18:21 Now if you say to yourselves, 1 ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ 2 – 18:22 whenever a prophet speaks in my 3 name and the prediction 4 is not fulfilled, 5 then I have 6 not spoken it; 7 the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”
1 tn Heb “in your heart.”
2 tn Heb “know the word which the Lord has not spoken.” The issue here is not understanding the meaning of the message, but distinguishing a genuine prophetic word from a false one.
4 tn Heb “the word,” but a predictive word is in view here. Cf. NAB “his oracle.”
5 tn Heb “does not happen or come to pass.”
7 tn Heb “that is the word which the Lord has not spoken.”