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Jeremiah 23:13

Context

23:13 The Lord says, 1  “I saw the prophets of Samaria 2 

doing something that was disgusting. 3 

They prophesied in the name of the god Baal

and led my people Israel astray. 4 

Jeremiah 23:16

Context

23:16 The Lord who rules over all 5  says to the people of Jerusalem: 6 

“Do not listen to what

those prophets are saying to you.

They are filling you with false hopes.

They are reporting visions of their own imaginations,

not something the Lord has given them to say. 7 

1 tn The words “The Lord says” are not in the text, but it is clear from the content that he is the speaker. These words are supplied in the translation for clarity.

2 map For location see Map2 B1; Map4 D3; Map5 E2; Map6 A4; Map7 C1.

3 tn According to BDB 1074 s.v. תִּפְלָּה this word means “unseemly, unsavory.” The related adjective is used in Job 6:6 of the tastelessness of something that is unseasoned.

4 tn Heb “by Baal.”

sn Prophesying in the name of the god Baal was a clear violation of Mosaic law and punishable by death (see Deut 13:1-5). For an example of the apostasy encouraged by prophets of Baal in the northern kingdom of Israel see 1 Kgs 18:16-40.

5 tn Heb “Yahweh of armies.”

sn See the study note on 2:19 for explanation of this title.

6 tn The words “to the people of Jerusalem” are not in the Hebrew text but are supplied in the translation to reflect the masculine plural form of the imperative and the second masculine plural form of the pronoun. These words have been supplied in the translation for clarity.

7 tn Heb “They tell of a vision of their own heart [= mind] not from the mouth of the Lord.”



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