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The Word Shepherds can be translated: Pastors or Rulers.
This is a clear warning to the corrupt Religious and Political leaders
of our so called Christian nations.
Woe unto the shepherds that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture! says Jehovah.
Therefore thus says Jehovah, the God of Israel, against the shepherds that feed my people:
You have scattered My flock, and
driven them away, and
have not visited them;
behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, says Jehovah.
And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all the countries whither I have driven them,
and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and multiply.
And I will set up shepherds over them, who shall feed them; and they shall fear no more,
nor be dismayed, neither shall any be lacking, says Jehovah.
Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch,
and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely;
and this is his name whereby he shall be called: Jehovah our righteousness.
Therefore, behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that they shall no more say,
As Jehovah lives, who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
but, As Jehovah lives, who brought up and who led the seed of the house of Israel
out of the north country, and from all the countries whither I had driven them.
And they shall dwell in their own land.
Concerning the prophets.
My heart within me is broken, all my bones shake;
I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of Jehovah,
and because of his holy words.
For the land is full of adulterers; for
because of swearing the land mourns;
the pastures of the wilderness are dried up.
And their course is evil,
and their might is not right;
for both prophet and priest are profane;
yes, in my house have I found their wickedness, says Jehovah.
Wherefore their way shall be unto them as slippery places in the darkness:
they shall be driven on, and fall therein;
for I will bring evil upon them,
even the year of their visitation, says Jehovah.
And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied by Baal,
and caused my people Israel to err.
In the prophets of Jerusalem also I have seen a horrible thing:
they commit adultery,
and walk in lies;
and they strengthen the hands of evil-doers,
so that none doth return from his wickedness:
they are all of them become unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Therefore thus says Jehovah of hosts concerning the prophets:
Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall;
for from the prophets of Jerusalem is ungodliness gone forth into all the land.
Thus says Jehovah of hosts,
Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you:
they teach you vanity;
they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of Jehovah.
They say continually unto them that despise me,
Jehovah hath said, Ye shall have peace; and unto every one that walks in the stubbornness
of his own heart they say, No evil shall come upon you.
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?
Behold, the tempest of Jehovah, even his wrath, is gone forth, yes, a whirling tempest:
it shall burst upon the head of the wicked.
The anger of Jehovah shall not return, until he have executed,
and till he have performed the intents of his heart:
in the latter days ye shall understand it perfectly.
I sent not these prophets, yet they ran:
I did not speak to them, yet they prophesied.
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.
Am I a God at hand, says Jehovah, and not a God afar off?
Can any hide himself in secret places so that I shall not see him?
Jehovah says. Do not I fill heaven and earth? says Jehovah.
I have heard what the prophets have said,
that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.
How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies,
even the prophets of the deceit of their own heart?
that think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man
to his neighbour, as their fathers forgot my name for Baal.
The prophet that has a dream, let him tell a dream;
and he that has my word, let him speak my word faithfully.
What is the straw to the wheat? says Jehovah.
Is not my word like fire? says Jehovah;
and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?
Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, says Jehovah,
that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
Behold, I am against the prophets, says Jehovah, that use their tongues,
and say, He says.
Behold, I am against them that prophesy lying dreams, says Jehovah, and do tell them,
and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their vain boasting:
yet I sent them not, nor commanded them;
neither do they profit this people at all, says Jehovah.
Jeremiah Chapter 23 1-32
The only way out of this dilemma is Jesus Christ.
He is the only way of escape.
Praise the Lord.
Come soon Lord Jesus.
(Bible Explanations, Messages of Life, Hope & Encouragement)