Micah 2:11
New International Version
If a liar and deceiver comes and says, 'I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,' that would be just the prophet for this people!

New Living Translation
Suppose a prophet full of lies would say to you, "I'll preach to you the joys of wine and alcohol!" That's just the kind of prophet you would like!

English Standard Version
If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,” he would be the preacher for this people!

Berean Study Bible
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!

New American Standard Bible
"If a man walking after wind and falsehood Had told lies and said, 'I will speak out to you concerning wine and liquor,' He would be spokesman to this people.

King James Bible
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

Christian Standard Bible
If a man comes and utters empty lies--"I will preach to you about wine and beer"--he would be just the preacher for this people!

Contemporary English Version
The only prophet you want is a liar who will say, "Drink and get drunk!"

Good News Translation
"These people want the kind of prophet who goes around full of lies and deceit and says, 'I prophesy that wine and liquor will flow for you.'

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If a man of wind comes and invents lies:" I will preach to you about wine and beer," he would be just the preacher for this people!

International Standard Version
Suppose a man who keeps company with a deceiving spirit prophesies like this: 'Drink wine and strong drink!' Won't the people accept him as a prophet?"

NET Bible
If a lying windbag should come and say, 'I'll promise you blessings of wine and beer,' he would be just the right preacher for these people!

New Heart English Bible
If a man walking in a spirit of falsehood lies: "I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink;" he would be the prophet of this people.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Liars and frauds may go around and say, "We will preach to you about wine and liquor." They would be just the type of preacher you want.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If a man walking in wind and falsehood do lie: 'I will preach unto thee of wine and of strong drink'; He shall even be the preacher of this people.

New American Standard 1977
“If a man walking after wind and falsehood Had told lies and said, ‘I will speak out to you concerning wine and liquor,’ He would be spokesman to this people.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If there is one walking in the spirit of falsehood, he shall lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

King James 2000 Bible
If a man walking in the spirit of falsehood does lie, saying, I will prophesy unto you of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

American King James Version
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

American Standard Version
If a man walking in a spirit of falsehood do lie,'saying , I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
ye have fled, no one pursuing you: thy spirit has framed falsehood, it has dropped on thee for wine and strong drink. But it shall come to pass, that out of the dropping of this people,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Would God I were not a man that hath the spirit, and that I rather spoke a lie: I will let drop to thee of wine, and of drunkenness: and it shall be this people upon whom it shall drop.

Darby Bible Translation
If a man walking in wind and falsehood do lie, [saying,] I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink, he shall be the prophet of this people.

English Revised Version
If a man walking in wind and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

Webster's Bible Translation
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood doth lie, saying, I will prophesy to thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

World English Bible
If a man walking in a spirit of falsehood lies: "I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink;" he would be the prophet of this people.

Young's Literal Translation
If one is going with the wind, And with falsehood hath lied: 'I prophesy to thee of wine, and of strong drink,' He hath been the prophet of this people!
Study Bible
The False Prophets
10Arise and depart, for this is not your place of rest, because its defilement brings destruction—a grievous destruction! 11If 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!
Cross References
Job 31:5
If I have walked in falsehood or my foot has rushed to deceit,

Proverbs 25:14
Like clouds and wind without rain is the man who boasts of gifts never given.

Isaiah 28:7
These also stagger from wine and stumble from strong drink: Priests and prophets reel from strong drink and are befuddled by wine. They stumble because of strong drink, muddled in their visions and stumbling in their judgments.

Isaiah 30:10
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.

Isaiah 30:11
Get out of the way; leave the pathway. Rid us of the Holy One of Israel."

Jeremiah 5:31
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?"

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.'

Hosea 7:14
They do not cry out to Me from their hearts when they wail upon their beds. They slash themselves for grain and new wine, but turn away from Me.

Treasury of Scripture

If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

a man.

1 Kings 13:18
He said unto him, I am a prophet also as thou art; and an angel spake unto me by the word of the LORD, saying, Bring him back with thee into thine house, that he may eat bread and drink water. But he lied unto him.

