Jeremiah 23:18
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?

Berean Study Bible
But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and obeyed it?

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?

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?

Contemporary English Version
But I, the LORD, tell you that these prophets have never attended a meeting of my council in heaven or heard me speak.

Good News Translation
I said, "None of these prophets has ever known the LORD's secret thoughts. None of them has ever heard or understood his message, or ever listened or paid attention to what he said.

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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For who has stood in the counsel of the Lord, and seen his word? who has hearkened, and heard?

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
17They 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.’ 18But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and hear His word? Who has given heed to His word and obeyed it? 19Behold, the storm of the LORD has gone out in fury, a whirlwind swirling down upon the heads 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 listen in on God's council or limit wisdom to yourself?

Job 15:9
What do you know that we do not? What do you understand that is not clear to us?

Job 33:31
Pay attention, Job, and listen to me; be silent, and I will speak.

Jeremiah 23:22
But if they had stood in My council, they would have proclaimed My words to My people and turned them back from their evil ways and evil 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 hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

1 Kings 22:24
But Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah went near, and smote Micaiah on the cheek, and said, Which way went the Spirit of the LORD from me to speak unto thee?

Job 15:8-10
Hast thou heard the secret of God? and dost thou restrain wisdom to thyself? …

counsel.

Psalm 25:14
The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.

Amos 3:7
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.

John 15:15
Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.







Lexicon
But
כִּ֣י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

which of them
מִ֤י (mî)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

has stood
עָמַד֙ (‘ā·maḏ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

in the council
בְּס֣וֹד (bə·sō·wḏ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5475: A session, company of persons, intimacy, consultation, a secret

of the LORD
יְהוָ֔ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

to see
וְיֵ֖רֶא (wə·yê·re)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect Jussive - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7200: To see

and hear
וְיִשְׁמַ֣ע (wə·yiš·ma‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

His word?
דְּבָר֑וֹ (də·ḇā·rōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

Who
מִֽי־ (mî-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4310: Who?, whoever, in oblique construction with prefix, suffix

has given heed
הִקְשִׁ֥יב (hiq·šîḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7181: To prick up the ears, hearken

to His word
דְּבָר֖וֹ (də·ḇā·rōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

and obeyed it?
וַיִּשְׁמָֽע׃ (way·yiš·mā‘)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently
(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. 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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