Jeremiah 23:17
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New International Version
They keep saying to those who despise me, 'The LORD says: You will have peace.' And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, 'No harm will come to you.'

New Living Translation
They keep saying to those who despise my word, 'Don't worry! The LORD says you will have peace!' And to those who stubbornly follow their own desires, they say, 'No harm will come your way!'

English Standard Version
They say continually to those who despise the word of the LORD, ‘It shall be well with you’; and to everyone who stubbornly follows his own heart, they say, ‘No disaster shall come upon you.’”

New American Standard Bible
"They keep saying to those who despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "You will have peace "'; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, 'Calamity will not come upon you.'

King James Bible
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They keep on saying to those who despise Me, 'The LORD has said: You will have peace.' They have said to everyone who follows the stubbornness of his heart, 'No harm will come to you.'"

International Standard Version
They keep on saying to those who despise me, 'The LORD has said, "You will have peace."' To all who stubbornly follow their own desires they say, 'Disaster won't come upon you.'

NET Bible
They continually say to those who reject what the LORD has said, 'Things will go well for you!' They say to all those who follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts, 'Nothing bad will happen to you!'

New Heart English Bible
They say continually to those who despise me, "The LORD has said, 'You shall have peace'"; and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, "No evil shall come on you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They keep saying to those who despise me, "The LORD says, 'Everything will go well for you.' " They tell all who live by their own stubborn ways, "Nothing bad will happen to you."

JPS Tanakh 1917
They say continually unto them that despise Me: 'The LORD hath said: Ye shall have peace'; And unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his own heart they say: 'No evil shall come upon you';

New American Standard 1977
“They keep saying to those who despise Me,
            ‘The LORD has said, “You will have peace”’;
            And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart,
            They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’

Jubilee Bible 2000
They say boldly unto those that stir me to anger, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto anyone that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

King James 2000 Bible
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD has said, You shall have peace; and they say unto everyone that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

American King James Version
They say still to them that despise me, The LORD has said, You shall have peace; and they say to every one that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come on you.

American Standard Version
They say continually unto them that despise me, Jehovah hath said, Ye shall have peace; and unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, No evil shall come upon you.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They say tothem that blaspheme me: The Lord hath said: You shall have peace: and to every one that walketh in the perverseness of his own heart, they have said: No evil shall come to you.

Darby Bible Translation
They say constantly unto them that despise me, Jehovah hath said, Ye shall have peace. And they say unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his heart, No evil shall come upon you.

English Revised Version
They say continually unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and unto every one that walketh in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, No evil shall come upon you.

Webster's Bible Translation
They say still to them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say to every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

World English Bible
They say continually to those who despise me, Yahweh has said, You shall have peace; and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart they say, No evil shall come on you.

Young's Literal Translation
Saying diligently to those despising The word of Jehovah: Peace is for you, And to every one walking in the stubbornness of his heart they have said: Evil doth not come in unto you.
Study Bible
Lying Prophets
16Thus says the LORD of hosts, "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are prophesying to you. They are leading you into futility; They speak a vision of their own imagination, Not from the mouth of the LORD. 17"They keep saying to those who despise Me, 'The LORD has said, "You will have peace "'; And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, They say, Calamity will not come upon you.' 18"But who has stood in the council of the LORD, That he should see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and listened?…
Cross References
Isaiah 30:10
Who say to the seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions.

Jeremiah 5:12
They have lied about the LORD And said, "Not He; Misfortune will not come on us, And we will not see sword or famine.

Jeremiah 8:11
"They heal the brokenness of the daughter of My people superficially, Saying, 'Peace, peace,' But there is no peace.

Jeremiah 13:10
'This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless.

Jeremiah 14:13
But, "Ah, Lord GOD!" I said, "Look, the prophets are telling them, 'You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.'"

Jeremiah 18:12
"But they will say, 'It's hopeless! For we are going to follow our own plans, and each of us will act according to the stubbornness of his evil heart.'

Ezekiel 13:10
"It is definitely because they have misled My people by saying, 'Peace!' when there is no peace. And when anyone builds a wall, behold, they plaster it over with whitewash;

Ezekiel 13:19
"For handfuls of barley and fragments of bread, you have profaned Me to My people to put to death some who should not die and to keep others alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies."'"

Amos 9:10
"All the sinners of My people will die by the sword, Those who say, 'The calamity will not overtake or confront us.'

Micah 2:11
"If a man walking after wind and falsehood Had told lies and said, 'I will speak out to you concerning wine and liquor,' He would be spokesman to this people.
Treasury of Scripture

They say still to them that despise me, The LORD has said, You shall have peace; and they say to every one that walks after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come on you.

that despise.

