Jeremiah 23:31
New International Version
Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, 'The LORD declares.'

New Living Translation
I am against these smooth-tongued prophets who say, ‘This prophecy is from the LORD!’

English Standard Version
Behold, I am against the prophets, declares the LORD, who use their tongues and declare, ‘declares the LORD.’

Berean Study Bible
“Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and proclaim, ‘The Lord declares it.’”

New American Standard Bible
"Behold, I am against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who use their tongues and declare, 'The Lord declares.'

King James Bible
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

Christian Standard Bible
I am against the prophets"--the LORD's declaration--"who use their own tongues to make a declaration.

Good News Translation
I am also against those prophets who speak their own words and claim they came from me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I am against the prophets"--the LORD's declaration--"who use their own tongues to make a declaration.

International Standard Version
Look, I'm against the prophets," declares the LORD, "who use their tongues to issue a declaration.

NET Bible
I, the LORD, affirm that I am opposed to those prophets who are using their own tongues to declare, 'The LORD declares. . ..'

New Heart English Bible
Look, I am against the prophets,' says the LORD, 'who use their tongues, and say, "He says."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I'm against the prophets who speak their own thoughts and say that they speak for me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use there tongues and say: 'He saith.'

New American Standard 1977
“Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that sweeten their tongues and say, He said.

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, I am against the prophets, says the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He says.

American King James Version
Behold, I am against the prophets, said the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He said.

American Standard Version
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith Jehovah, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Behold, I am against the prophets that put forth prophecies of mere words, and slumber their sleep.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold I am against the prophets, saith the Lord: who use their tongues, and say: The Lord saith it.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith Jehovah, that use their tongues, and say, He hath said.

English Revised Version
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

Webster's Bible Translation
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.

World English Bible
Behold, I am against the prophets, says Yahweh, who use their tongues, and say, He says.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, I am against the prophets, An affirmation of Jehovah, Who are making smooth their tongue, And they affirm -- an affirmation.
Study Bible
Lying Prophets
30“Therefore behold,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from each other words they attribute to Me.” 31“Yes,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and proclaim, ‘The Lord declares it.’” 32“Indeed,” declares the LORD, “I am against those who prophesy false dreams and retell them to lead My people astray with their reckless lies. It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at all to these people,” declares the LORD.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 23:30
"Therefore behold," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who steal from each other words they attribute to Me."

Jeremiah 23:32
"Indeed," declares the LORD, "I am against those who prophesy false dreams they tell to lead My people astray with their reckless lies. It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at all to these people," declares the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, I am against the prophets, said the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He said.

use.

Isaiah 30:10
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Micah 2:11
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

he.

Jeremiah 23:17
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

2 Chronicles 18:5,10-12,19-21
Therefore the king of Israel gathered together of prophets four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall we go to Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for God will deliver it into the king's hand…







Lexicon
“Yes,”
הִנְנִ֥י (hin·nî)
Interjection | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 2005: Lo! behold!

declares
נְאֻם־ (nə·’um-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle

the LORD,
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

“I am against
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the prophets
הַנְּבִיאִ֖ם (han·nə·ḇî·’im)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

who wag
הַלֹּקְחִ֣ים (hal·lō·qə·ḥîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

their own tongues
לְשׁוֹנָ֔ם (lə·šō·w·nām)
Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3956: The tongue

and proclaim,
וַֽיִּנְאֲמ֖וּ (way·yin·’ă·mū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5001: To utter a prophecy, speak as a prophet

‘[The Lord] declares [it].’”
נְאֻֽם׃ (nə·’um)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5002: An oracle
(31) That use their tongues, and say, He saith.--Literally, that take their tongues. There is no adequate evidence for the marginal rendering "that smooth their tongues." The scornful phrase indicates the absence of a true inspiration. These false prophets plan their schemes, and take their tongue as an instrument for carrying them into effect. The formula which they used, "He saith," was not the word for common speaking, but that which indicated that the speaker was delivering an oracle from God. (See Note on Jeremiah 23:17.) Elsewhere the word is only used of God, but the prophet, in his stern irony, uses it of the false prophets, they say oracularly. This is an oracle.

Verse 31. - That use their tongues; literally, that take their tongue, like a workman's tool - as if prophecy could be turned out to order. And say, He saith. The word rendered "he saith" is one which the prophets habitually used to affirm the revealed character of their teaching. It is the participle of the verb rendered "say." Adopting a Miltonic verb, we might render, and oracle oracles." The "false prophets" adopt the same forms as the true; but they are to them only forms. 23:23-32 Men cannot be hidden from God's all-seeing eye. Will they never see what judgments they prepare for themselves? Let them consider what a vast difference there is between these prophecies and those delivered by the true prophets of the Lord. Let them not call their foolish dreams Divine oracles. The promises of peace these prophets make are no more to be compared to God's promises than chaff to wheat. The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer. How can they be long safe, or at all easy, who have a God of almighty power against them? The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.
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