Jeremiah 23

The Coming Messiah: the Righteous Branch

1 a  Woe to the shepherds who are b  destroying and scattering the c  sheep of My pasture!” declares the  Lord. 2Therefore thus says the  Lord God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are
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tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to e  attend to you for the f  evil of your deeds,” declares the  Lord.
3Then I Myself will g  gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries where I have driven them and bring them back to their pasture, and they will be fruitful and multiply. 4I will also raise up h  shepherds over them and they will
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tend them; and they will j  not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, k  nor will any be missing,” declares the  Lord.
5Behold, the l  days are coming,” declares the  Lord,
When I will raise up for David a righteous
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n  Branch;
And He will o  reign as king and
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act wisely
And q  do justice and righteousness in the land.
6In His days Judah will be saved,
And r  Israel will dwell securely;
And this is His s  name by which He will be called,
‘The t   Lord our righteousness.’

7 u  Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the  Lord, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the  Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ 8 v  but, ‘As the  Lord lives, who w  brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil.”

False Prophets Denounced

9As for the prophets:
My x  heart is broken within me,
All my bones tremble;
I have become like a drunken man,
Even like a man overcome with wine,
Because of the  Lord
And because of His holy words.
10For the land is full of y  adulterers;
For the land z  mourns because of the curse.
The aa  pastures of the wilderness have dried up.
Their course also is evil
And their might is not right.
11“For ab  both prophet and priest are polluted;
Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the  Lord.
12Therefore their way will be like ac  slippery paths to them,
They will be driven away into the ad  gloom and fall down in it;
For I will bring ae  calamity upon them,
The year of their punishment,” declares the  Lord.

13Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an af  offensive thing:
They ag  prophesied by Baal and ah  led My people Israel astray.
14Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a ai  horrible thing:
The committing of aj  adultery and walking in falsehood;
And they strengthen the hands of ak  evildoers,
So that no one has turned back from his wickedness.
All of them have become to Me like al  Sodom,
And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

15Therefore thus says the  Lord of hosts concerning the prophets, Behold, I am going to am  feed them wormwood
And make them drink poisonous water,
For from the prophets of Jerusalem
Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’”

16Thus says the  Lord of hosts,
an  Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.
They are ao  leading you into futility;
They speak a ap  vision of their own
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imagination,
Not ar  from the mouth of the  Lord.
17They keep saying to those who as  despise Me,
‘The  Lord has said at  You will have peace”’;
And as for everyone who walks in the au  stubbornness of his own heart,
They say, ‘ av  Calamity will not come upon you.’
18“But aw  who has stood in the council of the  Lord,
That he should see and hear His word?
Who has given ax  heed to
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His word and listened?
19Behold, the az  storm of the  Lord has gone forth in wrath,
Even a whirling tempest;
It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.
20“The ba  anger of the  Lord will not turn back
Until He has bb  performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
bc  In the last days you will clearly understand it.
21 bd  I did not send these prophets,
But they ran.
I did not speak to them,
But they prophesied.
22But if they had be  stood in My council,
Then they would have bf  announced My words to My people,
And would have turned them back from their evil way
And from the evil of their deeds.

23Am I a God who is bg  near,” declares the  Lord,
And not a God far off?
24Can a man bh  hide himself in hiding places
So I do not see him?” declares the  Lord.
bi  Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the  Lord.

25“I have bj  heard what the prophets have said who bk  prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a bl  dream, I had a dream!’ 26How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the bm  deception of their own heart, 27who intend to bn  make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers bo  forgot My name because of Baal? 28The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has bp  My word speak My word in truth. bq  What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the  Lord. 29Is not My word like br  fire?” declares the  Lord, “and like a bs  hammer which shatters a rock? 30Therefore behold, bt  I am against the prophets,” declares the  Lord, “who steal My words from each other. 31Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the  Lord, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ 32Behold, I am against those who have prophesied bu  false dreams,” declares the  Lord, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and bv  reckless boasting; yet bw  I did not send them or command them, nor do they bx  furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the  Lord.

33Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, ‘What is the
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bz  oracle of the  Lord?’ then you shall say to them, ‘What
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oracle?’ The  Lord declares, ‘I will cb  abandon you.’
34Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, ‘The cc  oracle of the  Lord,’ I will bring punishment upon that man and his household. 35Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, ‘ cd  What has the  Lord answered?’ or, ‘What has the  Lord spoken?’ 36For you will no longer remember the oracle of the  Lord, because every man’s own word will become the oracle, and you have ce  perverted the words of the cf  living God, the  Lord of hosts, our God. 37Thus you will say to that prophet, ‘What has the  Lord answered you?’ and, ‘What has the  Lord spoken?’ 38For if you say, ‘The oracle of the  Lord!’ surely thus says the  Lord, ‘Because you said this word, “The oracle of the  Lord!” I have also sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The oracle of the  Lord!’”’ 39Therefore behold, cg  I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers. 40I will put an everlasting ch  reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.”
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