Isaiah 9:15
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New International Version
the elders and dignitaries are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

New Living Translation
The leaders of Israel are the head, and the lying prophets are the tail.

English Standard Version
the elder and honored man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail;

New American Standard Bible
The head is the elder and honorable man, And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.

King James Bible
The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The head is the elder, the honored one; the tail is the prophet, the lying teacher.

International Standard Version
the elder and the dignitary is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail.

NET Bible
The leaders and the highly respected people are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

New Heart English Bible
The elder and the honorable man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Respected and honored leaders are the head. Prophets who teach lies are the tail.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The elder and the man of rank, he is the head; And the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

New American Standard 1977
The head is the elder and honorable man,
            And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The ancient and venerable to look upon is the head; the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail.

King James 2000 Bible
The elder and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail.

American King James Version
The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail.

American Standard Version
The elder and the honorable man, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The aged and honourable, he is the head: and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Darby Bible Translation
the ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

English Revised Version
The ancient and the honourable man, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Webster's Bible Translation
The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

World English Bible
The elder and the honorable man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail.

Young's Literal Translation
Elder, and accepted of face, he is the head, Prophet, teacher of falsehood, he is the tail.
Study Bible
Judgment against Israel's Hypocrisy
14So the LORD cuts off head and tail from Israel, Both palm branch and bulrush in a single day. 15The head is the elder and honorable man, And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail. 16For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.…
Cross References
Matthew 24:24
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders that would deceive even the elect, if that were possible.

Job 22:8
"But the earth belongs to the mighty man, And the honorable man dwells in it.

Isaiah 3:2
The mighty man and the warrior, The judge and the prophet, The diviner and the elder,

Isaiah 3:3
The captain of fifty and the honorable man, The counselor and the expert artisan, And the skillful enchanter.

Isaiah 19:15
There will be no work for Egypt Which its head or tail, its palm branch or bulrush, may do.

Isaiah 23:9
The LORD of hosts has planned it, to defile the pride of all beauty, To despise all the honored of the earth.

Isaiah 28:7
And these also reel with wine and stagger from strong drink: The priest and the prophet reel with strong drink, They are confused by wine, they stagger from strong drink; They reel while having visions, They totter when rendering judgment.

Isaiah 28:15
Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, For we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception."

Isaiah 43:27
"Your first forefather sinned, And your spokesmen have transgressed against Me.

Isaiah 59:3
For your hands are defiled with blood And your fingers with iniquity; Your lips have spoken falsehood, Your tongue mutters wickedness.
Treasury of Scripture

The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail.

ancient

Isaiah 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another, and every …

Isaiah 5:13 Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no …

1 Samuel 9:6 And he said to him, Behold now, there is in this city a man of God, …

the prophet

Isaiah 28:17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: …

Isaiah 29:10 For the LORD has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep, and …

1 Kings 13:18 He said to him, I am a prophet also as you are; and an angel spoke …

1 Kings 22:22-24 And the LORD said to him, With which? And he said, I will go forth, …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

Jeremiah 14:14,15 Then the LORD said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: …

Jeremiah 23:9,14,15,25-27 My heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones …

Jeremiah 27:9,10,14,15 Therefore listen not you to your prophets, nor to your diviners, …

Jeremiah 28:15,16 Then said the prophet Jeremiah to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, …

Jeremiah 29:21,22 Thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, of Ahab the son of …

Ezekiel 13:1-16,19,22 And the word of the LORD came to me, saying…

Hosea 9:8 The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare …

Malachi 2:9 Therefore have I also made you contemptible and base before all the …

Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, …

Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall …

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

Galatians 1:8,9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to …

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

2 Timothy 4:2,3 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, …

2 Peter 2:1-3 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they …

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

(15) The ancient and honourable . . .--Comp. Isaiah 3:2-3, for the meaning of the words. These, the prophet seems to say, were the true leaders of the people. The ideal work of the prophet was, indeed, that of a teacher who was to lead even them, but corruptio optimi pessima; and to Isaiah, as to Jeremiah, there was no class so contemptible and base as that of spiritual guides whose policy was that of a time-serving selfishness. The verse is rejected by some critics as a marginal note that has found its way into the text; but the prophet may well have given his own interpretation of this formula. (Comp. Isaiah 28:7; Isaiah 29:10; Jeremiah 14:14; Jeremiah 23:9-40.)

Verse 15. - Some suppose this verse to be a gloss, or marginal note, which has crept into the text; but it is too pointed and sarcastic for a mere gloss. There is no reason to doubt its being Isaiah's. Having spoken of "the tail," he takes the opportunity of lashing the false prophet, who claimed to be among the "honorable," but was really the lowest of the low, worse than his dupes, the true "tail" (comp. Isaiah 28:7; Isaiah 29:10; Isaiah 30:10). The ancient and honourable, he is the head,.... The elder in office, not in age; and who, on account of his office, dignity, and riches, is honoured by men, is of a venerable countenance himself, and is reverenced when seen and looked upon by others, and received by persons with pleasure and cheerfulness; as the phrase used signifies. The Septuagint and Arabic versions render it, "who admire", or "have" men's "persons in admiration"; which is the character Jude gives of false teachers, Jde 1:16 who are next described:

and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail; so called from their low extract, being often of a mean original and descent; or rather from the meanness of their spirits, their flattery of princes and great men, to whom they tell lies, and prophesy smooth and false things, for the sake of a little sordid gain, in allusion to dogs that wag their tails at their masters; or from the poison of their doctrines, some creatures having poison in their tails, and do much mischief with them. See Revelation 9:19. 15. ancient—the older.

honourable—the man of rank.

prophet … lies, … tail—There were many such in Samaria (1Ki 22:6, 22, 23; compare as to "tail," Re 9:19).9:8-21 Those are ripening apace for ruin, whose hearts are unhumbled under humbling providences. For that which God designs, in smiting us, is, to turn us to himself; and if this point be not gained by lesser judgments, greater may be expected. The leaders of the people misled them. We have reason to be afraid of those that speak well of us, when we do ill. Wickedness was universal, all were infected with it. They shall be in trouble, and see no way out; and when men's ways displease the Lord, he makes even their friends to be at war with them. God would take away those they thought to have help from. Their rulers were the head. Their false prophets were the tail and the rush, the most despicable. In these civil contests, men preyed on near relations who were as their own flesh. The people turn not to Him who smites them, therefore he continues to smite: for when God judges, he will overcome; and the proudest, stoutest sinner shall either bend or break.
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