Numbers 11:20 But even a whole month, until it come out at your nostrils, and it …

1 Samuel 2:30 Why the LORD God of Israel said, I said indeed that your house, and …

2 Samuel 12:10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house; because …

Malachi 1:6 A son honors his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a …

Luke 10:16 He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; …

1 Thessalonians 4:8 He therefore that despises, despises not man, but God, who has also …

ye.

Jeremiah 4:10 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! surely you have greatly deceived this …

Jeremiah 6:14 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, …

Jeremiah 8:11 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, …

Jeremiah 14:13,14 Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, the prophets say to them, You …

Jeremiah 28:3-9 Within two full years will I bring again into this place all the …

Isaiah 3:10,11 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

Isaiah 57:21 There is no peace, said my God, to the wicked.

Lamentations 2:14 Your prophets have seen vain and foolish things for you: and they …

Ezekiel 13:10,15,16,22 Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; …

Micah 3:5,11 Thus said the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, …

Zechariah 10:2 For the idols have spoken vanity, and the diviners have seen a lie, …

imagination. or, stubbornness.

Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and …

Jeremiah 7:24 But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the …

Jeremiah 9:14 But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after …

Jeremiah 13:10 This evil people, which refuse to hear my words, which walk in the …

Deuteronomy 29:19 And it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that …

no.

Jeremiah 18:18 Then said they, Come and let us devise devices against Jeremiah; …

Amos 9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The …

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

Zephaniah 1:12 And it shall come to pass at that time, that I will search Jerusalem …

(17) Imagination.--As before (Jeremiah 3:17 and elsewhere), stubbornness. The tendency of all that the false prophets uttered was to confirm the people in their sins, not to lead them to repentance. It is noticeable that the Hebrew verb for "hath said" is not the same as the received formula of the true prophets, "The Lord hath spoken." The prophet seems to indicate in this way that those whom he condemns placed the Divine message on a level with a man's every-day utterance. They were self-convicted by the very phrase they used.

Verse 17. - Unto them that despise me, The Lord hath said. The Septuagint and the Syriac render the same text (the consonants are alone the text) with different vowels, thus: "Unto those who despise the word of the Lord." In favor of this it may be urged that the phrase, "The Lord hath said," is nowhere else used in this abrupt way to introduce a real or supposed revelation, and Hitzig and Graf accordingly accept it. Ye shall have peace; as Jeremiah 6:14. After the imagination; rather, in the stubbornness (see on Jeremiah 3:17). They say still unto them that despise me,.... That despised the word, worship, and ordinances of the Lord; with such mockers and scoffers at religion, such abandoned creatures, they associated themselves; finding that their prophecies and doctrines met with approbation and success among them. The Septuagint version is, "they say to them that put away the word of the Lord"; reject it, and cast it behind their backs; see Acts 13:46;

the Lord hath said, ye shall have peace; all manner of prosperity; that they should dwell in their own land, and not go into captivity, and enjoy the good things of it in peace and prosperity; this they pretended they had from the Lord; which was an aggravation of their sins; not only to tell a lie, but to tell it in the name of the Lord, and in direct opposition to what the true prophets said from the mouth of the Lord, particularly Jeremiah:

and they say unto everyone that walketh after the imagination of his own heart; which is evil, and that continually, Genesis 6:5; whose course of life is after the lusts of his own wicked heart; and a worse guide than these a man cannot well have: and this is a true character and description of an unregenerate man, who walks after the flesh, and not after the Spirit; after his own carnal heart, and the dictates of it; and not according to the will and word of God: and yet to such, to whom the Lord says, "there is no peace", the false prophets said,

no evil shall come upon you; no evil of punishment for the evil of sin, as the prophets of the Lord had threatened; such as the sword, famine, pestilence, and captivity. 17. say still—Hebrew, "say in saying," that is, say incessantly.

peace—(Jer 6:14; Eze 13:10; Zec 10:2).

imagination—Hebrew, "obstinacy."

no evil—(Mic 3:11).23:9-22 The false prophets of Samaria had deluded the Israelites into idolatries; yet the Lord considered the false prophets of Jerusalem as guilty of more horrible wickedness, by which the people were made bold in sin. These false teachers would be compelled to suffer the most bitter part of the Lord's indignation. They made themselves believe that there was no harm in sin, and practised accordingly; then they made others believe so. Those who are resolved to go on in evil ways, will justly be given up to believe strong delusions. But which of them had received any revelation of God, or understood any thing of his word? There was a time coming when they would reflect on their folly and unbelief with remorse. The teaching and example of the true prophets led men to repentance, faith, and righteousness. The false prophets led men to rest in forms and notions, and to be quiet in their sins. Let us take heed that we do not follow unrighteousness.
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