Jeremiah 5:31
New International Version
The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?

New Living Translation
the prophets give false prophecies, and the priests rule with an iron hand. Worse yet, my people like it that way! But what will you do when the end comes?

English Standard Version
the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule at their direction; my people love to have it so, but what will you do when the end comes?

Berean Study Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it so, but what will you do in the end?”

New American Standard Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

King James Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Christian Standard Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it like this. But what will you do at the end of it?

Contemporary English Version
Prophets give their messages in the name of a false god, my priests don't want to serve me, and you--my own people--like it this way! But on the day of disaster, where will you turn for help?

Good News Translation
prophets speak nothing but lies; priests rule as the prophets command, and my people offer no objections. But what will they do when it all comes to an end?"

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it like this. But what will you do at the end of it?

International Standard Version
The prophets prophesy falsely, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the end?"

NET Bible
The prophets prophesy lies. The priests exercise power by their own authority. And my people love to have it this way. But they will not be able to help you when the time of judgment comes!

New Heart English Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Prophets prophesy lies. Priests rule under the prophets' directions, and my people love this. But what will you do in the end?"

JPS Tanakh 1917
The prophets prophesy in the service of falsehood, And the priests bear rule at their beck; And My people love to have it so; What then will ye do in the end thereof?

New American Standard 1977
The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule on their own authority; And My people love it so! But what will you do at the end of it?

Jubilee Bible 2000
The prophets prophesied falsely, and the priests bore rule by their hands; and my people love to have it so. What will ye do in the end thereof?

King James 2000 Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their own power; and my people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end?

American King James Version
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end thereof?

American Standard Version
the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Douay-Rheims Bible
The prophets prophesied falsehood, and the priests clapped their hands: and my people loved such things: what then shall be done in the end thereof?

Darby Bible Translation
the prophets prophesy falsehood, and the priests rule by their means; and my people love [to have it] so. But what will ye do in the end thereof?

English Revised Version
the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

Webster's Bible Translation
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?

World English Bible
The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority; and my people love to have it so. What will you do in the end of it?

Young's Literal Translation
The prophets have prophesied falsely, And the priests bear rule by their means, And My people have loved it so, And what do they at its latter end?
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Judgment Proclaimed
30A horrible and shocking thing has happened in the land. 31The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests rule by their own authority. My people love it so, but what will you do in the end?”
Cross References
Isaiah 43:27
Your first father sinned, and your spokesmen rebelled against Me.

Isaiah 47:7
You said, 'I will be queen forever.' You did not take these things to heart or consider their outcome.

Jeremiah 12:4
How long will the land mourn and the grass of every field be withered? Because of the evil of its residents, the animals and birds have been swept away, for the people have said, "He cannot see what our end will be."

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 26:7
The priests, the prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD,

Lamentations 4:13
But this was for the sins of her prophets and the guilt of her priests, who shed the blood of the righteous in her midst.

Lamentations 4:18
They stalked our every step, so that we could not walk in our streets. Our end drew near, our time ran out, for our end had come!

Ezekiel 13:6
They see false visions and speak lying divinations. They claim, "Thus declares the LORD," when the LORD did not send them; yet they wait for the fulfillment of their message.

Hosea 4:9
And it shall be like people, like priest. I will punish both of them for their ways and repay them for their deeds.

Hosea 6:10
In the house of Israel I have seen a horrible thing: There Ephraim practices prostitution and Israel is defiled.

Hosea 9:5
What will you do on the appointed day, on the Day of the LORD's feast?

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

The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will you do in the end thereof?

prophets.

Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said to me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: …

Jeremiah 23:25,26 I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, …

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

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

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

Matthew 7:15-17 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, …

2 Corinthians 11:13-15 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves …

2 Peter 2:1,2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

bear rule. or, take into their hand my people.

Isaiah 30:10,11 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not …

Micah 2:6,11 Prophesy you not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not …

John 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, …

2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power …

2 Timothy 4:3,4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; …

and what.

