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Jeremiah 23
The Message

An Authentic David-Branch

23"Doom to the shepherd-leaders who butcher and scatter my sheep!" GOD's Decree.H1945H7462H6H6327H6629H4830H5002H3068 2"So here is what I, GOD, Israel's God, say to the shepherd-leaders who misled my people: 'You've scattered my sheep. You've driven them off. You haven't kept your eye on them. Well, let me tell you, I'm keeping my eye on you, keeping track of your criminal behavior.H559H3068H430H3478H7462H7462H5971H6327H6629H5080H6485H6485H7455H4611H5002H3068 3I'll take over and gather what's left of my sheep, gather them in from all the lands where I've driven them. I'll bring them back where they belong, and they'll recover and flourish.H6908H7611H6629H776H5080H7725H5116H6509H7235 4I'll set shepherd-leaders over them who will take good care of them. They won't live in fear or panic anymore. All the lost sheep rounded up!' GOD's Decree."H6965H7462H7462H3372H2865H6485H5002H3068 5"Time's coming"—GOD's Decree— "when I'll establish a truly righteous David-Branch, A ruler who knows how to rule justly. He'll make sure of justice and keep people united.H3117H935H5002H3068H6965H1732H6662H6780H4428H4427H7919H6213H4941H6666H776 6In his time Judah will be secure again and Israel will live in safety. This is the name they'll give him: 'GOD-Who-Puts-Everything-Right.'H3117H3063H3467H3478H7931H983H8034H7121H3072 7"So watch for this. The time's coming"—GOD's Decree—"when no one will say, 'As sure as GOD lives, the God who brought the Israelites out of Egypt,'H3117H935H5002H3068H559H3068H2416H5927H1121H3478H776H4714 8but, 'As sure as GOD lives, the God who brought the descendants of Israel back from the north country and from the other countries where he'd driven them, so that they can live on their own good earth.'"H3068H2416H5927H935H2233H1004H3478H6828H776H776H5080H3427H127

The “Everything Will Turn Out Fine” Sermon

9My head is reeling, my limbs are limp, I'm staggering like a drunk, seeing double from too much wine— And all because of GOD, because of his holy words.H3820H7130H7665H5030H6106H7363H7910H376H1397H3196H5674H6440H3068H1697H6944 10Now for what GOD says regarding the lying prophets: "Can you believe it? A country teeming with adulterers! faithless, promiscuous idolater-adulterers! They're a curse on the land. The land's a wasteland. Their unfaithfulness is turning the country into a cesspool,H776H4390H5003H6440H423H776H56H4999H4057H3001H4794H7451H1369 11Prophets and priests devoted to desecration. They have nothing to do with me as their God. My very own Temple, mind you— mud-spattered with their crimes." GOD's Decree.H5030H3548H2610H1004H4672H7451H5002H3068 12"But they won't get by with it. They'll find themselves on a slippery slope, Careening into the darkness, somersaulting into the pitch-black dark. I'll make them pay for their crimes. It will be the Year of Doom." GOD's Decree.H1870H2519H653H1760H5307H935H7451H8141H6486H5002H3068 13"Over in Samaria I saw prophets acting like silly fools—shocking! They preached using that no-god Baal for a text, messing with the minds of my people.H7200H8604H5030H8111H5012H1168H5971H3478H8582 14And the Jerusalem prophets are even worse—horrible!— sex-driven, living a lie, Subsidizing a culture of wickedness, and never giving it a second thought. They're as bad as those wretches in old Sodom, the degenerates of old Gomorrah."H7200H5030H3389H8186H5003H1980H8267H2388H3027H7489H376H7725H7451H5467H3427H6017 15So here's the Message to the prophets from GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies: "I'll cook them a supper of maggoty meat with after-dinner drinks of strychnine. The Jerusalem prophets are behind all this. They're the cause of the godlessness polluting this country."H559H3068H6635H5030H398H3939H8248H4325H7219H5030H3389H2613H3318H776 16A Message from GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies: "Don't listen to the sermons of the prophets. It's all hot air. Lies, lies, and more lies. They make it all up. Not a word they speak comes from me.H559H3068H6635H8085H1697H5030H5012H1891H1696H2377H3820H6310H3068 17They preach their 'Everything Will Turn Out Fine' sermon to congregations with no taste for God, Their 'Nothing Bad Will Ever Happen to You' sermon to people who are set in their own ways.H559H559H5006H3068H1696H7965H559H1980H8307H3820H7451H935 18"Have any of these prophets bothered to meet with me, the true GOD? bothered to take in what I have to say? listened to and then lived out my Word?H5975H5475H3068H7200H8085H1697H7181H1697H8085 19Look out! GOD's hurricane will be let loose— my hurricane blast, Spinning the heads of the wicked like tops!H5591H3068H3318H2534H2342H5591H2342H7218H7563 20God's raging anger won't let up Until I've made a clean sweep, completing the job I began. When the job's done, you'll see that it's been well done.H639H3068H7725H6213H6965H4209H3820H319H3117H995H998

