23:30 So I, the Lord, affirm 1 that I am opposed to those prophets who steal messages from one another that they claim are from me. 2 23:31 I, the Lord, affirm 3 that I am opposed to those prophets who are using their own tongues to declare, ‘The Lord declares….’ 4 23:32 I, the Lord, affirm 5 that I am opposed to those prophets who dream up lies and report them. They are misleading my people with their reckless lies. 6 I did not send them. I did not commission them. They are not helping these people at all. 7 I, the Lord, affirm it!” 8
1 tn Heb “Oracle of the
2 tn Heb “who are stealing my words from one another.” However, context shows that it is their own word which they claim is from the
3 tn Heb “Oracle of the
4 tn The word “The
sn Jer 23:30-33 are filled with biting sarcasm. The verses all begin with “Behold I am against the prophets who…” and go on to describe their reprehensible behavior. They “steal” one another’s messages which the
5 tn Heb “Oracle of the
6 tn Heb “with their lies and their recklessness.” This is an example of hendiadys where two nouns (in this case a concrete and an abstract one) are joined by “and” but one is intended to be the adjectival modifier of the other.
7 sn In the light of what has been said this is a rhetorical understatement; they are not only “not helping,” they are leading them to their doom (cf. vv. 19-22). This figure of speech is known as litotes.
8 tn Heb “Oracle of the