NASB — Ezekiel 13 — KJV

False Prophets Condemned

1 Then the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the aprophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own Iinspiration, ‘bListen to the word of the LORD! 3 Thus says the Lord IGOD, “Woe to the afoolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have bseen nothing. 4 O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins. 5 You have not agone up into the bbreaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the cday of the LORD. 6 They see Iafalsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The LORD declares,’ when the LORD has not sent them; byet they hope for the fulfillment of [their] word. 7 aDid 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?”’”

[2] ILit heart aIs 9:15; Jr 37:19; Ezk 22:25, 28 bIs 1:10; Am 7:16
[3] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch aLm 2:14; Ho 9:7; Zc 11:15 bJr 23:28-32
[5] aPs 106:23; Jr 23:22; Ezk 22:30 bIs 58:12 cIs 13:6, 9; Ezk 7:19
[6] ILit vanity aJr 29:8; Ezk 22:28 bJr 28:15; 37:19
[7] aEzk 22:28

8 ¶ Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “Because you have spoken Ifalsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, aI am against you,” declares the Lord GOD. 9 “So My hand will be against the aprophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will Ihave no place in the council of My people, bnor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel, IIthat you may know that I am the Lord GOD. 10 It is definitely because they have amisled My people by saying, ‘bPeace!’ when there is cno 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 aflooding rain will come, and you, O hailstones, 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 ahailstones 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 afoundation is laid bare; and when it falls, you will be bconsumed in its midst. And you will cknow 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 Iis gone and its plasterers are gone, 16 [along with] the prophets of Israel who prophesy to Jerusalem, and who asee visions of peace for her when there is bno peace,’ declares the Lord GOD.

[8] ILit vanity aEzk 5:8; 21:3; Na 2:13
[9] ILit not be in IIOr and you will know aJr 20:3-6; 28:15-17 bPs 69:28; 87:6; Jr 17:13; Dn 12:1
[10] aJr 23:32; 50:6 bJr 6:14; 8:11; 14:13 cEzk 7:25; 13:16
[11] aEzk 38:22
[13] aEx 9:24, 25; Ps 18:12, 13; Is 30:30; Rv 11:19; 16:21
[14] aMi 1:6; Hab 3:13 bJr 6:15; 14:15 cEzk 13:9
[15] ILit is not...are not
[16] aJr 6:14; 8:11; Ezk 13:10 bIs 57:21

17 ¶ “Now you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who are aprophesying bfrom their own Iinspiration. Prophesy against them 18 and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe to the women who sew [magic] bands on Iall wrists and make veils for the heads of [persons] of every stature to ahunt down IIlives! Will you hunt down the IIlives of My people, but preserve the IIlives [of others] for yourselves? 19 aFor handfuls of barley and fragments of bread, you have profaned Me to My people to put to death Isome who should not die and to bkeep Iothers alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies.”’”

[17] ILit heart aJg 4:4; 2K 22:14; Lk 2:36; Ac 21:9 bEzk 13:2; Rv 2:20
[18] ILit all joints of the hand; M.T. reads of my hands IIOr souls a2P 2:14
[19] IOr souls aPv 28:21; Mi 3:5 bJr 23:14, 17

20 ¶ Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against your [magic] bands by which you hunt Ilives there as IIbirds and I will tear them from your arms; and I will let Ithem go, even those Ilives whom you hunt as IIbirds. 21 I will also tear off your veils and adeliver 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 adisheartened the righteous with falsehood when I did not cause him grief, but have Ibencouraged the wicked not to cturn from his wicked way [and] preserve his life, 23 therefore, you women will no longer see Iafalse visions or practice divination, and I will bdeliver My people out of your hand. Thus you will cknow that I am the LORD.”

[20] ILit souls IIOr flying ones
[21] aPs 91:3; 124:7
[22] ILit strengthen the hands of aAm 5:12 bJr 23:14; 34:16, 22 cEzk 18:21, 27, 30-32; 33:14-16
[23] ILit vanity aEzk 12:24; 13:6; Mi 3:6; Zc 13:3 bEzk 13:21; 34:10 cEzk 13:9, 21


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The reproof of lying prophets,

1 ¶ And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 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; 3 Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. 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. 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. 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? 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. 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 Lord GOD.