Quit the “God Told Me This” Kind of Talk

21"I never sent these prophets, but they ran anyway. I never spoke to them, but they preached away.H7971H5030H7323H1696H5012 22If they'd have bothered to sit down and meet with me, they'd have preached my Message to my people. They'd have gotten them back on the right track, gotten them out of their evil ruts.H5975H5475H5971H8085H1697H7725H7451H1870H7455H4611 23"Am I not a God near at hand"—GOD's Decree— "and not a God far off?H430H7138H5002H3068H430H7350 24Can anyone hide out in a corner where I can't see him?" GOD's Decree. "Am I not present everywhere, whether seen or unseen?" GOD's Decree.H376H5641H4565H7200H5002H3068H4392H8064H776H5002H3068 25"I know what they're saying, all these prophets who preach lies using me as their text, saying 'I had this dream! I had this dream!'H8085H5030H559H5012H8267H8034H559H2492H2492 26How long do I have to put up with this? Do these prophets give two cents about me as they preach their lies and spew out their grandiose delusions?H3426H3820H5030H5012H8267H5030H8649H3820 27They swap dreams with one another, feed on each other's delusive dreams, trying to distract my people from me just as their ancestors were distracted by the no-god Baal.H2803H5971H7911H8034H2472H5608H376H7453H1H7911H8034H1168 28"You prophets who do nothing but dream— go ahead and tell your silly dreams. But you prophets who have a message from me— tell it truly and faithfully. What does straw have in common with wheat? Nothing else is like GOD's Decree.H5030H2472H5608H2472H1697H1696H1697H571H8401H1250H5002H3068 29Isn't my Message like fire?" GOD's Decree. "Isn't it like a sledgehammer busting a rock?H1697H3541H784H5002H3068H6360H6327H5553H6327 30"I've had it with the 'prophets' who get all their sermons secondhand from each other.H5030H5002H3068H1589H1697H376H7453 31Yes, I've had it with them. They make up stuff and then pretend it's a real sermon.H5030H5002H3068H3947H3956H5001H5002 32"Oh yes, I've had it with the prophets who preach the lies they dream up, spreading them all over the country, ruining the lives of my people with their cheap and reckless lies. "I never sent these prophets, never authorized a single one of them. They do nothing for this people—nothing!" GOD's Decree.H5012H8267H2472H5002H3068H5608H5971H8582H8267H6350H7971H6680H3276H5971H3276H5002H3068 33"And anyone, including prophets and priests, who asks, 'What's GOD got to say about all this, what's troubling him?' tell him, 'You, you're the trouble, and I'm getting rid of you.'" GOD's Decree.H5971H5030H3548H7592H559H4853H3068H559H4853H5203H5002H3068 34"And if anyone, including prophets and priests, goes around saying glibly 'GOD's Message! GOD's Message!' I'll punish him and his family.H5030H3548H5971H559H4853H3068H6485H376H1004 35"Instead of claiming to know what GOD says, ask questions of one another, such as 'How do we understand GOD in this?'H559H376H7453H376H251H3068H6030H3068H1696 36But don't go around pretending to know it all, saying 'God told me this . . . God told me that. . . .' I don't want to hear it anymore. Only the person I authorize speaks for me. Otherwise, my Message gets twisted, the Message of the living GOD-of-the-Angel-Armies.H4853H3068H2142H376H1697H4853H2015H1697H2416H430H3068H6635H430 37"You can ask the prophets, 'How did GOD answer you? What did he tell you?'H559H5030H3068H6030H3068H1696 38But don't pretend that you know all the answers yourselves and talk like you know it all. I'm telling you: Quit the 'God told me this . . . God told me that . . .' kind of talk.H518H559H4853H3068H559H3068H559H1697H4853H3068H7971H559H559H4853H3068 39"Are you paying attention? You'd better, because I'm about to take you in hand and throw you to the ground, you and this entire city that I gave to your ancestors. I've had it with the lot of you.H5377H5382H5203H5892H5414H1H6440 40You're never going to live this down. You're going down in history as a disgrace."H5414H5769H2781H5769H3640H7911


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