Jeremiah 23:18
Verse (Click for Chapter)
New International Version
But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word?

New Living Translation
"Have any of these prophets been in the LORD's presence to hear what he is really saying? Has even one of them cared enough to listen?

English Standard Version
For who among them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened?

New American Standard Bible
"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?

King James Bible
For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For who has stood in the council of the LORD to see and hear His word? Who has paid attention to His word and obeyed?

International Standard Version
But who has stood in the LORD's council to see and hear his message? Who has paid attention to his message and obeyed it?

NET Bible
Yet which of them has ever stood in the LORD's inner circle so they could see and hear what he has to say? Which of them have ever paid attention or listened to what he has said?

New Heart English Bible
For who has stood in the council of the LORD, that he should perceive and hear his word? Who has marked my word, and heard it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Who is in the LORD's inner circle and sees and hears his word? Who pays attention and listens to his word?

JPS Tanakh 1917
For who hath stood in the council of the LORD, That he should perceive and hear His word? Who hath attended to His word, and heard it?

New American Standard 1977
“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?

Jubilee Bible 2000
For who has stood in the secret of the LORD and has seen and heard his word? Who has payed attention to his word and heard it?

King James 2000 Bible
For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, and has perceived and heard his word? who has marked his word, and heard it?

American King James Version
For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, and has perceived and heard his word? who has marked his word, and heard it?

American Standard Version
For who hath stood in the council of Jehovah, that he should perceive and hear his word? who hath marked my word, and heard it?

Douay-Rheims Bible
For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord, and hath seen and heard his word? Who hath considered his word and heard it?

Darby Bible Translation
For who hath stood in the council of Jehovah, so that he hath perceived and heard his word? who hath hearkened to his word and listened?

English Revised Version
For who hath stood in the council of the LORD, that he should perceive and hear his word? who hath marked my word, and heard it?

Webster's Bible Translation
For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?

World English Bible
For who has stood in the council of Yahweh, that he should perceive and hear his word? who has marked my word, and heard it?

Young's Literal Translation
For who hath stood in the counsel of Jehovah, And seeth and heareth His word? Who hath regarded My word, and hearkeneth?
Study Bible
Lying Prophets
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? 19"Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone forth in wrath, Even a whirling tempest; It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 2:16
"For who has known the mind of the Lord, so as to instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ.

Job 15:8
"Do you hear the secret counsel of God, And limit wisdom to yourself?

Job 15:9
"What do you know that we do not know? What do you understand that we do not?

Job 33:31
"Pay attention, O Job, listen to me; Keep silent, and let me speak.

Jeremiah 23:22
"But if they had stood in My council, Then they would have announced My words to My people, And would have turned them back from their evil way And from the evil of their deeds.
Treasury of Scripture

For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, and has perceived and heard his word? who has marked his word, and heard it?

who.

Jeremiah 23:22 But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to …

1 Kings 22:24 But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on …

Job 15:8-10 Have you heard the secret of God? and do you restrain wisdom to yourself…

2 Chronicles 18:23 Then Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah came near, and smote Micaiah on …

Isaiah 40:13,14 Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counselor has …

1 Corinthians 2:16 For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? …

counsel. or, secret.

Psalm 25:14 The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will show …

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to …

John 15:15 From now on I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what …

(18) The counsel.--Better, perhaps, the council, the "assembly" of chosen friends with whom a man shares his secret plans. So in Jeremiah 6:11; Jeremiah 15:17; Psalm 89:7, "assembly." Could any of the false prophets say that they had thus been called as into the privy council of Jehovah? (Comp. Amos 3:7; 1Kings 22:19-23.)

