1 And the Word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,
2 Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those
who prophesy out of their own heart, Hear the Word of Jehovah!
3 Thus says the Lord Jehovah: Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit
and have seen nothing!
4 O Israel, your prophets are like foxes in the deserts.
5 You have not gone up into the gaps, nor built a wall for the house of Israel to stand in
battle in the day of Jehovah.
6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, Jehovah declares! But Jehovah has
not sent them; yet they hope that their word may be confirmed.
7 Have you not seen a vain vision, and have you not spoken a lying divination? You say,
Jehovah declares; though I have not spoken.
8 Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah: Because you have spoken vanity and seen lies,
therefore, behold, I am against you, declares the Lord Jehovah.
9 And My hand will be against the prophets who see vanity and who divine lies; they
shall not be in the council of My people, nor be written in the record of the house of
Israel, nor shall they enter into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord
10 Because, indeed, because they have seduced My people, saying, Peace! when there
is no peace; and one builds a wall, and plasters it with whitewash.
11 Say to those who plaster it with whitewash, that it will fall. There will be a flooding
rain, and you, O great hailstones, shall fall; and a stormy wind shall break it down.
12 Surely, when the wall has fallen, will it not be said to you, Where is the mortar with
which you plastered it?
13 Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah: I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My
fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to
14 Thus I will break down the wall you have plastered with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. And you shall know that I am Jehovah.
15 Thus will I accomplish My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it with
whitewash; and I will say to you, The wall is no more, nor those who plastered it;
16 that is, the prophets of Israel who prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and who see
visions of peace for her when there is no peace, declares the Lord Jehovah.
17 Likewise, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who
prophesy out of their own heart; prophesy against them,
18 and say, Thus says the Lord Jehovah: Woe to the women who sew amulets on their
sleeves and make veils for the heads of people of every height, to hunt souls! Will you
hunt the souls of My people, and save the souls alive to yourselves?
19 And will you profane Me among My people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of
bread, executing souls that should not die, and keeping alive the souls that should not
live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies?
20 Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against your amulets by which
you hunt souls to make them fly. I will tear them from your arms, and let the souls go,
the souls you hunt to make them fly.
21 I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people out of your hand, and they shall
no longer be as prey in your hand. And you shall know that I am Jehovah.
22 Because with lies you have made the heart of the righteous sad, whom I have not
pained; and you have strengthened the hands of the wicked, so that he does not turn from
his wicked way to restore his life.
23 Therefore you shall no longer see vanity nor divine divinations; for I will deliver My
people out of your hand, and you shall know that I am Jehovah.