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Wicked Rulers and Prophets
1And I said:
“Hear now, O heads of Jacob,
And you #Ezek. 22:27rulers of the house of Israel:
#Ps. 82:1–5; Jer. 5:4, 5Is it not for you to know justice?
2You who hate good and love evil;
Who strip the skin from My people,
And the flesh from their bones;
3Who also #Ps. 14:4; 27:2; Zeph. 3:3eat the flesh of My people,
Flay their skin from them,
Break their bones,
And chop them in pieces
Like meat for the pot,
#Ezek. 11:3, 6, 7Like flesh in the caldron.”
4Then #Ps. 18:41; Prov. 1:28; Is. 1:15; Jer. 11:11they will cry to the Lord,
But He will not hear them;
He will even hide His face from them at that time,
Because they have been evil in their deeds.
5Thus says the Lord #Is. 56:10, 11; Jer. 6:13; Ezek. 13:10, 19concerning the prophets
Who make my people stray;
Who chant “Peace”
While they #Matt. 7:15chew with their teeth,
But who prepare war against him
#Ezek. 13:18Who puts nothing into their mouths:
6“Therefore#Is. 8:20–22; 29:10–12 you shall have night without vision,
And you shall have darkness without divination;
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
And the day shall be dark for #Is. 29:10; (Jer. 23:33–40); Ezek. 13:23them.
7So the seers shall be ashamed,
And the diviners abashed;
Indeed they shall all cover their lips;
#Amos 8:11For there is no answer from God.”
8But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,
And of justice and might,
#Is. 58:1To declare to Jacob his transgression
And to Israel his sin.
9Now hear this,
You heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice
And pervert all equity,
10#Jer. 22:13, 17Who build up Zion with #Ezek. 22:27; Hab. 2:12bloodshed
And Jerusalem with iniquity:
11#Is. 1:23; Mic. 7:3Her heads judge for a bribe,
#Jer. 6:13Her priests teach for pay,
And her prophets divine for money.
#Is. 48:2; Jer. 7:4Yet they lean on the Lord, and say,
“Is not the Lord among us?
No harm can come upon us.”
12Therefore because of you
Zion shall be #Jer. 26:18plowed like a field,
#Ps. 79:1; Jer. 9:11Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins,
And #Mic. 4:1, 2the mountain of the temple
Like the bare hills of the forest.