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 Jeremiah 23
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The Coming Messiah: the Righteous Branch

1 "Woe R1137 to the shepherds who are destroying R1138 and scattering the sheep R1139 of My pasture!" declares the LORD. 2 Therefore thus says the LORD God of Israel concerning the shepherds who are tending F226 My people: "You have scattered My flock and driven them away, and have not attended to them; behold, I am about to attend R1140 to you for the evil R1141 of your deeds," declares the LORD. 3 "Then I Myself will gather R1142 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. 4 "I will also raise up shepherds R1143 over them and they will tend F227 them; and they will not R1144 be afraid any longer, nor be terrified, nor R1145 will any be missing," declares the LORD.

5 "Behold, the days R1146 are coming," declares the LORD,

"When I will raise up for David a righteous Branch; R1147 F228

And He will reign R1148 as king and act F229 wisely

And do R1149 justice and righteousness in the land.

6 "In His days Judah will be saved,

And Israel R1150 will dwell securely;

And this is His name R1151 by which He will be called,

`The LORD R1152 our righteousness.'

7 "Therefore R1153 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 but, R1154 `As the LORD lives, who brought R1155 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."

False Prophets Denounced

9 As for the prophets:

My heart R1156 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 adulterers; R1157

For the land mourns R1158 because of the curse.

The pastures R1159 of the wilderness have dried up.

Their course also is evil

And their might is not right.

11 "For both R1160 prophet and priest are polluted;

Even in My house I have found their wickedness," declares the LORD.

12 "Therefore their way will be like slippery R1161 paths to them,

They will be driven away into the gloom R1162 and fall down in it;

For I will bring calamity R1163 upon them,

The year of their punishment," declares the LORD.

13 "Moreover, among the prophets of Samaria I saw an offensive R1164 thing:

They prophesied R1165 by Baal and led R1166 My people Israel astray.

14 "Also among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible R1167 thing:

The committing of adultery R1168 and walking in falsehood;

And they strengthen the hands of evildoers, R1169

So that no one has turned back from his wickedness.

All of them have become to Me like Sodom, R1170

And her inhabitants like Gomorrah.

15 "Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets, `Behold, I am going to feed R1171 them wormwood And make them drink poisonous water, For from the prophets of Jerusalem Pollution has gone forth into all the land.' "

16 Thus says the LORD of hosts,

"Do R1172 not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you.

They are leading R1173 you into futility;

They speak a vision R1174 of their own imagination, F230

Not from R1175 the mouth of the LORD.

17 "They keep saying to those who despise R1176 Me,

`The LORD has said, "You R1177 will have peace"';

And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness R1178 of his own heart,

They say, `Calamity R1179 will not come upon you.'

18 "But who R1180 has stood in the council of the LORD,

That he should see and hear His word?

Who has given heed R1181 to His F231 word and listened?

19 "Behold, the storm R1182 of the LORD has gone forth in wrath,

Even a whirling tempest;

It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.

20 "The anger R1183 of the LORD will not turn back

Until He has performed R1184 and carried out the purposes of His heart;

In R1185 the last days you will clearly understand it.

21 "I R1186 did not send these prophets,

But they ran.

I did not speak to them,

But they prophesied.

22 "But if they had stood R1187 in My council,

Then they would have announced R1188 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 near," R1189 declares the LORD,

"And not a God far off?

24 "Can a man hide R1190 himself in hiding places

So I do not see him?" declares the LORD.

"Do R1191 I not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the LORD.

25 "I have heard R1192 what the prophets have said who prophesy R1193 falsely in My name, saying, `I had a dream, R1194 I had a dream!' 26 "How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the deception R1195 of their own heart, 27 who intend to make R1196 My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers forgot R1197 My name because of Baal? 28 "The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My R1198 word speak My word in truth. What R1199 does straw have in common with grain?" declares the LORD. 29 "Is not My word like fire?" R1200 declares the LORD, "and like a hammer R1201 which shatters a rock? 30 "Therefore behold, I R1202 am against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who steal My words from each other. 31 "Behold, I am against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who use their tongues and declare, `The Lord declares.' 32 "Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false R1203 dreams," declares the LORD, "and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless R1204 boasting; yet I R1205 did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish R1206 this people the slightest benefit," declares the LORD.

33 "Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, `What is the oracle R1207 F232 of the LORD?' then you shall say to them, `What oracle?' F232 The LORD declares, `I will abandon R1208 you.' 34 "Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, `The oracle R1209 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, `What R1210 has the LORD answered?' or, `What has the LORD spoken?' 36 "For you will no longer remember the oracle of the LORD, because every man's own word will become the oracle, and you have perverted R1211 the words of the living R1212 God, the LORD of hosts, our God. 37 "Thus you will say to that prophet, `What has the LORD answered you?' and, `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, I R1213 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 reproach R1214 on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten."


