1The word of Yahweh came to me, saying,
2Son of man, prophesy
against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say you to those who
prophesy out of their own heart, Hear you the word of Yahweh:
says the Lord Yahweh, Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own
spirit, and have seen nothing!
4Israel, your prophets have been like
foxes in the waste places.
5You have not gone up into the gaps,
neither built up the wall for the house of Israel, to stand in the battle in
the day of Yahweh.
6They have seen falsehood and lying divination, who
say, Yahweh says; but Yahweh has not sent them: and they have made men to
hope that the word would be confirmed.
7Haven’t you seen a false
vision, and haven’t you spoken a lying divination, in that you say,
Yahweh says; but I have not spoken?
8Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh:
Because you have spoken falsehood, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I
am against you, says the Lord Yahweh.
9My hand shall be against the
prophets who see false visions, and who divine lies: they shall not be in the
council of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the
house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and
you shall know that I am the Lord Yahweh.
10Because, even because
they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there is no peace; and when
one builds up a wall, behold, they daub it with whitewash:
who daub it with whitewash, that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing
shower; and you, great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall
12Behold, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said to you,
Where is the daubing with which you have daubed it?
says the Lord Yahweh: I will even tear it with a stormy wind in my wrath; and
there shall be an overflowing shower in my anger, and great hailstones in
wrath to consume it.
14So will I break down the wall that you have
daubed with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that the
foundation of it shall be uncovered; and it shall fall, and you shall be
consumed in the midst of it: and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
15Thus will I accomplish my wrath on the wall, and on those who have
daubed it with whitewash; and I will tell you, The wall is no more, neither
those who daubed it;
16to wit, the prophets of Israel who
prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her, and
there is no peace, says the Lord Yahweh.
17You, son of man, set your face
against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own heart;
and prophesy you against them,
18and say, Thus says the Lord Yahweh: Woe
to the women who sew pillows on all elbows, and make kerchiefs for the head
of persons of every stature to hunt souls! Will you hunt the
souls of my people, and save souls alive for yourselves?
profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread,
to kill the souls who should not die, and to save the souls alive who should
not live, by your lying to my people who listen to lies.
says the Lord Yahweh: Behold, I am against your pillows, with which you
there hunt the souls to make them fly, and I will tear them from your
arms; and I will let the souls go, even the souls who you hunt to make
21Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my
people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand to be hunted;
and you shall know that I am Yahweh.
22Because with lies you
have grieved the heart of the righteous, whom I have not made sad; and
strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he should not return from his
wicked way, and be saved alive:
23Therefore you shall no more see
false visions, nor practice divination. I will deliver my people out of your
hand; and you shall know that I am Yahweh.