New International Version
Your prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins.
King James Bible
O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts.
Darby Bible Translation
O Israel, thy prophets have been like foxes in desert places.
World English Bible
Israel, your prophets have been like foxes in the waste places.
Young's Literal Translation
As foxes in the wastes, Thy prophets, O Israel, have been.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts - The cunning of the fox in obtaining his prey has been long proverbial. These false prophets are represented as the foxes who, having got their prey by great subtlety, run to the desert to hide both themselves and it. So the false prophets, when the event did not answer to their prediction, got out of the way, that they might not be overwhelmed with the reproaches and indignation of the people.
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prophets Crafty, mischievous, and ravenous; always scheming something for their own interest; while they would not risk their persons to avert the mischief which they had caused.
LibraryThat the Ruler Should not Set his Heart on Pleasing Men, and yet Should Give Heed to what Ought to Please Them.
Meanwhile it is also necessary for the ruler to keep wary watch, lest the lust of pleasing men assail him; lest, when he studiously penetrates the things that are within, and providently supplies the things that are without, he seek to be beloved of those that are under him more than truth; lest, while, supported by his good deeds, he seems not to belong to the world, self-love estrange him from his Maker. For he is the Redeemer's enemy who through the good works which he does covets being loved …
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Song of Solomon 2:15
Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
You have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle on the day of the LORD.
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