Ezekiel 13 New American Standard Bible

False Prophets Condemned

13 1  Then the word of the Lord came to me saying , 2  "Son of man , prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy , and say to those who prophesy from their own inspiration , ' Listen to the word of the Lord ! 3  'Thus says the Lord GOD , "Woe to the foolish prophets who are following e their own spirit and have seen nothing . 4  "O Israel , your prophets have been like foxes among ruins . 5  "You have not gone up into the breaches , nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the Lord . 6  "They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying , 'The Lord declares ,' when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word . 7  " Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said , 'The Lord declares ,' but it is not I who have spoken ?""' 8  Therefore , thus says the Lord GOD , "Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie , therefore behold , I am against you," declares the Lord GOD . 9  "So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations . They will have no place in the council of My people , nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel , nor will they enter the land of Israel , that you may know that I am the Lord GOD .

10  "It is definitely because they have misled My people by saying , ' Peace !' when there is no peace . And when anyone builds a wall , behold , they plaster it over with whitewash ; 11  so tell those who plaster it over with whitewash , that it will fall . A flooding rain will come , and you, O hailstones e , will fall ; and a violent wind will break out. 12  "Behold , when the wall has fallen , will you not be asked , 'Where is the plaster with which you plastered it?"' 13  Therefore , thus says the Lord GOD , "I will make a violent wind break out in My wrath . There will also be in My anger a flooding rain and hailstones e to consume it in wrath . 14  "So I will tear down the wall which you plastered over with whitewash and bring it down to the ground , so that its foundation is laid bare ; and when it falls , you will be consumed in its midst . And you will know that I am the Lord . 15  "Thus I will spend My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it over with whitewash ; and I will say to you, 'The wall is gone and its plasterers are gone , 16  along with the prophets of Israel who prophesy to Jerusalem , and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace ,' declares the Lord GOD .

17  "Now you, son of man , set your face against the daughters of your people who are prophesying from their own inspiration . Prophesy against them 18  and say , 'Thus says the Lord GOD , "Woe to the women who sew magic bands on all wrists e and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature to hunt down lives ! Will you hunt down the lives of My people , but preserve the lives of others for yourselves? 19  " For handfuls of barley and fragments of bread , you have profaned Me to My people to put to death some who should not die and to keep others alive who should not live , by your lying to My people who listen to lies .""' 20  Therefore , thus says the Lord GOD , "Behold , I am against your magic bands by which you hunt lives there as birds and I will tear them from your arms ; and I will let them go , even those lives whom you hunt as birds . 21  "I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people from your hands , and they will no longer be in your hands to be hunted ; and you will know that I am the Lord . 22  "Because you disheartened the righteous with falsehood when I did not cause him grief , but have encouraged e the wicked not to turn from his wicked way and preserve his life , 23  therefore , you women will no longer see false visions or practice divination , and I will deliver My people out of your hand . Thus you will know that I am the Lord ."



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