where I have driven them, and I will bring them back to their fold f  and they shall be fruitful and multiply. 4 g  I will set shepherds over them who will care for them, and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be missing, declares the  Lord.

5 h  Behold, the days are coming, declares the  Lord, when I will raise up for David a righteous i  Branch, and j  he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6In his days Judah will be saved, and k  Israel will l  dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: m  ‘The  Lord is our righteousness.’

7 n  Therefore, behold, the days are coming, declares the  Lord, when they shall no longer say, ‘As the  Lord lives who brought up the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt,’ 8but ‘As the  Lord lives who brought up and led the offspring of the house of Israel out of the north country and out of all the countries where he
Septuagint; Hebrew I
had driven them.’ Then they shall dwell in their own land.”

Lying Prophets

9Concerning the prophets:

p  My heart is broken within me;
q  all my bones shake;
I am like a drunken man,
like a man overcome by wine,
because of the  Lord
and because of his holy words.
10 r  For the land is full of adulterers;
s  because of the curse t  the land mourns,
and u  the pastures of the wilderness are dried up.
v  Their course is evil,
and their might is not right.
11 w  Both prophet and priest are ungodly;
even x  in my house I have found their evil,

declares the  Lord.
12 y  Therefore their way shall be to them
like slippery paths z  in the darkness,
into which they shall be driven and fall,
for I will bring disaster upon them
aa  in the year of their punishment,

declares the  Lord.
13In the prophets of ab  Samaria
ac  I saw an unsavory thing:
ad  they prophesied by Baal
ae  and led my people Israel astray.
14But in the prophets of Jerusalem
I have seen a horrible thing:
af  they commit adultery and walk in lies;
ag  they strengthen the hands of evildoers,
so that no one turns from his evil;
ah  all of them have become like Sodom to me,
ai  and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.”
15Therefore thus says the  Lord of hosts concerning the prophets:
aj  Behold, I will feed them with bitter food
ak  and give them al  poisoned water to drink,
for from the prophets of Jerusalem
ungodliness has gone out into all the land.”

16Thus says the  Lord of hosts: “Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you, am  filling you with vain hopes. an  They speak visions of their own minds, not from the mouth of the  Lord. 17They say continually to those who despise the word of the  Lord, ao  ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who ap  stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, aq  No disaster shall come upon you.’”

18 For ar  who among them has stood in the council of the  Lord
to see and to hear his word,
or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
19 as  Behold, the storm of the  Lord!
Wrath has gone forth,
at  a whirling tempest;
it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
20 au  The anger of the  Lord will not turn back
until he has executed and av  accomplished
the intents of his heart.
aw  In the latter days you will understand it clearly.
21 ax  “I did not send the prophets,
yet they ran;
I did not speak to them,
yet they prophesied.
22 ay  But if they had stood in my council,
then they would have proclaimed my words to my people,
az  and they would have turned them from their evil way,
and ba  from the evil of their deeds.

23 bb  “Am I a God at hand, declares the  Lord, and not a God far away? 24 bc  Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the  Lord. bd  Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the  Lord. 25I have heard what the prophets have said be  who prophesy lies in my name, saying, bf  ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’ 26How long shall there be lies in the heart of bg  the prophets who prophesy lies, and who prophesy the deceit of their own heart, 27who think to make my people forget my name bh  by their dreams that they tell one another, even as their bi  fathers forgot my name for Baal? 28 bj  Let the prophet who has a dream bk  tell the dream, but let him who has my word speak my word faithfully. bl  What has straw in common with wheat? declares the  Lord. 29 bm  Is not my word like fire, declares the  Lord, and bn  like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? 30 bo  Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, declares the  Lord, who steal my words from one another. 31Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the  Lord, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the  Lord.’ 32Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the  Lord, and who tell them and bp  lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when bq  I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the  Lord.

33 br  When one of this people, or a prophet or a priest asks you, ‘What is the burden of the  Lord?’ you shall say to them, ‘You are the burden
Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew What burden?
and bt  I will cast you off, declares the  Lord.’
34And as for the prophet, priest, or one of the people who says, ‘The burden of the  Lord,’ bu  I will punish that man and his household. 35Thus shall you say, every one to his neighbor and every one to his brother, ‘What has the  Lord answered?’ or ‘What has the  Lord spoken?’ 36But ‘the burden of the  Lord’ you shall mention no more, for the burden is every man’s own word, and bv  you pervert the words of bw  the living God, the  Lord of hosts, our God. 37Thus you shall say to the prophet, ‘What has the  Lord answered you?’ or ‘What has the  Lord spoken?’ 38But if you say, ‘The burden of the  Lord,’ thus says the  Lord, ‘Because you have said these words, “The burden of the  Lord,” when I sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The burden of the  Lord,’” 39therefore, behold, I will surely lift you up and bx  cast you away from my presence, you and the city that I gave to you and your fathers. 40 by  And I will bring upon you everlasting reproach and bz  perpetual shame, which shall not be forgotten.’”

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