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.’ ”

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

New King James Version
Behold, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who use their tongues and say, ‘He says.’

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

NASB 1995
“Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the LORD, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’

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

Amplified Bible
Hear this, I am against the prophets,” says the LORD, “who use their [own deceitful] tongues and say, ‘Thus says the Lord.’

Christian Standard Bible
I am against the prophets”—the LORD’s declaration—“who use their own tongues to make a declaration.

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, I am against the Prophets, says LORD JEHOVAH, who pervert their tongues and they are saying: ‘LORD JEHOVAH says so!’

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Behold, I [am] against the prophets,” A declaration of YHWH, “Who are making their tongue smooth, And they affirm—an affirmation.

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."

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Lying Prophets
30“Therefore behold,” declares the LORD, “I am against the prophets who steal from one another 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 them 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 one another words they attribute to Me."

Jeremiah 23:32
"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 them 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…









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘[The Lord] declares [it].’”
נְאֻֽם׃ (nə·’um)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 5002: An oracle


Jump to Previous
Affirm Affirmation Declare Declares Making Prophets Smooth Tongue Tongues Use Wag
Jump to Next
Affirm Affirmation Declare Declares Making Prophets Smooth Tongue Tongues Use Wag
Links
Jeremiah 23:31 NIV
Jeremiah 23:31 NLT
Jeremiah 23:31 ESV
Jeremiah 23:31 NASB
Jeremiah 23:31 KJV

Jeremiah 23:31 BibleApps.com
Jeremiah 23:31 Biblia Paralela
Jeremiah 23:31 Chinese Bible
Jeremiah 23:31 French Bible
Jeremiah 23:31 Clyx Quotations

OT Prophets: Jeremiah 23:31 Behold I am against the prophets says (Jer.)
Jeremiah 23:30
Top of Page
Top of Page