New International Version
Yes," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who wag their own tongues and yet declare, 'The LORD declares.'
King James Bible
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
Darby Bible Translation
Behold, I am against the prophets, saith Jehovah, that use their tongues, and say, He hath said.
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.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I am against the prophets - Three cases are mentioned here which excited God's disapprobation:
1. The prophets who stole the word from their neighbor; who associated with the true prophets, got some intelligence from them, and then went and published it as a revelation which themselves had received, Jeremiah 23:30.
2. The prophets who used their tongues; הלקחים לשונם hallokechim leshonam, who lick or smooth with their tongues - gave their own counsels as Divine revelations, flattering them in their sins, and promising peace, when God had not spoken; and prefaced them, "Thus saith the Lord," Jeremiah 23:31.
3. The prophets who made up false stories, which they termed prophecies, revealed to them in dreams; and thus caused the people to err, Jeremiah 23:32.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
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LibraryJehovah Tsidkenu: the Lord Our Righteousness
Having introduced the doctrine of imputed righteousness, I proofed to map out my subject. First, by way of affirmation; we say of the text--it is so--Christ is the Lord or righteousness; secondly, I shall exhort you to do him homage; let us call him so: for this is the name whereby he shall be called; and thirdly, I shall appeal to your gratitude; let us wonder at the reigning grace, which has caused us to fulfill the promise, for have been sweetly compelled to call him the Lord our righteousness. …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 7: 1861
A vision of Judgement and Cleansing
The Providence of God
"Therefore," declares the LORD, "I am against the prophets who steal from one another words supposedly from me.
Indeed, I am against those who prophesy false dreams," declares the LORD. "They tell them and lead my people astray with their reckless lies, yet I did not send or appoint them. They do not benefit these people in the least," declares the LORD.
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