Verse 18. - For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord; rather, in the council. This verse is connected with ver. 16; it gives the reason why the false prophets were not to be listened to. None of them had been admitted to the secret council of the Lord; the interrogation is here a form of denial. "To stand in the council" is not the same as "to sit" (Psalm 1:1); the latter phrase implies taking an active part in the consultations. It is specially applicable to the true prophets, according to ver. 22, and this, as we gather from other passages, m a twofold sense. Sometimes the prophets had visions, in which their inner eye was granted a sight of Jehovah in consultation with his trusted servants (Isaiah 6:1, comp. 8; 1 Kings 22:19); and the words of Eliphaz, "Weft thou listening in the council of God?" (Job 15:8), appear to be descriptive of a similar experience. But the phrase may also be used in a wider sense of entirely unecstatic revelations. Amos says (Amos 3:7), "Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret counsel unto his servants the prophets; ' and a psalmist extends the term "secret counsel" to the communion which God grants to the pious in general (Psalm 25:14; comp. Proverbs 3:32). Thus there is no hard and-fast line between the experiences of the prophets and those of humbler believers. In so far as the latter are "disciples of Jehovah" (Isaiah 54:13), they too may be truly said to "stand," at least in the doorway, "in the council of Jehovah;" just as a well-known collect inherited from the Latin Church beseeches that "by God's holy inspiration we may think those things that he good." Who hath marked his word? A Jewish tradition, represented by the marginal notes in the Hebrew Bible, has taken offence at this variation in the expression, and would correct the reading to "my word." But such changes of person are of frequent occurrence, and we know that the prophets were thoroughly assured that the word which they spoke was not theirs, but that of him who sent them. For who hath stood in the counsel of the Lord,.... These are either the words of the Prophet Jeremiah; signifying that none of the false prophets were of God's privy council, or were acquainted with his secrets, that they could tell the people they should have peace, and no evil come upon them; this they said, not from divine revelation, but from the imagination of their own hearts; for though the Lord does nothing but he reveals it to his servants, the prophets; yet not to men of such bad principles and wicked lives as they were: or rather these are the words of the false prophets; either taking this to themselves, that they were of God's privy council, and knew his secrets, and ask who were besides themselves; or else insulting the prophets of the Lord, as though they took too much upon them to threaten the people with captivity and destruction, as if they were in the secret of the most High, and his privy counsellors; but that they thought themselves in such a situation seems to be the sense, from Jeremiah 23:22;

and hath perceived and heard his word? or, "hath seen and heard his word?" (a) seen a vision from him, and "heard" the word from his mouth, declaring the above things? or "seen" what was in his heart, what he purposed and designed to do; and "heard" what he said he would do?

who hath marked his word, and heard it? listened and attended to it, and obeyed it? not the false prophets, but the true ones; as the Targum of the whole is,

"for they stood not (or rose not up) that the secret from before the Lord might be revealed to them; and they saw not, nor heard his words; nor did they hearken to his word, nor receive;''

or obey; understanding this of the false prophets.

(a) "et vidit", Pagninus, Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "qui videat", Schmidt. 18. A reason is given why the false prophets should not be heeded: They have not stood in the counsels of Jehovah (an image from ministers present in a standing posture at councils of Eastern kings) (compare Jer 23:22; Job 15:8). The spiritual man alone has the privilege (Ge 18:17; Ps 25:14; Am 3:7; Joh 15:15; 1Co 2:16).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.
Jump to Previous
Attended Attention Council Counsel Ear Hear Heard Heareth Hearkened Hearkeneth Heed Marked Note Perceive Perceived Regarded Secret Stood Word
Jump to Next
Attended Attention Council Counsel Ear Hear Heard Heareth Hearkened Hearkeneth Heed Marked Note Perceive Perceived Regarded Secret Stood Word
Links
Jeremiah 23:18 NIV
Jeremiah 23:18 NLT
Jeremiah 23:18 ESV
Jeremiah 23:18 NASB
Jeremiah 23:18 KJV

Jeremiah 23:18 Biblia Paralela
Jeremiah 23:18 Chinese Bible
Jeremiah 23:18 French Bible
Jeremiah 23:18 German Bible

Alphabetical: and But council given has he hear heard heed his in listened LORD of or see should stood That the them to which Who word

OT Prophets: Jeremiah 23:18 For who has stood in the council (Jer.) Christian Bible Study Resources, Dictionary, Concordance and Search Tools
Jeremiah 23:17
Top of Page
Top of Page