Jeremiah 4:30,31 And when you are spoiled, what will you do? Though you clothe yourself …

Jeremiah 22:22,23 The wind shall eat up all your pastors, and your lovers shall go …

Deuteronomy 32:29 O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would …

Isaiah 10:3 And what will you do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation …

Isaiah 20:6 And the inhabitant of this isle shall say in that day, Behold, such …

Isaiah 33:14 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness has surprised the hypocrites. …

Lamentations 1:9 Her filthiness is in her skirts; she remembers not her last end; …

Ezekiel 22:14 Can your heart endure, or can your hands be strong, in the days that …

Zephaniah 2:2,3 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, …







Lexicon
The prophets
הַנְּבִיאִ֞ים (han·nə·ḇî·’îm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5030: A spokesman, speaker, prophet

prophesy
נִבְּא֣וּ־ (nib·bə·’ū-)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5012: To prophesy, speak, by inspiration

falsely,
בַשֶּׁ֗קֶר (ḇaš·še·qer)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

and the priests
וְהַכֹּהֲנִים֙ (wə·hak·kō·hă·nîm)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3548: Priest

rule
יִרְדּ֣וּ (yir·dū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7287: To tread down, subjugate, to crumble off

by
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

their own authority.
יְדֵיהֶ֔ם (yə·ḏê·hem)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3027: A hand

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

love
אָ֣הֲבוּ (’ā·hă·ḇū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 157: To have affection f

it so,
כֵ֑ן (ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

but what
וּמַֽה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

will you do
תַּעֲשׂ֖וּ (ta·‘ă·śū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

in the end?”
לְאַחֲרִיתָֽהּ׃ (lə·’a·ḥă·rî·ṯāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 319: The last, end, the future, posterity
(31) Prophesy falsely.--Literally, with a lie, so in Jeremiah 20:6; Jeremiah 29:9.

Bear rule by their means.--Better, move at their hands, i.e., according to their direction (as in 1Chronicles 25:2; 2Chronicles 23:18. The Vulg. and LXX. translate The priests applauded with their hands. So taken, the words of Jeremiah make the priests follow the prophets, not the prophets the instruments of the priests. In Isaiah 9:15 the prophets are as "the tail," the basest element in the nation.

My people love to have it . . .--The words imply more than an acquiescence in evil, and describe an ethical condition like that of Romans 1:32. The final question implies that the people were running into a destruction which they would nave no power to avert.

Verse 31. - The prophets... the priests. (See on Jeremiah 2:26.) Bear rule by their means; rather, rule at their beck. (literally, at their hands, comp. Jeremiah 33:13; 1 Chronicles 25:2, 3; 2 Chronicles 23:18). An example of this interference of the false prophets with the priestly office is given by Jeremiah himself. (Jeremiah 29:24-26). My people love to have it so. Sometimes the prophets speak as if the governing classes alone were responsible for the sins and consequent calamities of their country. But Jeremiah here expressly declares that the governed were as much to blame as their governors.



5:19-31 Unhumbled hearts are ready to charge God with being unjust in their afflictions. But they may read their sin in their punishment. If men will inquire wherefore the Lord doeth hard things unto them, let them think of their sins. The restless waves obeyed the Divine decree, that they should not pass the sandy shores, which were as much a restraint as lofty mountains; but they burst all restraints of God's law, and were wholly gone into wickedness. Neither did they consider their interest. While the Lord, year after year, reserves to us the appointed weeks of harvest, men live on his bounty; yet they transgress against him. Sin deprives us of God's blessings; it makes the heaven as brass, and the earth as iron. Certainly the things of this world are not the best things; and we are not to think, that, because evil men prosper, God allows their practices. Though sentence against evil works is not executed speedily, it will be executed. Shall I not visit for these things? This speaks the certainty and the necessity of God's judgments. Let those who walk in bad ways consider that an end will come, and there will be bitterness in the latter end.
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