23 1Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my
pasture! saith Jehovah.
2Therefore thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel,
against the shepherds that feed my people: Ye have scattered my flock, and
driven them away, and have not visited them; behold, I will visit upon you
the evil of your doings, saith Jehovah.
3And I will gather the remnant of
my flock out of all the countries whither I have driven them, and will bring
them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
I will set up shepherds over them, who shall feed them; and they shall fear
no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall any be lacking, saith Jehovah.
5Behold, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will raise unto David a
righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall
execute justice and righteousness in the land.
6In his days Judah shall
be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is his name whereby he
shall be called: Jehovah our righteousness.
7Therefore, behold, the days
come, saith Jehovah, that they shall no more say, As Jehovah liveth, who
brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
Jehovah liveth, who brought up and who led the seed of the house of Israel
out of the north country, and from all the countries whither I had driven
them. And they shall dwell in their own land.
9Concerning the prophets.
My heart within me is broken, all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man,
and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of Jehovah, and because of
his holy words.
10For the land is full of adulterers; for because of
swearing the land mourneth; the pastures of the wilderness are dried up. And
their course is evil, and their might is not right;
11for both prophet
and priest are profane; yea, in my house have I found their wickedness, saith
12Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery places in
the darkness: they shall be driven on, and fall therein; for I will bring
evil upon them, even the year of their visitation, saith Jehovah.
have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied by Baal, and
caused my people Israel to err.
14In the prophets of Jerusalem also I
have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies; and they
strengthen the hands of evil-doers, so that none doth return from his
wickedness: they are all of them become unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants
thereof as Gomorrah.
15Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts concerning
the prophets: Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the
water of gall; for from the prophets of Jerusalem is ungodliness gone forth
into all the land.
16Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, Hearken not unto the
words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they teach you vanity; they
speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Jehovah.
17They say continually unto them that despise me, Jehovah hath said, Ye
shall have peace; and unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his
own heart they say, No evil shall come upon you.
18For who hath stood in
the council of Jehovah, that he should perceive and hear his word? who hath
marked my word, and heard it?
19Behold, the tempest of Jehovah, even
his wrath, is gone forth, yea, a whirling tempest: it shall burst upon
the head of the wicked.
20The anger of Jehovah 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.
21I sent not these
prophets, yet they ran: I spake not unto them, yet they prophesied.
if they had stood in my council, then had they caused my people to hear my
words, and had turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their
23Am I a God at hand, saith Jehovah, and not a God afar off?
24Can any hide himself in secret places so that I shall not see him?
saith Jehovah. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith Jehovah.
heard what the prophets have said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I
have dreamed, I have dreamed.
26How long shall this be in the heart of
the prophets that prophesy lies, even the prophets of the deceit of their own
27that think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams
which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers forgat my name
28The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he
that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the straw to the
wheat? saith Jehovah.
29Is not my word like fire? saith Jehovah; and like
a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
30Therefore, behold, I am
against the prophets, saith Jehovah, that steal my words every one from his
31Behold, I am against the prophets, saith Jehovah, that use
their tongues, and say, He saith.
32Behold, I am against them that
prophesy lying dreams, saith Jehovah, and do tell them, and cause my people
to err by their lies, and by their vain boasting: yet I sent them not, nor
commanded them; neither do they profit this people at all, saith Jehovah.
33And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee,
saying, What is the burden of Jehovah? then shalt thou say unto them, What
burden! I will cast you off, saith Jehovah.
34And as for the prophet, and
the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of Jehovah, I will
even punish that man and his house.
35Thus shall ye say every one to his
neighbor, and every one to his brother, What hath Jehovah answered? and, What
hath Jehovah spoken?
36And the burden of Jehovah shall ye mention no
more: for every man's own word shall be his burden; for ye have perverted the
words of the living God, of Jehovah of hosts our God.
37Thus shalt thou
say to the prophet, What hath Jehovah answered thee? and, What hath Jehovah
38But if ye say, The burden of Jehovah; therefore thus saith
Jehovah: Because ye say this word, The burden of Jehovah, and I have sent
unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of Jehovah;
behold, I will utterly forget you, and I will cast you off, and the city that
I gave unto you and to your fathers, away from my presence:
40and I will
bring an everlasting reproach upon you, and a perpetual shame, which shall
not be forgotten.