Jeremiah 23 ©
Jeremiah prophesieth judgment upon the evil pastors, and restoration of the scattered flock. Christ, the righteous Branch, is promised. God's fearful judgments against false prophets, and against those that mocked at the threatenings of the true ones.
Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; bYe 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 the LORD.
And cI will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.
¶Behold, ethe days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and fa King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.
¶kMine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; lall my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, mbecause of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness.
I have seen valso in the prophets of Jerusalem 5an horrible thing: wthey commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as xSodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, zHearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: athey make you vain: bthey speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that 10use their tongues, and say, He saith.
aBehold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and bcause my people to err by their lies, and by their 11lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore cthey shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
¶And when this people, or the prophet, or a priest, shall ask thee, saying, dWhat is the burden of the LORD? thou shalt then say unto them, What burden? I will even eforsake you, saith the LORD.
And as for the prophet, and the priest, and the people, that shall say, The burden of the LORD, I will even 12punish that man and his house.
Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, What hath the LORD answered thee? and, What hath the LORD spoken?
But since ye say, The burden of the LORD; therefore thus saith the LORD; Because ye say this word, The burden of the LORD, and I have sent unto you, saying, Ye shall not say, The burden of the LORD;
Therefore, behold, jI, even I, will utterly forget you, and I will forsake you, and the city that I gave you and your fathers, and cast you out of my presence: