Isaiah 30:10
New International Version
They say to the seers, "See no more visions!" and to the prophets, "Give us no more visions of what is right! Tell us pleasant things, prophesy illusions.

New Living Translation
They tell the seers, "Stop seeing visions!" They tell the prophets, "Don't tell us what is right. Tell us nice things. Tell us lies.

English Standard Version
who say to the seers, “Do not see,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us what is right; speak to us smooth things, prophesy illusions,

Berean Study Bible
They say to the seers, “No more visions,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us the truth. Speak to us pleasant words; prophesy illusions.

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Christian Standard Bible
They say to the seers, "Do not see," and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy the truth to us. Tell us flattering things. Prophesy illusions.

Contemporary English Version
and have said to his messengers and prophets: Don't tell us what God has shown you and don't preach the truth. Just say what we want to hear, even if it's false.

Good News Translation
They tell the prophets to keep quiet. They say, "Don't talk to us about what's right. Tell us what we want to hear. Let us keep our illusions.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They say to the seers, "Do not see," and to the prophets," Do not prophesy the truth to us. Tell us flattering things. Prophesy illusions.

International Standard Version
They say to the seers, 'Don't see visions,' and to the prophets, 'Don't give us visions of what is right! Instead, tell us welcome things, prophesy illusions,

NET Bible
They say to the visionaries, "See no more visions!" and to the seers, "Don't relate messages to us about what is right! Tell us nice things, relate deceptive messages.

New Heart English Bible
who tell the seers, "Do not see for us," and to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us right things. Tell us pleasant things. Prophesy deceits.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They say to the seers, 'Don't see [the future].' They say to those who have visions, 'Don't have visions that tell us what is right. Tell us what we want to hear. See illusions.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That say to the seers: 'See not', And to the prophets: 'Prophesy not unto us right things, Speak unto us smooth things, prophesy delusions;

New American Standard 1977
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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who say to those that see, See not; and to the prophets, Do not prophesy right things unto us, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

King James 2000 Bible
Who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

American King James Version
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

American Standard Version
that say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
who say to the prophets, Report not to us; and to them that see visions, Speak them not to us, but speak and report to us another error;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who say to the seers: See not: and to them that behold: Behold not for us those things that are right: speak unto us pleasant things, see errors for us.

Darby Bible Translation
who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things; speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits;

English Revised Version
which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

Webster's Bible Translation
Who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

World English Bible
who tell the seers, "Don't see!" and to the prophets, "Don't prophesy to us right things. Tell us pleasant things. Prophesy deceits.

Young's Literal Translation
Who have said to seers, 'Ye do not see,' And to prophets, 'Ye do not prophesy to us Straightforward things, Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits,
Study Bible
The Worthless Treaty with Egypt
9These are a rebellious people, deceitful children, children unwilling to obey the LORD’s instruction. 10They say to the seers, “No more visions,” and to the prophets, “Do not prophesy to us the truth. Speak to us pleasant words; prophesy illusions. 11Get out of the way; leave the pathway. Rid us of the Holy One of Israel.”…
Cross References
Romans 16:18
For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.

2 Timothy 4:3
For the time will come when men will not tolerate sound doctrine, but with itching ears they will gather around themselves teachers to suit their own desires.

2 Timothy 4:4
So they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

1 Samuel 9:9
(Formerly in Israel, a man on his way to inquire of God would say, "Come, let us go to the seer," for the prophet of today was formerly called the seer.)

1 Kings 22:8
The king of Israel answered, "There is still one man who can ask the LORD, but I hate him because he never prophesies anything good for me, but only bad. He is Micaiah son of Imlah." "The king should not say that!" Jehoshaphat replied.

1 Kings 22:13
Then the messenger who had gone to call Micaiah instructed him, "Behold now, with one accord the words of the prophets are favorable to the king. So please let your words be like theirs, and speak favorably."

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter.

Isaiah 29:10
For the LORD has poured out on you a spirit of deep sleep; He has shut your eyes, O prophets, and covered your heads, O seers.

Jeremiah 6:14
They have dressed the wound of My people with very little care, saying, 'Peace, peace,' when there is no peace at all.

Jeremiah 11:21
Therefore, this is what the LORD says concerning the people of Anathoth who are seeking your life and saying, "You must not prophesy in the name of the LORD, or you will die by our hand."

Jeremiah 23:17
They keep saying to those who despise Me, 'The LORD says that you will have peace,' and to everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, 'No harm will come to you.'

Jeremiah 23:26
How long will this continue in the hearts of these prophets who prophesy falsehood, these prophets of the delusion of their own minds?

