Ezekiel 13

False Prophets Condemned

Then the word of the  Lord came to me saying, Son of man, prophesy against the a prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own
Lit heart
inspiration, ‘ c Listen to the word of the  Lord!
Thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God, “Woe to the e foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have f seen nothing.
O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins. “You have not g gone up into the h breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the i day of the  Lord. They see
Lit vanity
k falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The  Lord declares,’ when the  Lord has not sent them; l yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word.
m Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, ‘The  Lord declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?”’”

Therefore, thus says the Lord  God, “Because you have spoken
Lit vanity
falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold o I am against you,” declares the Lord  God.
So My hand will be against the p prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will
Lit not be in
have no place in the council of My people, r nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel,
Or and you will know
that you may know that I am the Lord  God.
10 It is definitely because they have t misled My people by saying, ‘ u Peace!’ when there is v no peace. And when anyone builds a wall, behold, they plaster it over with whitewash; 11 so tell those who plaster it over with whitewash, that it will fall. A w flooding rain will come, and you, O hailstones, will fall; and a violent wind will break out. 12 Behold, when the wall has fallen, will you not be asked, ‘Where is the plaster with which you plastered it?’” 13 Therefore, thus says the Lord  God, “I will make a violent wind break out in My wrath. There will also be in My anger a flooding rain and x hailstones to consume it in wrath. 14 So I will tear down the wall which you plastered over with whitewash and bring it down to the ground, so that its y foundation is laid bare; and when it falls, you will be z consumed in its midst. And you will aa know that I am the  Lord. 15 Thus I will spend My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it over with whitewash; and I will say to you, ‘The wall
Lit is not...are not
is gone and its plasterers are gone,
16 along with the prophets of Israel who prophesy to Jerusalem, and who ac see visions of peace for her when there is ad no peace,’ declares the Lord  God.

17 Now you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who are ae prophesying af from their own
Lit heart
inspiration. Prophesy against them
18 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord  God, “Woe to the women who sew magic bands on
Lit all joints of the hand; M.T. reads of my hands
all wrists and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature to ai hunt down
Or souls
lives! Will you hunt down the
Or souls
lives of My people, but preserve the
Or souls
lives of others for yourselves?
19  am For handfuls of barley and fragments of bread, you have profaned Me to My people to put to death
Or souls
some who should not die and to ao keep
Or souls
others 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 bands by which you hunt
Lit souls
lives there as
Or flying ones
birds and I will tear them from your arms; and I will let
Lit souls
them go, even those
Lit souls
lives whom you hunt as
Or flying ones
21 I will also tear off your veils and av deliver My people from your hands, and they will no longer be in your hands to be hunted; and you will know that I am the  Lord. 22 Because you aw disheartened the righteous with falsehood when I did not cause him grief, but have
Lit strengthen the hands of
ay encouraged the wicked not to az turn from his wicked way and preserve his life,
23 therefore, you women will no longer see
Lit vanity
bb false visions or practice divination, and I will bc deliver My people out of your hand. Thus you will bd know that I am the  Lord.”
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