Jeremiah 5:31
New International Version
The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?

New Living Translation
the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. Worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?

English Standard Version
the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?

Berean Study Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it so, but what will you do in the end?

King James Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

New King James Version
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?

New American Standard Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it this way! But what will you do when the end comes?

NASB 1995
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

NASB 1977
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

Amplified Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love [to have] it so! But what will you do when the end comes?

Christian Standard Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it like this. But what will you do at the end of it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it like this. But what will you do at the end of it?

American Standard Version
the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
The Prophets prophesied falsehood and the Priests held their hands, and my people loves it so, and what will you do at the end?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
the prophets utter unrighteous prophecies, and the priests have clapped their hands: and my people has loved to have it thus: and what will ye do for the future.

Contemporary English Version
Prophets give their messages in the name of a false god, my priests don't want to serve me, and you--my own people--like it this way! But on the day of disaster, where will you turn for help?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The prophets prophesied falsehood, and the priests clapped their hands: and my people loved such things: what then shall be done in the end thereof?

English Revised Version
the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Good News Translation
prophets speak nothing but lies; priests rule as the prophets command, and my people offer no objections. But what will they do when it all comes to an end?"

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Prophets prophesy lies. Priests rule under the prophets' directions, and my people love this. But what will you do in the end?"

International Standard Version
The prophets prophesy falsely, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
The prophets prophesy in the service of falsehood, And the priests bear rule at their beck; And My people love to have it so; What then will ye do in the end thereof?

Literal Standard Version
The prophets have prophesied falsely, And the priests bear rule by their means, And My people have loved [it] so, And what do they do at its latter end?”

NET Bible
The prophets prophesy lies. The priests exercise power by their own authority. And my people love to have it this way. But they will not be able to help you when the time of judgment comes!

New Heart English Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?

World English Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?

Young's Literal Translation
The prophets have prophesied falsely, And the priests bear rule by their means, And My people have loved it so, And what do they at its latter end?

Additional Translations ...
Context
Judgment Proclaimed
30A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land. 31The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it so, but what will you do in the end?

Cross References
Isaiah 43:27
Your first father sinned, and your spokesmen rebelled against Me.

Isaiah 47:7
You said, 'I will be queen forever.' You did not take these things to heart or consider their outcome.

Jeremiah 12:4
How long will the land mourn and the grass of every field be withered? Because of the evil of its residents, the animals and birds have been swept away, for the people have said, "He cannot see what our end will be."

Jeremiah 14:14
"The prophets are prophesying lies in My name," replied the LORD. "I did not send them or appoint them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a false vision, a worthless divination, the futility and delusion of their own minds.

Jeremiah 26:7
Now the priests and prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD,

Lamentations 4:13
But this was for the sins of her prophets and the guilt of her priests, who shed the blood of the righteous in her midst.

Lamentations 4:18
They stalked our every step, so that we could not walk in our streets. Our end drew near, our time ran out, for our end had come!


Treasury of Scripture

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end thereof?

prophets.

Jeremiah 14:14
Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.

Jeremiah 23:25,26
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed…

Lamentations 2:14
Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.

bear rule.

Isaiah 30:10,11
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 2:6,11
Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame…

John 3:19-21
And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil…

and what.

Jeremiah 4:30,31
And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life…

Jeremiah 22:22,23
The wind shall eat up all thy pastors, and thy lovers shall go into captivity: surely then shalt thou be ashamed and confounded for all thy wickedness…

Deuteronomy 32:29
O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end!









(31) Prophesy falsely.--Literally, with a lie, so in Jeremiah 20:6; Jeremiah 29:9.

Bear rule by their means.--Better, move at their hands, i.e., according to their direction (as in 1Chronicles 25:2; 2Chronicles 23:18. The Vulg. and LXX. translate The priests applauded with their hands. So taken, the words of Jeremiah make the priests follow the prophets, not the prophets the instruments of the priests. In Isaiah 9:15 the prophets are as "the tail," the basest element in the nation. . . .

Verse 31. - The prophets... the priests. (See on Jeremiah 2:26.) Bear rule by their means; rather, rule at their beck. (literally, at their hands, comp. Jeremiah 33:13; 1 Chronicles 25:2, 3; 2 Chronicles 23:18). An example of this interference of the false prophets with the priestly office is given by Jeremiah himself. (Jeremiah 29:24-26). My people love to have it so. Sometimes the prophets speak as if the governing classes alone were responsible for the sins and consequent calamities of their country. But Jeremiah here expressly declares that the governed were as much to blame as their governors.



Parallel Commentaries ...


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

prophesy
נִבְּא֣וּ־ (nib·bə·’ū-)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 5012: To prophesy, speak, by inspiration

falsely,
בַשֶּׁ֗קֶר (ḇaš·še·qer)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

and the priests
וְהַכֹּהֲנִים֙ (wə·hak·kō·hă·nîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3548: Priest

rule
יִרְדּ֣וּ (yir·dū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 7287: To tread down, subjugate, to crumble off

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

their own authority.
יְדֵיהֶ֔ם (yə·ḏê·hem)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3027: A hand

My people
וְעַמִּ֖י (wə·‘am·mî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

love
אָ֣הֲבוּ (’ā·hă·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's 157: To have affection f

it so,
כֵ֑ן (ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's 3651: So -- thus

but what
וּמַֽה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

will you do
תַּעֲשׂ֖וּ (ta·‘ă·śū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 6213: To do, make

in the end?”
לְאַחֲרִיתָֽהּ׃ (lə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's 319: The last, end, the future, posterity


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