Jeremiah 23:21
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English Standard Version
“I did not send the prophets, yet they ran; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.

King James Bible
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.

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.

Jeremiah 23:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

To display the vileness of the prophets, these are parallelized with the prophets of Samaria. The latter did foolishly (תּפלה, prop. of that which is unsalted, insipid, Job 6:6, hence irrational, insulsum), since they prophesied, being inspired by Baal the no-god, and by such prophesying led the people into error; cf. 1 Kings 18:19. Much more horrible is the conduct of the prophets of Jerusalem, who commit adultery, walk in lying, and strengthen the wicked in their wickedness, not merely by their delusive pretences (cf. Jeremiah 23:17, Jeremiah 6:14; Jeremiah 14:13), but also by their immoral lives, so that no one turns from his wickedness, cf. Ezekiel 13:22. לבלתּי is here and in Jeremiah 27:18, as in Exodus 20:20, construed, contrary to the usage everywhere else, not with the infin., but with the verb. fin. As the prophets, instead of converting the wicked, only confirmed them in their sins, therefore all the inhabitants of Judah or Jerusalem are become as corrupt as Sodom and Gomorrah. "They all" are not the prophets, but the inhabitants of Judah or Jerusalem; and "the inhabitants thereof" are those of the capital, cf. Deuteronomy 32:32; Isaiah 1:10. On the seducers the Lord will therefore inflict punishment, because impiousness has gone forth from them over the whole land. With the punishment threatened in Jeremiah 23:15, cf. Jeremiah 9:14.

Jeremiah 23:21 Parallel Commentaries

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Jeremiah 23:32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, said the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies...

Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spoke to them...

Jeremiah 27:15 For I have not sent them, said the LORD, yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that you might perish, you...

Jeremiah 28:15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, Hananiah; The LORD has not sent you...

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

Isaiah 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.

John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be to you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you.

Acts 14:5 And when there was an assault made both of the Gentiles, and also of the Jews with their rulers, to use them spitefully...

Romans 10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace...

Cross References
Jeremiah 14:14
And the LORD said to me: "The prophets are prophesying lies in my name. I did not send them, nor did I command them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a lying vision, worthless divination, and the deceit of their own minds.

Jeremiah 23:32
Behold, I am against those who prophesy lying dreams, declares the LORD, and who tell them and lead my people astray by their lies and their recklessness, when I did not send them or charge them. So they do not profit this people at all, declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 27:14
Do not listen to the words of the prophets who are saying to you, 'You shall not serve the king of Babylon,' for it is a lie that they are prophesying to you.

Jeremiah 27:15
I have not sent them, declares the LORD, but they are prophesying falsely in my name, with the result that I will drive you out and you will perish, you and the prophets who are prophesying to you."

Jeremiah 29:8
For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let your prophets and your diviners who are among you deceive you, and do not listen to the dreams that they dream,

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