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Evil Rulers and Lying Prophets
1Listen to me,
you rulers of Israel!
You know right from wrong,
2but you prefer to do evil
instead of what is right.
You skin my people alive.
You strip off their flesh,
3break their bones,
cook it all in a pot,
and gulp it down.
4Someday you will beg the Lord
to help you,
but he will turn away
because of your sins.
5You lying prophets promise
security for anyone
who gives you food,
but disaster for anyone
who refuses to feed you.
Here is what the Lord says
to you prophets:
6“You will live in the dark,
far from the sight of the sun,
with no message from me.
7You prophets and fortunetellers
will all be disgraced,
with no message from me.”
8But the Lord has filled me
with power and his Spirit.
I have been given the courage
to speak about justice
and to tell you people of Israel
that you have sinned.
9So listen to my message,
you rulers of Israel!
You hate justice
and twist the truth.
10You make cruelty and murder
a way of life in Jerusalem.
11You leaders accept bribes
for dishonest decisions.
You priests and prophets
teach and preach,
but only for money.
Then you say,
“The Lord is on our side.
No harm will come to us.”
12 # Jr 26.18 And so, because of you,
Jerusalem will be plowed under
and left in ruins.
Thorns will cover the mountain
where the temple now stands.
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