1 Kings 22:21-23
And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him…

2 Chronicles 18:19-22
And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one spake saying after this manner, and another saying after that manner…

Micah 3:5,11
Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him…

1 Kings 22:6
Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four hundred men, and said unto them, Shall I go against Ramothgilead to battle, or shall I forbear? And they said, Go up; for the Lord shall deliver it into the hand of the king.

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…

he shall.

Isaiah 30:10,11
Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: …

Jeremiah 5:31
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?

2 Thessalonians 2:11
And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:







Lexicon
If
לוּ־ (lū-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 3863: If, would that!

a man
אִ֞ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

of wind
ר֙וּחַ֙ (rū·aḥ)
Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 7307: Wind, breath, exhalation, life, anger, unsubstantiality, a region of the sky, spirit

were to come
הֹלֵ֥ךְ (hō·lêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1980: To go, come, walk

and say
כִּזֵּ֔ב (kiz·zêḇ)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3576: To lie, be a liar

falsely,
וָשֶׁ֣קֶר (wā·še·qer)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8267: Deception, disappointment, falsehood

“I will preach
אַטִּ֣ף (’aṭ·ṭip̄)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5197: To ooze, distil gradually, to fall in drops, to speak by inspiration

to you
לְךָ֔ (lə·ḵā)
Preposition | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew

of wine
לַיַּ֖יִן (lay·ya·yin)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3196: Wine, intoxication

and strong drink,”
וְלַשֵּׁכָ֑ר (wə·laš·šê·ḵār)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7941: An intoxicant, intensely alcoholic liquor

he would be
וְהָיָ֥ה (wə·hā·yāh)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

just the preacher
מַטִּ֖יף (maṭ·ṭîp̄)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 5197: To ooze, distil gradually, to fall in drops, to speak by inspiration

for this
הַזֶּֽה׃ (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

people!
הָעָ֥ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock
(11) If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood--i.e., in a lying spirit, speaking smooth and pleasant things, such as the people loved to hear, after the fashion of Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah--he will be a fit prophet for this people. So also Jeremiah spake: "The prophets prophesy falsely. . . . and my people love to have it so; and what will ye do in the end thereof?" (Jeremiah 5:31).

Verse 11. - Such prophets as speak unwelcome truths are not popular with the grandees; they like only these who pander to their vices and prophesy lies. This was their crowning sin. If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie. "The spirit and falsehood" may be a hendiadys for "a spirit of falsehood," or "a lying spirit," as 1 Kings 22:22 (comp. Ezekiel 13:2, 3, 17). But it is better to render, If a man walking after (conversant with) the wind and falsehood do lie. Wind is symbolical of all that is vain and worthless, as Isaiah 26:18; Isaiah 41:29. The Septuagint introduces a gloss from Leviticus 26:17, Κατεδιώχθητε οὐδενὸς διώκοντος, "Ye fled, no one pursuing you," and translates the above clause, πνεῦμα ἔστησε ψεῦδος: "spiritus statuit mendacium, i.e. finem posuit mendacii" (St. Jerome); Vulgate, Utinam non essem vir habens spiritum et mendacium potius loquerer. I will prophesy unto thee, etc. These are the words of a false prophet, "Prophesy," "drop," as ver. 6. Of vine and of strong drink. Concerning temporal blessings, dwelling on God's promises of material prosperity (Leviticus 26:4, etc.; Deuteronomy 28:4, 11) in order to encourage the grandees in self-indulgence. He shall even be the prophet of this people. Such a one is the only prophet to whom the great men, the representatives of "this people," will listen. 2:6-11 Since they say, Prophesy not, God will take them at their word, and their sin shall be their punishment. Let the physician no longer attend the patient that will not be healed. Those are enemies, not only to God, but to their country, who silence good ministers, and stop the means of grace. What bonds will hold those who have no reverence for God's word? Sinners cannot expect to rest in a land they have polluted. You shall not only be obliged to depart out of this land, but it shall destroy you. Apply this to our state in this present world. There is corruption in the world through lust, and we should keep at a distance from it. It is not our rest: it was designed for our passage, but not for our portion; our inn, but not our home; here we have no continuing city; let us therefore arise and depart, let us seek a continuing city above. Since they will be deceived, let them be deceived. Teachers who recommend self-indulgence by their doctrine and example, best suit such sinners.
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