Ezekiel 13:3
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New International Version
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!

New Living Translation
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: What sorrow awaits the false prophets who are following their own imaginations and have seen nothing at all!'

English Standard Version
Thus says the Lord GOD, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Berean Study Bible
This is what the Lord GOD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, yet have seen nothing.

New American Standard Bible
'Thus says the Lord GOD, "Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing.

King James Bible
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Christian Standard Bible
This is what the Lord GOD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing.

Contemporary English Version
I, the LORD God, say those lying prophets are doomed! They don't see visions--they make up their own messages!

Good News Translation
This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "These foolish prophets are doomed! They provide their own inspiration and invent their own visions.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is what the Lord GOD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing.

International Standard Version
"This is what the Lord GOD says, 'How terrible it will be for the false prophets who walk according to their own wrong inclinations and see nothing.

NET Bible
This is what the sovereign LORD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit but have seen nothing!

New Heart English Bible
Thus says the Lord GOD, "Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
" 'This is what the Almighty LORD says: How horrible it will be for the foolish prophets. They follow their own ideas, and they have seen nothing.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thus saith the Lord GOD: Woe unto the vile prophets, that follow their own spirit, and things which they have not seen!

New American Standard 1977
‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
thus hath the Lord GOD said: Woe unto the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!

King James 2000 Bible
Thus says the Lord GOD; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

American King James Version
Thus said the Lord GOD; Woe to the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

American Standard Version
Thus saith the Lord Jehovah, Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thus saith the Lord God: Woe to the foolish prophets that follow their own spirit, and see nothing.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

English Revised Version
Thus saith the Lord GOD: Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus saith the Lord GOD; Woe to the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

World English Bible
Thus says the Lord Yahweh, Woe to the foolish prophets, who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Young's Literal Translation
Thus said the Lord Jehovah: Woe unto the prophets who are foolish, Who are going after their own spirit, And they have seen nothing.
Study Bible
The Reproof of False Prophets
2“Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who are now prophesying. Tell those who prophesy out of their own imagination: ‘Hear the word of the LORD! 3This is what the Lord GOD says: Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, yet have seen nothing. 4Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among the ruins.…
Cross References
Jeremiah 23:1
"Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of My pasture!" declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:16
This is what the LORD of Hosts says: "Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They are filling you with false hopes. They speak visions from their own minds, not from the mouth of the LORD.

Jeremiah 23:28
Let the prophet who has a dream retell it, but let him who has My word speak it truthfully. For what is straw compared to grain? declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 28:15
Then the prophet Jeremiah said to the prophet Hananiah, "Listen, Hananiah! The LORD did not send you, but you have persuaded this people to trust in a lie.

Lamentations 2:14
The visions of your prophets were empty and deceptive; they did not expose your guilt to ward off your captivity. The oracles they saw for you were empty and misleading.

Ezekiel 13:4
Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among the ruins.

Hosea 9:7
The days of punishment have come; the days of retribution have arrived--let Israel know it. The prophet is called a fool, and the inspired man insane, because of the greatness of your iniquity and hostility.

Zechariah 11:15
And the LORD said to me: "Take up once more the equipment of a foolish shepherd.

Treasury of Scripture

Thus said the Lord GOD; Woe to the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!

Woe

Ezekiel 13:18 And say, Thus said the Lord GOD; Woe to the women that sew pillows …

Ezekiel 34:2 Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and …

Jeremiah 23:1 Woe be to the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! …

Matthew 23:13-29 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you shut up …

Luke 11:42-47,52 But woe to you, Pharisees! for you tithe mint and rue and all manner …

1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity …

foolish

Proverbs 15:2,14 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools …

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

Hosea 9:7 The days of visitation are come, the days of recompense are come; …

Zechariah 11:15 And the LORD said to me, Take to you yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

Matthew 23:16-26 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

Luke 11:40 You fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which …

1 Timothy 6:4 He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes …

2 Timothy 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest …

follow [heb] walk after
have seen nothing. or, things which they have not seen

Ezekiel 13:6,7 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The LORD said: …

Jeremiah 23:28-32 The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that has …







(3) Foolish prophets.--They were certainly foolish who undertook to forge the name of the Omniscient, as it were, to utterances of their own devising. Folly according to the use of the word in the Old Testament, was not merely an intellectual failing, but was always associated with moral obliquity. (See Psalm 14:1, and Proverbs throughout.) The last clause of the verse is better expressed in the margin: these prophets were. "seers of that which they have not seen."

Thus saith the Lord God, woe unto the foolish prophets,.... The false prophets, as the Targum; who are foolish, as all are who are not sent of God, and furnished by him with wisdom and knowledge, and who prophesy out of their own hearts; for what else but folly can proceed from thence? this must be a great mortification to these prophets to be called foolish, when they reckoned themselves wise men, being vainly puffed up in their fleshly minds, and were accounted so by others; but what is wisdom with men is foolishness with God:

that follow their own spirit; or "walk after it" (c); and not the Spirit of God, who leads into all truth; they pretended to a spirit of prophecy, but it was their own spirit and the dictates of it they followed, and not the Spirit of the Lord; and therefore it is no wonder that they prophesied false things, and led the people wrong; as all such teachers do, who give way to their own fancies and imaginations, and forsake the word of God, and do not implore the assistance and teachings of the blessed Spirit:

and have seen nothing; no vision, as the Syriac version renders it; they pretended to have revelations of things future from the Lord, but they had none; what they saw were vain visions and lying divinations, and were as nothing, and worse than nothing; yea, they said what they never saw.

(c) "qui ambulant post spiritm suum": Pagninus, Calvin, Cocceius, Starckius. 3. foolish—though vaunting as though exclusively possessing "wisdom" (1Co 1:19-21); the fear of God being the only beginning of wisdom (Ps 111:10).

their own spirit—instead of the Spirit of God. A threefold distinction lay between the false and the true prophets: (1) The source of their messages respectively; of the false, "their own hearts"; of the true, an object presented to the spiritual sense (named from the noblest of the senses, a seeing) by the Spirit of God as from without, not produced by their own natural powers of reflection. The word, the body of the thought, presented itself not audibly to the natural sense, but directly to the spirit of the prophet; and so the perception of it is properly called a seeing, he perceiving that which thereafter forms itself in his soul as the cover of the external word [Delitzsch]; hence the peculiar expression, "seeing the word of God" (Isa 2:1; 13:1; Am 1:1; Mic 1:1). (2) The point aimed at; the false "walking after their own spirit"; the true, after the Spirit of God. (3) The result; the false saw nothing, but spake as if they had seen; the true had a vision, not subjective, but objectively real [Fairbairn]. A refutation of those who set the inward word above the objective, and represent the Bible as flowing subjectively from the inner light of its writers, not from the revelation of the Holy Ghost from without. "They are impatient to get possession of the kernel without its fostering shell—they would have Christ without the Bible" [Bengel].13:1-9 Where God gives a warrant to do any thing, he gives wisdom. What they delivered was not what they had seen or heard, as that is which the ministers of Christ deliver. They were not praying prophets, had no intercourse with Heaven; they contrived how to please people, not how to do them good; they stood not against sin. They flattered people into vain hopes. Such widen the breach, by causing men to think themselves deserving of eternal life, when the wrath of God abides upon them.
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