The Coming Messiah: the Righteous Branch1 a “Woe to the shepherds who are b destroying and scattering the c sheep of My pasture!” declares the Lord. 2 Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are ▼
▼ Lit shepherdingtending 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. 3 “Then 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. 4 “I will also raise up h shepherds over them and they will ▼
▼ Or shepherdtend them; and they will j not be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, k nor will any be missing,” declares the Lord. 5 “Behold, the l days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When I will raise up for David a righteous ▼
▼ Lit Sprout, n Branch;
And He will o reign as king and ▼
▼ Or succeedact wisely
And q do justice and righteousness in the land.
6 “In 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 Denounced9 As 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.
10 For 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.
12 “Therefore 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.
13 “Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an af offensive thing:
They ag prophesied by Baal and ah led My people Israel astray.
14 “Also 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.
15 “Therefore 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.’”
16 Thus 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 ▼
▼ Lit heartimagination,
Not ar from the mouth of the Lord.
17 “They 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 ▼
▼ Another reading is MyHis word and listened?
19 “Behold, 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.
22 “But 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.
23 “Am I a God who is bg near,” declares the Lord,
“And not a God far off?
24 “Can 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!’ 26 “How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the bm deception of their own heart, 27 who 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? 28 “The 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. 29 “Is not My word like br fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a bs hammer which shatters a rock? 30 “Therefore behold, bt I am against the prophets,” declares the Lord, “who steal My words from each other. 31 “Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the Lord, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ 32 “Behold, 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. 33 “Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, ‘What is the ▼
▼ Or burden, and so throughout the ch, bz oracle of the Lord?’ then you shall say to them, ‘What ▼
▼ Or burden, and so throughout the choracle?’ The Lord declares, ‘I will cb abandon you.’ 34 “Then 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. 35 “Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, ‘ cd What has the Lord answered?’ or, ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 36 “For 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. 37 “Thus you will say to that prophet, ‘What has the Lord answered you?’ and, ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 38 “For 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!’”’ 39 “Therefore 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. 40 “I will put an everlasting ch reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.”
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