Jeremiah 23:22
New International Version
But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.

New Living Translation
If they had stood before me and listened to me, they would have spoken my words, and they would have turned my people from their evil ways and deeds.

English Standard Version
But if they had stood in my council, then they would have proclaimed my words to my people, and they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their deeds.

Berean Study Bible
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.”

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
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.

Christian Standard Bible
If they had really stood in my council, they would have enabled my people to hear my words and would have turned them from their evil ways and their evil deeds.

Contemporary English Version
If they had been in a meeting of my council in heaven, they would have told you people of Judah to give up your sins and come back to me.

Good News Translation
If they had known my secret thoughts, then they could have proclaimed my message to my people and could have made them give up the evil lives they live and the wicked things they do.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If they had really stood in My council, they would have enabled My people to hear My words and would have turned them back from their evil ways and their evil deeds.

International Standard Version
If they had stood in my council and had delivered my words to my people, then they would have turned them back from their evil way, from their evil deeds."

NET Bible
But if they had stood in my inner circle, they would have proclaimed my message to my people. They would have caused my people to turn from their wicked ways and stop doing the evil things they are doing.

New Heart English Bible
But if they had stood in my council, then had they caused my people to hear my words, and had turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If they had been in my inner circle, they would have announced my words to my people. They would have turned back from their evil ways and the evil they have done.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But if they have stood in My council, Then let them cause My people to hear My words, And turn them from their evil way, And from the evil of their doings.

New American Standard 1977
“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.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But if they had stood in my secret, they would also have caused my people to hear my words, and they would have caused them to return from their evil way and from the evil of their doings.

King James 2000 Bible
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.

American King James Version
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.

American Standard Version
But if they had stood in my council, then had they caused my people to hear my words, and had turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
But if they had stood in my counsel, and if they had hearkened to my words, then would they have turned my people from their evil practices.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If they stood in my counsel, and had made my words known to my people, I should have turned them from their evil way and from their wicked doings.

Darby Bible Translation
But if they had stood in my council, and had caused my people to hear my words, then would they have turned them from their evil way and from the wickedness of their doings.

English Revised Version
But if they had stood in my council, then had they caused my people to hear my words, and had turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

Webster's Bible Translation
But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they would have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

World English Bible
But if they had stood in my council, then had they caused my people to hear my words, and had turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

Young's Literal Translation
But -- if they stood in My counsel, Then they cause My people to hear My words, And they turn them back from their evil way, And from the evil of their doings.
Study Bible
Lying Prophets
21I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied. 22But 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.” 23“Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away?”…
Cross References
Jeremiah 9:12
Who is the man wise enough to understand this? To whom has the mouth of the LORD spoken, that he may explain it? Why is the land destroyed and scorched like a desert, so no one can pass through it?

Jeremiah 23:14
And among the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: They commit adultery and walk in lies. They strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns his back on wickedness. They are all like Sodom to Me; the people of Jerusalem are like Gomorrah."

Jeremiah 23:18
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?

Jeremiah 35:15
Time and time again I have sent you all My servants the prophets, proclaiming: 'Turn now, each of you, from your wicked ways, and correct your actions. Do not go after other gods to serve them. Live in the land that I have given to you and your fathers.' But you have not inclined your ear or listened to Me.

Ezekiel 13:5
You did not go up to the gaps or restore the wall around the house of Israel so that it would stand in the battle on the Day of the LORD.

Amos 3:7
Surely the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets.

Zechariah 1:4
Do not be like your forefathers, to whom the former prophets proclaimed: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: 'Turn now from your evil ways and your evil deeds.' But they did not listen or pay attention to Me, declares the LORD.

Malachi 2:6
True instruction was in his mouth, and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and uprightness, and he turned many from iniquity.

Treasury of Scripture

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.

if.

Jeremiah 23:18
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?

Ezekiel 2:7
And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.

Ezekiel 3:17
Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me.

then.

Jeremiah 25:5
They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:

Jeremiah 35:15
I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.

Jeremiah 36:3
It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.







Lexicon
But if
וְאִֽם־ (wə·’im-)
Conjunctive waw | Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

they had stood
עָמְד֖וּ (‘ā·mə·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5975: To stand, in various relations

in My council,
בְּסוֹדִ֑י (bə·sō·w·ḏî)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5475: A session, company of persons, intimacy, consultation, a secret

they would have proclaimed
וְיַשְׁמִ֤עוּ (wə·yaš·mi·‘ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

My words
דְבָרַי֙ (ḏə·ḇā·ray)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

to My people
עַמִּ֔י (‘am·mî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

and turned them back
וִֽישִׁבוּם֙ (wî·ši·ḇūm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Conjunctive imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7725: To turn back, in, to retreat, again

from their evil
הָרָ֔ע (hā·rā‘)
Article | Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7451: Bad, evil

ways
מִדַּרְכָּ֣ם (mid·dar·kām)
Preposition-m | Noun - common singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1870: A road, a course of life, mode of action

and evil
וּמֵרֹ֖עַ (ū·mê·rō·a‘)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7455: Badness, evil

deeds.”
מַֽעַלְלֵיהֶֽם׃ (ma·‘al·lê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4611: A deed, practice
(22) If they had stood in my counsel.--Better, as before, council. The test of the true mission is seen in results. Are the people better or worse for the prophet's work? What are the fruits of his teaching? (Comp. Matthew 7:20.) The question meets us, Is this always a test? Was Jeremiah's own work successful in this sense? Must not the true teacher speak "whether they [men] will hear, or whether they will forbear?" (Ezekiel 2:5.) The answer is found (1) in the fact that true teaching seldom fails altogether of its work; (2) that where it seems to fail it satisfies the other test, and at least stirs and rouses men from lethargy, even if it stirs them to antagonism. It is never satisfied with speaking smooth things and acquiescing in the evil that surrounds it.

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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