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2 Therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are 1tending My people: “You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to aattend to you for the bevil of your deeds,” declares the Lord.
3 “Then I Myself will agather 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.
5 “Behold, the adays are coming,” declares the Lord,
And ddo justice and righteousness in the land.
And aIsrael will dwell securely;
And this is His bname by which He will be called,
‘The cLord our righteousness.’
7 “aTherefore 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 abut, ‘As the Lord lives, who bbrought 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.”
9 As for the prophets:
My aheart 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 aadulterers;
For the land bmourns because of the curse.
The cpastures of the wilderness have dried up.
Their course also is evil
And their might is not right.
11 “For aboth prophet and priest are polluted;
Even in My house I have found their wickedness,” declares the Lord.
12 “Therefore their way will be like aslippery paths to them,
They will be driven away into the bgloom and fall down in it;
For I will bring ccalamity upon them,
The year of their punishment,” declares the Lord.
13 “Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an aoffensive thing:
14 “Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a ahorrible thing:
The committing of badultery and walking in falsehood;
And they strengthen the hands of cevildoers,
So that no one has turned back from his wickedness.
All of them have become to Me like dSodom,
And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.
‘Behold, I am going to afeed them wormwood
And make them drink poisonous water,
For from the prophets of Jerusalem
Pollution has gone forth into all the land.’ ”
“aDo not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.
They are bleading you into futility;
Not dfrom the mouth of the Lord.
17 “They keep saying to those who adespise Me,
‘The Lord has said, “bYou will have peace” ’;
And as for everyone who walks in the cstubbornness of his own heart,
They say, ‘dCalamity will not come upon you.’
18 “But awho has stood in the council of the Lord,
That he should see and hear His word?
19 “Behold, the astorm of the Lord has gone forth in wrath,
Even a whirling tempest;
It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.
20 “The aanger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has bperformed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
cIn the last days you will clearly understand it.
21 “aI did not send these prophets,
But they ran.
I did not speak to them,
But they prophesied.
22 “But if they had astood in My council,
Then they would have bannounced 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 anear,” declares the Lord,
“And not a God far off?
24 “Can a man ahide himself in hiding places
So I do not see him?” declares the Lord.
“bDo I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.
26 “How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the adeception of their own heart,
30 “Therefore behold, aI am against the prophets,” declares the Lord, “who steal My words from each other.
32 “Behold, I am against those who have prophesied afalse dreams,” declares the Lord, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and breckless boasting; yet cI did not send them or command them, nor do they dfurnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the Lord.
34 “Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, ‘The aoracle 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, ‘aWhat has the Lord answered?’ or, ‘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, aI 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 areproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.”
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