Your prophets saw visions for you that were empty and deceptive; they did not reveal your guilt and so restore your fortunes. They saw oracles for you that were empty and misleading.
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?
For from the least to the greatest of them, everyone is gaining profit unjustly. From prophet to priest, everyone deals falsely.
But the LORD said to me, "These prophets are prophesying a lie in My name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a false vision, worthless divination, the deceit of their own minds.
because both prophet and priest are ungodly, even in My house I have found their evil. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
Therefore, their way will be to them like slippery paths in the gloom. They will be driven away and fall down there, for I will bring disaster on them, the year of their punishment. [This is] the LORD's declaration.
Among the prophets of Samaria I saw something disgusting: They prophesied by Baal and led My people Israel astray.
Among the prophets of Jerusalem also I saw a horrible thing: They commit adultery and walk in lies. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, and none turns his back on evil. They are all like Sodom to Me; Jerusalem's residents are like Gomorrah.
Therefore, this is what the LORD of Hosts says concerning the prophets: I am about to feed them wormwood and give them poisoned water to drink, for from the prophets of Jerusalem ungodliness has spread throughout the land.
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They are making you worthless. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the LORD's mouth.
They keep on saying to those who despise Me: The LORD has said: You will have peace. To everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his heart they have said, No harm will come to you."
For who has stood in the council of the LORD to see and hear His word? Who has paid attention to His word and obeyed?
Look, a storm from the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling storm. It will whirl about the head of the wicked.
The LORD's anger will not turn back until He has completely fulfilled the purposes of His heart. In time to come you will understand it clearly.
I did not send these prophets, yet they ran [with a message]. I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.
Her priests do violence to My law and profane My holy things. They make no distinction between the holy and the common, and they do not explain the difference between the clean and the unclean. They disregard My Sabbaths, and I am profaned among them.
"Her officials within her are like wolves tearing [their] prey, shedding blood, and destroying lives in order to get unjust gain.
Her prophets plaster with whitewash for them by seeing false visions and lying divinations, and they say: This is what the Lord God says, when the LORD has not spoken.
Her leaders issue rulings for a bribe, her priests teach for payment, and her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean on the Lord, saying, "Isn't the LORD among us? No calamity will overtake us."
Therefore, because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become ruins, and the hill of the temple mount will be a thicket.
The princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are wolves of the night, which leave nothing for the morning.
Her prophets are reckless-- treacherous men. Her priests profane the sanctuary; they do violence to instruction.
For long ago I broke your yoke; I tore off your fetters. You insisted: I will not serve! On every high hill and under every leafy tree you lie down [like] a prostitute.
He finished the address the LORD had commanded him to deliver to all the people. Then the priests, the prophets, and all the people took hold of him, yelling, "You must surely die!
How dare you prophesy in the name of the LORD, 'This temple will become like Shiloh and this city will become an uninhabited ruin'!" Then all the people assembled against Jeremiah at the LORD's temple.
You therefore testify against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
"Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell?
This is why I am sending you prophets, sages, and scribes. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will flog in your synagogues and hound from town to town.
So all the righteous blood shed on the earth will be charged to you, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.
I assure you: All these things will come on this generation!
"Jerusalem, Jerusalem! The city who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her. How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, yet you were not willing!
"Woe to you! You build monuments to the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
Therefore you are witnesses that you approve the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their monuments.
Because of this, the wisdom of God said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,'
so that this generation may be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets shed since the foundation of the world--
from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. "Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible.
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? They even killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whose betrayers and murderers you have now become.
They killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and persecuted us; they displease God, and are hostile to everyone,
hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. As a result, they are always adding to the number of their sins, and wrath has overtaken them completely.