Friday, July 23, 2021

PUNISHMENT for profane prophets, pastors, priests, and people

 

2 Peter 2:1

King James Version

2 But there were false prophets also among the people, 

even as there shall be false teachers among you, 

who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, 

even denying the Lord that bought them, 

and bring upon themselves swift destruction.


What punishment await those who mislead God's people?

Amazingly, in just one chapter, it's all revealed by GOD, through prophet Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 23:1-2

King James Version

23 Woe be unto the pastors that destroy 

and scatter the sheep of my pasture! 

saith the Lord.

2 Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel 

against the pastors that feed my people; 

Ye have scattered my flock, 

and driven them away, 

and have not visited them: 

behold, 

I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, 

saith the Lord.


Jeremiah 23:9-12

King James Version

9 Mine heart within me is broken 

because of the prophets

all my bones shake; 

I am like a drunken man, 

and like a man whom wine hath overcome, 

because of the Lord, 

and because of the words of his holiness.

10 For the land is full of adulterers; 

for because of swearing the land mourneth; 

the pleasant places of the wilderness are dried up, 

and their course is evil, 

and their force is not right.

11 For both prophet and priest are profane; 

yea, 

in my house have I found their wickedness

saith the Lord.

12 Wherefore their way shall be unto them 

as slippery ways in the darkness: 

they shall be driven on, 

and fall therein: 

for I will bring evil upon them, 

even the year of their visitation

saith the Lord.


Jeremiah 23:13-14

King James Version

13 And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; 

they prophesied in Baal, 

and caused my people Israel to err.

14 I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem 

an horrible thing: 

they commit adultery, 

and walk in lies: 

they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, 

that none doth return from his wickedness

they are all of them unto me as Sodom, 

and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.


Jeremiah 23:15-18

King James Version

15 Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts 

concerning the prophets; 

Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, 

and make them drink the water of gall: 

for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness 

gone forth into all the land.

16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, 

Hearken not unto the words of the prophets 

that prophesy unto you: 

they make you vain: 

they speak a vision of their own heart, 

and not out of the mouth of the Lord.

17 They say still unto them that despise me

The Lord hath said, 

Ye shall have peace; 

and they say unto every one that walketh 

after the imagination of his own heart, 

No evil shall come upon you.

18 For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, 

and hath perceived and heard his word? 

who hath marked his word, 

and heard it?


Jeremiah 23:19-20

King James Version

19 Behold, 

a whirlwind of the Lord is gone forth in fury, 

even a grievous whirlwind: 

it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked.

20 The anger of the Lord shall not return, 

until he have executed, 

and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: 

in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly.


Jeremiah 23:21-22

King James Version

21 I have not sent these prophets, 

yet they ran: 

I have not spoken to them, 

yet they prophesied.

22 But if they had stood in my counsel, 

and had caused my people to hear my words, 

then they should have turned them 

from their evil way, 

and from the evil of their doings.


Jeremiah 23:23-24

King James Version

23 Am I a God at hand

saith the Lord, 

and not a God afar off?

24 Can any hide himself in secret places 

that I shall not see him

saith the Lord. 

Do not I fill heaven and earth

saith the Lord.


Jeremiah 23:25-27

King James Version

25 I have heard what the prophets said, 

that prophesy lies in my name, 

saying, 

I have dreamed, 

I have dreamed.

26 How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets 

that prophesy lies? 

yea, 

they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart;

27 Which think to cause my people to forget my name 

by their dreams which they tell every man 

to his neighbour,

as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal.


Jeremiah 23:28-29

King James Version

28 The prophet that hath a dream, 

let him tell a dream; 

and he that hath my word, 

let him speak my word faithfully

What is the chaff to the wheat

saith the Lord.

29 Is not my word like as a fire

saith the Lord; 

and like a hammer 

that breaketh the rock in pieces?


Jeremiah 23:30

King James Version

30 Therefore, 

behold

I am against the prophets, 

saith the Lord, 

that steal my words 

every one from his neighbour.


Jeremiah 23:31

King James Version

31 Behold, 

I am against the prophets, 

saith the Lord, 

that use their tongues, 

and say, 

He saith.


Jeremiah 23:32

King James Version

32 Behold, 

I am against them that prophesy false dreams, 

saith the Lord, 

and do tell them, 

and cause my people to err by their lies

and by their lightness; 

yet I sent them not, 

nor commanded them: 

therefore they shall not profit this people at all

saith the Lord.


Jeremiah 23:33-35

King James Version

33 And when this people, 

or the prophet, 

or a priest, 

shall ask thee, 

saying, 

What is the burden of the Lord

thou shalt then say unto them, 

What burden

I will even forsake you, 

saith the Lord.

34 And as for the prophet, 

and the priest, 

and the people, 

that shall say, 

The burden of the Lord, 

I will even punish that man and his house.

35 Thus shall ye say every one to his neighbour, 

and every one to his brother, 

What hath the Lord answered? 

and, 

What hath the Lord spoken?


Jeremiah 23:36

King James Version

36 And the burden of the Lord 

shall ye mention no more: 

for every man's word shall be his burden; 

for ye have perverted the words of the living God, 

of the Lord of hosts our God.


Jeremiah 23:37-38

King James Version

37 Thus shalt thou say to the prophet, 

What hath the Lord answered thee? 

and, 

What hath the Lord spoken?

38 But since ye say, 

The burden of the Lord; 

therefore thus saith the Lord; 

Because ye say this word, 

The burden of the Lord, 

and I have sent unto you, 

saying, 

Ye shall not say, 

The burden of the Lord;


Jeremiah 23:39-40

King James Version

39 Therefore, 

behold, 

I, 

even I, 

will utterly forget you, 

and I will forsake you, 

and the city that I gave you and your fathers, 

and cast you out of my presence:

40 And I will bring an everlasting reproach upon you, 

and a perpetual shame, 

which shall not be forgotten.


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