Jeremiah 23:21
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New International Version
I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied.

New Living Translation
"I have not sent these prophets, yet they run around claiming to speak for me. I have given them no message, yet they go on prophesying.

English Standard Version
“I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.

New American Standard Bible
"I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied.

King James Bible
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I did not send these prophets, yet they ran with a message. I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.

International Standard Version
I didn't send these prophets, but they ran anyway. I didn't speak to them, but they prophesied.

NET Bible
I did not send those prophets. Yet they were in a hurry to give their message. I did not tell them anything. Yet they prophesied anyway.

New Heart English Bible
I sent not these prophets, yet they ran: I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I didn't send these prophets, yet they ran [with their message]. I didn't speak to them, yet they prophesied.

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

New American Standard 1977
“I did not send these prophets,
            But they ran.
            I did not speak to them,
            But they prophesied.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I did not send those prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.

King James 2000 Bible
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

American King James Version
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

American Standard Version
I sent not these prophets, yet they ran: I spake not unto them, yet they prophesied.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I did not send prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

Darby Bible Translation
I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

English Revised Version
I sent not these prophets, yet they ran: I spake not unto them, yet they prophesied.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

World English Bible
I sent not these prophets, yet they ran: I didn't speak to them, yet they prophesied.

Young's Literal Translation
I have not sent the prophets, and they have run, I have not spoken unto them, and they have prophesied.
Study Bible
Lying Prophets
20"The anger of the LORD will not turn back Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart; In the last days you will clearly understand it. 21"I did not send these prophets, But they ran. I did not speak to them, But they prophesied. 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.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 14:14
Then the LORD said to me, "The prophets are prophesying falsehood in My name. I have neither sent them nor commanded them nor spoken to them; they are prophesying to you a false vision, divination, futility and the deception of their own minds.

Jeremiah 23:32
"Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams," declares the LORD, "and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 27:14
"So do not listen to the words of the prophets who speak to you, saying, 'You will not serve the king of Babylon,' for they prophesy a lie to you;

Jeremiah 27:15
for I have not sent them," declares the LORD, "but they prophesy falsely in My name, in order that I may drive you out and that you may perish, you and the prophets who prophesy to you."

Jeremiah 29:8
"For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Do not let your prophets who are in your midst and your diviners deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams which they dream.
Treasury of Scripture

I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran: I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied.

Jeremiah 23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, said the LORD, …

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

Jeremiah 27:15 For I have not sent them, said the LORD, yet they prophesy a lie …

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

Jeremiah 29:9,31 For they prophesy falsely to you in my name: I have not sent them, …

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and …

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has …

Acts 14:5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also …

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, …

(21) Yet they ran.--The image is that of messengers who rush eagerly, as from the king's council-chamber, on their self-appointed mission, without waiting for the command of the Master in whose name they profess to come. (Comp. the question, "Who will go for us?" in Isaiah 6:8.)

Verses 21, 22. - In vers. 17-20 Jeremiah has shown that these cannot be true prophets, because their message is diametrically opposed to the true revelation. He now proves it from the absence of any moral effect from their preaching. I have not sent these prophets, yet they ran,.... They might be sent of men, and be encouraged by them; but they were not sent of God: it is not only necessary that men employed in religious affairs should have an external call, in an orderly way, from the church of God; but also an internal call from the Lord himself; he qualifying them with gifts, putting his word into their mouths, and inclining their hearts to publish it; see Hebrews 5:4; but these false prophets had no mission nor commission from the Lord, nor were they sent on any errand, or with any message from him; and

yet they ran; showed great diligence and zeal, and made haste to tell the people what the Lord had never said to them, but what were the warm imaginations of their own heads and hearts; they ran a race or course of ministry, but it was not good, as in Jeremiah 23:10. The Targum adds,

"to do evil:''

I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied; wherefore what they prophesied was not the word of the Lord, but what they themselves devised; and so was what was false, as the Targum adds: it is a sad character of men when they speak in public neither by the will of God, nor according to the word of God. 21. sent … spoken—"sent" refers to the primary call: "spoken" to the subsequent charges given to be executed. A call is required, not only external, on the part of men, but also internal from God, that one should undertake a pastor's office [Calvin].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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