Heavy judgments against lying prophets. (1-9) The
insufficiency of their work. (10-16) Woes against false
Where God gives a warrant to do any thing, he gives wisdom.
What they delivered was not what they had seen or heard, as that
is which the ministers of Christ deliver. They were not praying
prophets, had no intercourse with Heaven; they contrived how to
please people, not how to do them good; they stood not against
sin. They flattered people into vain hopes. Such widen the
breach, by causing men to think themselves deserving of eternal
life, when the wrath of God abides upon them.
One false prophet built the wall, set up the notion that
Jerusalem should be victorious, and made himself acceptable by
it. Others made the matter yet more plausible and promising;
they daubed the wall which the first had built; but they would,
ere long, be undeceived when their work was beaten down by the
storm of God's just wrath; when the Chaldean army desolated the
land. Hopes of peace and happiness, not warranted by the word of
God, will cheat men; like a wall well daubed, but ill built.
It is ill with those who had rather hear pleasing lies
than unpleasing truths. The false prophetesses tried to make
people secure, signified by laying them at ease, and to make
them proud, signified by the finery laid on their heads. They
shall be confounded in their attempts, and God's people shall be
delivered out of their hands. It behoves Christians to keep
close to the word of God, and in every thing to seek the
teaching of the Holy Spirit. Let us so trust the promises of God
as to keep his commandments.