[2] 1K 22:19; 2Ch 18:18; Is 1:10; 9:15; 28:14; 56:9; Jr 5:31; 6:13; 8:10; 14:13, 14; 23:2, 11, 16, 25, 26; 27:14, 18; 28:12, 15; 29:8, 20, 31; 37:19; Lm 4:13; Ezk 13:3, 17; 14:9; 22:25, 28; 34:7, 9; Am 7:16; Mi 3:6, 11; Zp 3:4; 2P 2:1.
[3] Pv 15:2, 14; Jr 23:1, 28; Lm 2:14; Ezk 13:6, 18; 34:2; Ho 9:7; Zc 11:15; Mt 23:13, 16; Lk 11:40, 42, 52; 1Co 9:16; 1Ti 6:4; 2Ti 3:9.
[4] So 2:15; Mi 2:11; 3:5; Mt 7:15; Ro 16:18; 2Co 11:13; Ga 2:4; Ep 4:14; 2Th 2:9; 1Ti 4:1; Tit 1:10; Rv 13:11; 19:20.
[5] Ex 17:9; 32:11; Nu 16:21, 47; 1S 12:23; Jb 40:9; Ps 76:7; 106:23; Is 2:12; 13:6, 9; 27:4; 34:8; 58:12; Jr 15:1; 23:22; 27:18; Lm 2:13; Ezk 22:30; 30:3; Jol 1:15; 2:1, 31; 3:14; Am 5:18; Zp 1:14; 2:2; Mal 1:9; 4:5; Ep 6:13; 1Th 5:2; 2P 3:10; Rv 6:17; 16:14; 20:8.
[6] 1K 22:6, 27, 37; Pv 14:15; Jr 14:14; 23:31; 28:2, 15; 29:8, 31; 37:19; Lm 2:14; Ezk 12:23; 13:7, 22, 23; 21:23, 29; 22:28; Zc 10:2; Mk 13:6, 22; 2Th 2:11; 2P 2:18.
[7] Ezk 13:2, 6; Mt 24:23.
[8] Jr 50:31; 51:25; Ezk 5:8; 21:3; 26:3; 28:22; 29:3, 10; 35:3; 38:3; 39:1; Na 2:13; 3:5; 1Ti 4:1, 8; 1P 3:12.
[9] Ex 32:32; 1K 22:24; Ezr 2:59, 62; Ne 7:62, 64; Ps 69:5, 28; 87:6; 101:7; Is 4:3; Jr 20:3; 23:20; 28:15; 29:21, 31; Ezk 11:10, 12, 13; 12:20; 14:9; 20:38; Dn 12:1; Ho 9:3; Lk 10:20; Php 4:3; He 12:23; Rv 13:8; 19:20; 20:12, 15.

and their untempered morter.

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]: 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]. 12 Lo, when the wall is fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where [is] the daubing wherewith ye have daubed [it]? 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]. 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. 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 daubed it; 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.

[10] 2K 21:9; 2Ch 18:12; Pv 12:26; Is 30:10; 57:21; Jr 4:10; 5:31; 6:14; 8:11, 15; 14:13; 23:13, 17; 28:9; Ezk 13:16; 22:28; Mi 2:11; Mal 3:15; 1Ti 4:1; 2Ti 3:13; 1Jn 2:26; Rv 2:20.
[11] Jb 27:21; Ps 11:6; 18:13; 32:6; Is 25:4; 28:2, 15; 29:6; 32:19; Ezk 38:22; Na 1:3, 7; Mt 7:25, 27; Lk 6:48.
[12] Dt 32:37; Jg 9:38; 10:14; 2K 3:13; Jr 2:28; 29:31; 37:19; Lm 2:14.
[13] Ex 9:18; Lv 26:28; Ps 18:12; 105:32; 107:25; 148:8; Is 30:30; Jr 23:19; Jna 1:4; Hg 2:17; Rv 8:7; 11:19; 16:21.
[14] Ps 11:3; Jr 6:15; 8:12; 14:15; 23:15; Ezk 13:9, 21, 23; 14:8; Mi 1:6; Hab 3:13; Mt 7:26; Lk 6:49; 1Co 3:11.
[15] Ne 4:3; Ps 62:3; Is 30:13.
[16] Is 48:22; 57:20; Jr 5:31; 6:14; 8:11; 28:1, 9; 29:31; Ezk 13:10.

Of prophetesses and their pillows.

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, 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? 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? 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] fly. 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. 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: 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.

[17] Jg 4:4; 2K 22:14; Is 3:16; 4:4; Ezk 4:3; 13:2; 20:46; 21:2; Lk 2:36; 2P 2:1; Rv 2:20.
[18] Jr 4:10; 6:14; Ezk 13:3, 10, 16, 22; 22:25; Ep 4:14; 2Ti 4:3; 2P 2:14.
[19] 1S 2:16; Pv 19:27; 28:21; Jr 23:14, 17; Ezk 13:22; 20:39; 22:26; Mi 3:5, 11; Mal 1:10; Ro 14:15; 16:18; 1Co 8:11; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:2.
[20] Ezk 13:8, 15; 2Ti 3:8.
[21] Ezk 13:9.
[22] Gn 3:4; Jr 4:10; 6:14; 8:11; 14:13; 23:9, 14, 17; 27:14; 28:16; 29:32; Lm 2:11; Ezk 9:4; 13:16; 2P 2:18.
[23] Dt 18:20; Ezk 12:24; 13:6, 9, 21; 14:8; 15:7; 34:10; Mi 3:6; Zc 13:3; Mt 24:24; Mk 13:22; 1Co 11:19; 2Ti 3:9; Jde 1:24; Rv 12:9, 11; 13:5, 8; 15:2.


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