Jeremiah 36:29
You are to proclaim concerning Jehoiakim king of Judah that this is what the LORD says: You have burned the scroll and said, 'Why have you written on it that the king of Babylon would surely come and destroy this land and deprive it of man and beast?'

Ezekiel 13:7
Have you not seen a false vision and spoken a lying divination when you proclaimed, "Thus declares the LORD," even though I had not spoken?'

Amos 2:12
"But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.

Amos 7:13
but never prophesy at Bethel again, because it is the sanctuary of the king and the temple of the kingdom."

Micah 2:6
"Do not preach," they preach. "Do not preach these things; disgrace will not overtake us."

Micah 2:11
If a man of wind were to come and say falsely, "I will preach to you of wine and strong drink," he would be just the preacher for this people!

Treasury of Scripture

Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits:

say

1 Kings 21:20
And Ahab said to Elijah, Hast thou found me, O mine enemy? And he answered, I have found thee: because thou hast sold thyself to work evil in the sight of the LORD.

2 Chronicles 16:10
Then Asa was wroth with the seer, and put him in a prison house; for he was in a rage with him because of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people the same time.

2 Chronicles 18:7-27
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil: the same is Micaiah the son of Imla. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so…

speak

1 Kings 22:8-13,27
And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may inquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil. And Jehoshaphat said, Let not the king say so…

Jeremiah 6:13,14
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely…

Jeremiah 8:10,11
Therefore will I give their wives unto others, and their fields to them that shall inherit them: for every one from the least even unto the greatest is given to covetousness, from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely…







Lexicon
They
אֲשֶׁ֨ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's Hebrew 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

say
אָמְר֤וּ (’ā·mə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

to the seers,
תִרְא֔וּ (ṯir·’ū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

“No more
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

visions,”
לָֽרֹאִים֙ (lā·rō·’îm)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

and to the prophets,
וְלַ֣חֹזִ֔ים (wə·la·ḥō·zîm)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2374: A beholder in vision, a compact

“Do not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

prophesy
תֶחֱזוּ־ (ṯe·ḥĕ·zū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2372: To gaze at, to perceive, contemplate, to have a, vision of

to us
לָ֖נוּ (lā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew

the truth.
נְכֹח֑וֹת (nə·ḵō·ḥō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5229: Straightforwardness, integrity, a truth

Speak
דַּבְּרוּ־ (dab·bə·rū-)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to us
לָ֣נוּ (lā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew

pleasant words;
חֲלָק֔וֹת (ḥă·lā·qō·wṯ)
Adjective - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2513: Smoothness, flattery, an allotment

prophesy
מַהֲתַלּֽוֹת׃ (ma·hă·ṯal·lō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2372: To gaze at, to perceive, contemplate, to have a, vision of

illusions.
חֲז֖וּ (ḥă·zū)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4123: A delusion
Verse 10. - Which say, etc. Not, of course, directly, in so many words. But indirectly they let it be understood that this was what they wished. Compare the advice given to Micaiah by Ahab's messenger, who, no doubt, correctly interpreted the wishes of the monarch and his nobles (1 Kings 22:13). Seers... prophets. Not two classes of persons, but two names for the same class. The" parallelism" of Hebrew poetry leads to the constant employment of synonymous clauses. Right things; i.e. the truth in all its plainness. Smooth things; i.e. soft, pleasant announcements. Deceits; or, illusions (comp. Jeremiah 9:5, "They will deceive" or "mock" - where we have the same root). 30:8-18 The Jews were the only professing people God then had in the world, yet many among them were rebellious. They had the light, but they loved darkness rather. The prophets checked them in their sinful pursuits, so that they could not proceed without fear; this they took amiss. But faithful ministers will not be driven from seeking to awaken sinners. God is the Holy One of Israel, and so they shall find him. They did not like to hear of his holy commandments and his hatred of sin; they desired that they might no more be reminded of these things. But as they despised the word of God, their sins undermined their safety. Their state would be dashed in pieces like a potter's vessel. Let us return from our evil ways, and settle in the way of duty; that is the way to be saved. Would we be strengthened, it must be in quietness and in confidence, keeping peace in our own minds, and relying upon God. They think themselves wiser than God; but the project by which they thought to save themselves was their ruin. Only here and there one shall escape, as a warning to others. If men will not repent, turn to God, and seek happiness in his favour and service, their desires will but hasten their ruin. Those who make God alone their confidence, will have comfort. God ever waits to be gracious to all that come to him by faith in Christ, and happy are those who wait for him.
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