Jeremiah 23:25
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New International Version
"I have heard what the prophets say who prophesy lies in my name. They say, 'I had a dream! I had a dream!'

New Living Translation
"I have heard these prophets say, 'Listen to the dream I had from God last night.' And then they proceed to tell lies in my name.

English Standard Version
I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy lies in my name, saying, ‘I have dreamed, I have dreamed!’

Berean Study Bible
“I have heard the sayings of the prophets who prophesy lies in My name: ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’

New American Standard Bible
"I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, 'I had a dream, I had a dream!'

King James Bible
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

Christian Standard Bible
"I have heard what the prophets who prophesy a lie in my name have said: 'I had a dream! I had a dream!'

Contemporary English Version
These unfaithful prophets claim that I have given them a dream or a vision, and then they tell lies in my name.

Good News Translation
I know what those prophets have said who speak lies in my name and claim that I have given them my messages in their dreams.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"I have heard what the prophets who prophesy a lie in My name have said, 'I had a dream! I had a dream!'

International Standard Version
"I've heard what the prophets who prophesy lies in my name have said: 'I had a dream; I had a dream.'

NET Bible
The LORD says, "I have heard what those prophets who are prophesying lies in my name are saying. They are saying, 'I have had a dream! I have had a dream!'

New Heart English Bible
'I have heard what the prophets have said, who prophesy lies in my name, saying, "I have dreamed, I have dreamed."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"I've heard the prophets who speak lies in my name. They say, 'I had a dream! I had a dream!'

JPS Tanakh 1917
I have heard what the prophets have said, That prophesy lies in My name, saying: 'I have dreamed, I have dreamed.'

New American Standard 1977
“I have heard what the prophets have said who prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a dream, I had a dream!’

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have heard what those prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

King James 2000 Bible
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

American King James Version
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

American Standard Version
I have heard what the prophets have said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesylies in my name, and say: I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

Darby Bible Translation
I have heard what the prophets say, who prophesy falsehood in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

English Revised Version
I have heard what the prophets have said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

World English Bible
I have heard what the prophets have said, who prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

Young's Literal Translation
I have heard that which the prophets said, Who prophesy in My name falsehood, saying, 'I have dreamed, I have dreamed.'
Study Bible
Lying Prophets
24“Can a man hide in secret places where I cannot see him?” declares the LORD. “Do I not fill the heavens and earth?” declares the LORD. 25“I have heard the sayings of the prophets who prophesy lies in My name: ‘I had a dream! I had a dream!’ 26How long will this continue in the hearts of these prophets who prophesy falsehood, these prophets of the delusion of their own minds?…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the proper time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men's hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from God.

Numbers 12:6
He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, will reveal Myself to him in a vision, I will speak to him in a dream;

Jeremiah 8:6
I have listened and heard; they do not speak what is right. No one repents of his wickedness, asking, "What have I done?" Everyone has stayed his course like a horse charging into battle.

Jeremiah 14:14
"The prophets are prophesying lies in My name," the LORD replied. "I did not send them or appoint them or speak to them. They are prophesying to you a false vision, a worthless divination, the futility and delusion of their own minds.

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 23:32
"Indeed," declares the LORD, "I am against those who prophesy false dreams they tell to lead My people astray with their reckless lies. It was not I who sent or commanded them, and they are of no benefit at all to these people," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 27:10
For they prophesy to you a lie that will serve to remove you from your land; I will banish you and you will perish.

Jeremiah 27:15
For I have not sent them,' declares the LORD, 'and yet they are prophesying falsely in My name; therefore I will banish you and you will perish--you and the prophets who prophesy to you.'"

Jeremiah 29:8
For this is what the LORD of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: 'Do not be deceived by the prophets and diviners among you, and do not listen to the dreams you elicit from them.

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 22:28
Her prophets whitewash these deeds by false visions and lying divinations, saying, 'This is what the Lord GOD says,' when the LORD has not spoken.

Joel 2:28
And afterward, I will pour out My Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Zechariah 13:3
And if anyone still prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will say to him, 'You shall not remain alive, because you have spoken falsely in the name of the LORD.' When he prophesies, his father and mother who bore him will pierce him through.

Treasury of Scripture

I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.

heard.

Jeremiah 8:6 I listened and heard, but they spoke not aright: no man repented …

Jeremiah 13:27 I have seen your adulteries, and your neighings, the lewdness of …

Jeremiah 16:17 For my eyes are on all their ways: they are not hid from my face, …

Jeremiah 29:23 Because they have committed villainy in Israel, and have committed …

Psalm 139:2,4 You know my sitting down and my rising up, you understand my thought afar off…

Luke 12:3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light…

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight…

Revelation 2:23 And I will kill her children with death; and all the churches shall …

dreamed.

