13:2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel that prophesy, and say thou to them that prophesy out of their a own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
(a) After their own fantasy and not as having the
revelation of the Lord, (Jeremiah
13:4 O Israel, thy prophets
are like the foxes b in the deserts.
(b) Watching to destroy the vineyard.
13:5 c Ye
have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the hedge for the house of
Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the LORD.
(c) He speaks to the governor and true ministers
that would have resisted them.
13:7 Have ye not seen a vain
vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, though d
ye say, The LORD saith [it]; although I have not spoken?
(d) You promised peace to this people and now you
see their destruction, so that it is revealed that you are false prophets.
13:9 And my hand shall be
upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in
the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the e
writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of
Israel; and ye shall know that I [am] the Lord GOD.
(e) That is in the book of life, in which the
true Israelites are written.
13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my
people, saying, f Peace; and [there was]
no peace; and one built up a g wall,
and, lo, others daubed it with untempered [mortar]:
(f) See Geneva
(g) While the true prophets prophesied the
destruction of the city to bring the people to repentance, the false prophets
spoke the contrary, and flattered them in their vanities, so that what one
false prophet said (which is here called the building of the wall) another
false prophet would affirm, though he had neither opportunity nor good ground
to hear him.
Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it
with h untempered [mortar], and will say
to you, The wall [is] no [more], neither they that daubed it;
(h) By which is meant whatever man of himself
sets forth under the authority of God's word.
And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the [women] that sew i
[magic] charms upon all wrists, and make kerchiefs upon the head of every
stature to hunt souls! Will ye hunt the souls of my people, and will ye save the
souls alive [that come] to you?
(i) These superstitious women for money would
prophecy and tell every man his fortune giving them pillows to lean on, and
kerchiefs to cover their heads, to the intent they might the more allure them
and bewitch them.
13:19 And will ye profane me among my people for
handfuls of k barley and for pieces of
bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and l
to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that
hear [your] lies?
(k) Will you make my word serve your bellies?
(l) These sorcerers made the people believe that
they could preserve life or destroy it and that it would come to everyone
according as they prophesied.
13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I
[am] against your [magic] charms, with which ye there hunt the m
souls to make [them] fly, and I will tear them from your arms, and will let the
souls go, [even] the souls that ye hunt to make [them] fly.
(m) That is, to cause them to perish, and that
they should depart from the body.
13:22 Because with lies ye
have made the heart of the n righteous
sad, whom I have not made sad; and strengthened the hands of the wicked, that he
should not return from his wicked way, by promising him life:
(n) By threatening them that were godly, and
upholding the wicked.