FOOTNOTES:
F226: Lit shepherding
F227: Or shepherd
F228: Lit Sprout
F229: Or succeed
F230: Lit heart
F231: Another reading is My
F232: Or burden, and so throughout the ch
F232: Or burden, and so throughout the ch

CROSS REFERENCES:
R1137: Ezekiel 13:3; 34:2; Zechariah 11:17
R1138: Isaiah 56:9-12; Jeremiah 10:21; 50:6
R1139: Ezekiel 34:31
R1140: Exodus 32:34
R1141: Jeremiah 21:12; 44:22
R1142: Isaiah 11:11,12,16; Jeremiah 31:7,8; 32:37
R1143: Jeremiah 3:15; 31:10; Ezekiel 34:23
R1144: Jeremiah 30:10; 46:27,28
R1145: John 6:39; 10:28; 1 Peter 1:5
R1146: Jeremiah 33:14
R1147: Isaiah 4:2; 11:1-5; 53:2; Jeremiah 30:9; 33:15,16; Zechariah 3:8; 6:12,13
R1148: Isaiah 9:7; 52:13; Luke 1:32,33
R1149: Psalms 72:2; Isaiah 9:7; 32:1; Daniel 9:24
R1150: Deuteronomy 33:28; Jeremiah 30:10; Zechariah 14:11
R1151: Isaiah 7:14; 9:6; Matthew 1:21-23
R1152: Isaiah 45:24; Jeremiah 33:16; Daniel 9:24; Romans 3:22; 1 Corinthians 1:30
R1153: Isaiah 43:18,19; Jeremiah 16:14,15
R1154: Jeremiah 16:15
R1155: Isaiah 43:5,6; Ezekiel 34:13; Amos 9:14,15
R1156: Jeremiah 8:18; Habakkuk 3:16
R1157: Jeremiah 9:2; Hosea 4:2,3; Malachi 3:5
R1158: Jeremiah 12:4
R1159: Psalms 107:34; Jeremiah 9:10
R1160: Jeremiah 6:13; Zephaniah 3:4
R1161: Psalms 35:6; Proverbs 4:19; Jeremiah 13:16
R1162: Isaiah 8:22; John 12:35
R1163: Jeremiah 11:23
R1164: Hosea 9:7,8
R1165: 1 Kings 18:18-21; Jeremiah 2:8; 23:32
R1166: Isaiah 9:16
R1167: Jeremiah 5:30
R1168: Jeremiah 29:23
R1169: Jeremiah 23:22; Ezekiel 13:22,23
R1170: Genesis 18:20; Deuteronomy 32:32; Isaiah 1:9,10; Jeremiah 20:16; 49:18; Matthew 11:24
R1171: Deuteronomy 29:18; Jeremiah 8:14; 9:15
R1172: Jeremiah 27:9,10,14-17; 1 John 4:1
R1173: Matthew 7:15; 2 Corinthians 11:13-15; Galatians 1:8,9
R1174: Jeremiah 14:14; Ezekiel 13:3,6
R1175: Jeremiah 9:12,20
R1176: Micah 2:11
R1177: Jeremiah 8:11; Ezekiel 13:10
R1178: Jeremiah 13:10; 18:12
R1179: Jeremiah 5:12; Amos 9:10; Micah 3:11
R1180: Job 1:15:8,9; Jeremiah 23:22; 1 Corinthians 2:16
R1181: Job 1:33:31
R1182: Jeremiah 25:32; 30:23; Amos 1:14
R1183: 2 Kings 23:26,27; Jeremiah 30:24
R1184: Isaiah 55:11; Zechariah 1:6
R1185: Genesis 49:1
R1186: Jeremiah 14:14; 23:32; 27:15
R1187: Jeremiah 9:12; 23:18
R1188: Jeremiah 35:15; Zechariah 1:4
R1189: Psalms 139:1-10
R1190: Job 1:22:13,14; 34:21,22; Psalms 139:7-12; Isaiah 29:15; Jeremiah 49:10; Hebrews 4:13
R1191: 1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chronicles 2:6; Isaiah 66:1
R1192: Jeremiah 8:6; 1 Corinthians 4:5
R1193: Jeremiah 14:14
R1194: Numbers 12:6; Jeremiah 23:28,32; 29:8; Joel 2:28
R1195: 1 Timothy 4:1,2
R1196: Deuteronomy 13:1-3; Jeremiah 29:8
R1197: Judges 3:7; 8:33,34
R1198: Jeremiah 9:12,20
R1199: 1 Corinthians 3:12,13
R1200: Jeremiah 5:14; 20:9
R1201: 2 Corinthians 10:4,5
R1202: Deuteronomy 18:20; Psalms 34:16; Jeremiah 14:14,15; Ezekiel 13:8
R1203: Deuteronomy 13:1,2; Jeremiah 23:25
R1204: Zephaniah 3:4
R1205: Jeremiah 23:21; Lamentations 3:37
R1206: Jeremiah 7:8; Lamentations 2:14
R1207: Isaiah 13:1; Nahum 1:1; Habakkuk 1:1; Zechariah 9:1; Malachi 1:1
R1208: Jeremiah 12:7; 23:39
R1209: Lamentations 2:14; Zechariah 13:3
R1210: Jeremiah 33:3; 42:4
R1211: Galatians 1:7,8; 2 Peter 3:16
R1212: 2 Kings 19:4; Jeremiah 10:10
R1213: Jeremiah 7:14,15; 23:33; Ezekiel 8:18
R1214: Jeremiah 20:11; 42:18; Ezekiel 5:14,15

 
 

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