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FALSE PROPHETS

MICAH III:5-7-B. C. 710

12 Wherefore their way shall be

unto them as slippery ways in the 59 Thus saith the LORD con- darkness: they shall be driven on, cerning the prophets that make and fall therein: for I will bring my people err, that bite with their evil upon them, even the year of teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that their visitation, saith the Lord. putteth not into their mouths, they

13 And I have seen folly in the even prepare war against him.

prophets of Samaria; they proph6 Therefore night shall be unto esied in Baal, and caused my peoyou, that ye shall not have a vis- ple Israel to err. ion; and it shall be dark unto you, 14 I have seen also in the prophthat ye shall not divine; and the ets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: sun shall go down over the proph- they commit adultery, and walk in ets, and the day shall be dark over lies: they strengthen also the them.

hands of evildoers, that none doth 7 Then all the 'seers be retur from his wickedness: they ashamed, and the diviners con- are all of them unto me as Sodom, founded; yea, they shall all cover and the inhabitants thereof as Gotheir lips; for there is no answer morrah. of God.

15 Therefore thus saith the LORD

of hosts concerning the prophets; JER. XXIII:9-32–B. C. 599

Behold, I will feed them with 9 Mine heart within me is wormwood, and make them drink

| broken because of the prophets; all the water of gall: for from the

prophets of Jerusalem is profanemy bones shake; I am like a

ness gone forth into all the land. drunken man, and like a man

16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, whom wine hath overcome,

be

Hearken not unto the words of the cause of the Lord, and because prophets that prophesy unto you: of the words of his holiness.

they make you vain: they speak 10 For the land is full of adult- a vision of their own heart, and erers; for because of swearing the not out of the mouth of the LORD. land mourneth; the pleasant

17 They say still unto them that places of the wilderness are dried despise me, The Lord hath said. up, and their course is evil, and Ye shall have peace; and they their force is not right.

say unto every one that walketh

after the imagination of his own 11 For both prophet and priest heart, No evil shall come upon are profane; yea, in my house you. . have found their wickedness, 18 For who hath stood in the saith the LORD.

counsel of the Lord, and hath perceived and heard his word? who 26 How long shall this be in the hath marked his word, and heard heart of the prophets that prophit?

esy lies? yea, they are prophets 19 Behold, a whirlwind of the of the deceit of their own heart; Lord is gone forth in fury, even

27 Which think to cause my a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall people to forget my name by their grievously upon the head of the dreams which they tell every man wicked.

to his neighbour, as their fathers * 20 The anger of the Lord shall have forgotten my name for Baal. not return, until he have executed, 28 The prophet that hath a and till he have performed the dream, let him tell a dream; and thoughts of his heart: in the lat- he that hath my word, let him ter days ye shall consider it per-speak my word faithfully. What fectly.

is the chaff to the wheat? saith : 211 have not sent these proph- the LORD. ets, yet they ran: I have not spok- 29 Is not my word like as a fire? en to them, yet they prophesied. saith the LORD, and like a hammer 22 But if they had stood in my

that breaketh the rock in pieces? counsel, and had caused, my peo- against the prophets, saith the

30 Therefore, behold, i am ple to hear my words, then they should have turned them from LORD, that steal my words every their evil way, and from the evil one from his neighbour. of their doings.

31 Behold, I am against the *.23 Am I a God at hand, saith prophets, saith the Lord, that use

their tongues, and say, He saith the Lord, and not a God afar off?

32 Behold, I am against them : 24 Can any hide himself in se- that prophesy false dreams, saith cret places that I shall not see the Lord, and do tell them, and him?" saith the Lord. Do not I fill cause my people to err by their heaven and earth? saith the LORD. lies, and by their lightness; yet !

25. I have heard what the proph- sent them not, nor commanded ets said, that prophesy lies in my them: therefore they shall not name, saying, I have dreamed, I profit this people at all, saith the have dreamed.

LORD. *Jer. 23:20—“The anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the intents of his heart, in the latter days ye shall understand it perfectly.” R. V. Jer. 30:24—“The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart, in the latter days ye shall understand it.” R. V.

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EZEK. XIII:1-9—B. C. 594 them: and they have made others

to hope that they would confirm 1 And the word of the LORD the word. came unto me, saying,

7 Have ye not seen a vain vis2 Son of man, prophesy against ion, and have ye not spoken a lythe prophets of Israel that proph-ing divination, whereas ye say, esy, and say thou unto them that The Lord saith it; albeit I have prophesy out of their own hearts, not spoken? Hear ye the word of the LORD:

8 Therefore thus saith the Lord 3 Thus saith the Lord God; GOD; Because ye have spoken vanWoe unto the foolish prophets, ity, and seen lies, therefore bethat follow their own spirit, and hold, I am against you, saith the have seen nothing!

Lord GOD. 40 Israel, thy prophets are like 9 And mine hand shall be upon the foxes in the deserts.

the prophets that see vanity, and 5 Ye have not gone up into the that divine lies: they shall not be gaps, neither made up the hedge in the assembly of my people, for the house of Israel to stand in neither shall they be written in the the battle in the day of the LORD. writing of the house of Israel,

6 They have seen vanity and ly- neither shall they enter into the ing divination, saying, The LORD land of Israel; and ye shall know saith: and the Lord hath not sent that I am the Lord God.

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