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

Jeremiah 29:8 For thus said the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Let not your …

Genesis 37:5,9 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brothers: and they …

Numbers 12:6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, …

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit …

Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the LORD …







(25) I have dreamed . . .--The words point to the form of the claim commonly made by the false prophets. Dreams took their place among the recognised channels of divine revelation (Genesis 40:8; Genesis 41:16; Joel 2:28; Daniel 7:1), but their frequent misuse by the false prophets brought them into discredit, and the teaching of Deuteronomy 13:1-5 accordingly brought the "dreamer of dreams" no less than the prophet to the test whether what he taught was in accordance with the law of Jehovah. The iteration of "I have dreamed" represents the affected solemnity with which the false prophets proclaimed their visions. Of the disparagement of dreams, consequent on this abuse, we have a striking example in Ecclesiastes 5:3, and later still in Ecclesiasticus 34:1-7.

Verse 25. - I have dreamed. Jeremiah mentions it as one of the marks of a false prophet that he appealed to his dreams (comp. Jeremiah 29:8); true prophecy contented itself with less ambiguous media of communication with the unseen world. It may be objected that Abraham (Genesis 15:12), at any rate, and Abimelech (Genesis 20:3) received Divine revelations in dreams; but these were not officially prophets. Nathan and the contemporaries of the author of Job had messages from God by night, but these are called, not dreams, but visions (2 Samuel 7:14, comp. 17; Job 4:13). Deuteronomy (and this is one of its striking points of agreement with Jeremiah) expressly describes a false prophet as "a dreamer of dreams" (Deuteronomy 13:1; comp. 1 Samuel 28:6). Two passages in the Old Testament seem inconsistent with this discouragement of dreams as a medium of revelation - Numbers 12:6, where the Lord is said to make himself known to prophets by visions and dreams, and Joel 2:28, where the prophetic dreams of the old men are one of the features of a Messianic description; but it is noteworthy that the first of these refers to the primitive period of Israel's history, and the second to the distant Messianic age. In its classical period prophecy kept itself sedulously aloof from a field on which it had such compromising companionship (comp. Ecclesiastes 5:7). I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name,.... Or, "I hear what the prophets say" (g), &c. though they thought God was at a distance from them, in the highest heavens, and neither saw, nor heard, nor took any notice of what was done on earth, they were greatly mistaken; he heard and observed with indignation the false doctrines and lying prophecies which they delivered out in his name to the people, whether in public or in private; for he is the Lord God omniscient and omnipresent; and therefore, though they deceived the people, they could not deceive him; who knew all their schemes and all their designs, from what principles they acted, and with what views;

saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed; not a common dream, but a divine dream; this was one way in which the Lord formerly made known his mind and will to his servants, Numbers 12:6; wherefore these false prophets, in imitation of the true ones, and in order to gain credit from the people, pretended they had a dream from the Lord, in which such and such things were revealed to them; and this is repeated by them for the greater certainty of it, and to raise the people's attention as to something very uncommon and extraordinary. So the Targum,

"saying, a word of prophecy has been shown to me in a dream.''

Now, though the people could not contradict them, or know any otherwise than as they might observe that they agreed not with the word of God, or with his will, as made known by the true prophets of the Lord; for if a man says he has dreamed so and so, another cannot say he has not; because no man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of a man that is in him; yet God, that knows all things, knew that these were all lies and impostures, and that they had never had a dream from him, or any revelation of his will in that way.

(g) "dicunt", Calvin, Cocceius. 25. dreamed—I have received a prophetic communication by dream (Nu 12:6; De 13:1, etc. Joe 2:28).23:23-32 Men cannot be hidden from God's all-seeing eye. Will they never see what judgments they prepare for themselves? Let them consider what a vast difference there is between these prophecies and those delivered by the true prophets of the Lord. Let them not call their foolish dreams Divine oracles. The promises of peace these prophets make are no more to be compared to God's promises than chaff to wheat. The unhumbled heart of man is like a rock; if not melted by the word of God as a fire, it will be broken to pieces by it as a hammer. How can they be long safe, or at all easy, who have a God of almighty power against them? The word of God is no smooth, lulling, deceitful message. And by its faithfulness it may certainly be distinguished from false doctrines.
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