False Prophets Condemned
13:1 And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
13:2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel
that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of
their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the LORD;
13:3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish
prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen
13:4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the
13:5 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.
13:6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying,
The LORD saith: and the LORD hath not sent them: and they
have made others to hope that they would confirm the word.
13:7 Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken
a lying divination, whereas ye say, The LORD saith it;
albeit I have not spoken?
13:8 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Because ye have
spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am
against you, saith the Lord GOD.
13:9 And mine 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
writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter
into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the
13:10 Because, even because they have seduced my people,
saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a
wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered morter:
13:11 Say unto them which daub it with untempered morter,
that it shall fall: there shall be an overflowing shower;
and ye, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind
shall rend it.
13:12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said
unto you, Where is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it?
13:13 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will even rend
it with a stormy wind in my fury; and there shall be an
overflowing shower in mine anger, and great hailstones in my
fury to consume it.
13:14 So will I break down the wall that ye have daubed
with untempered morter, and bring it down to the ground, so
that the foundation thereof shall be discovered, and it
shall fall, and ye shall be consumed in the midst thereof:
and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
13:15 Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and
upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and
will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that
13:16 To wit, the prophets of Israel which prophesy
concerning Jerusalem, and which see visions of peace for
her, and there is no peace, saith the Lord GOD.
13:17 Likewise, thou son of man, set thy face against the
daughters of thy people, which prophesy out of their own
heart; and prophesy thou against them,
13:18 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the women
that sew pillows to all armholes, 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 unto you?
13:19 And will ye pollute me among my people for handfuls
of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that
should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not
live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
13:20 Wherefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am
against your pillows, wherewith ye there hunt the 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
13:21 Your kerchiefs also will I tear, and deliver my
people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your
hand to be hunted; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
13:22 Because with lies ye have made the heart of the
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:
13:23 Therefore ye shall see no more vanity, nor divine
divinations: for I will deliver my people out of your hand:
and ye shall know that I am the LORD.