The false happy prophets (Jer 23:16-23:18)

“Thus says Yahweh of hosts.

‘Do not listen

To the words of the prophets

Who prophesy to you.

They are deluding you.

They speak visions

Of their own minds.

These are not

From the mouth of Yahweh.

They keep saying

To those

Who despise the word of Yahweh.

‘It shall be well with you.’

To those

Who stubbornly follow

Their own stubborn hearts,

They say.

‘No calamity

Shall come upon you.’

Who has stood

In the council of Yahweh?

Were they able to see his word?

Were they able to hear his word?

Who has given heed to his word?

Who has proclaimed it?”

Yahweh, via Jeremiah, does not want the people to listen to the false prophets, because they are deluding the people with their lies and subjective visions. Their words are not from Yahweh. They keep telling people not to worry since everything will be okay, even though the people stubbornly follow their own hearts. They keep telling the people that no harm was going to come to them. These were the happy delusional prophets. Have they stood in the council of Yahweh? They never saw or heard the word of Yahweh. As they never followed the word of Yahweh, how were they able to proclaim it?

False pride (Isa 47:5-47:7)

“Sit in silence!

Go into darkness!

Daughter of the Chaldea!

You shall no more be called

The mistress of kingdoms.

I was angry with my people.

I profaned my heritage.

I gave them into your hand.

You showed them no mercy.

You make your yoke

Exceedingly heavy

On the aged.

You said.

‘I shall be mistress forever.’

You did not lay these things to heart.

You did not remember their end.”

Yahweh now tells the Chaldean Babylonians to go and sit in silent darkness. They no longer will be called mistress of kingdoms. Yahweh was mad at his own people, so he gave them over to the Babylonians. However, they have not shown any mercy to the Israelites. In fact, they made the work of the elderly harder and heavier. They thought that they would be the mistress of kingdoms forever. They failed to remember their end or to keep things in their own hearts.

The wicked will fall on their own sword (Ps 37:14-37:15)

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“The wicked draw the sword.

The wicked bend their bows.

They want to bring down the poor and needy.

They want to kill those who walk uprightly.

But their sword shall enter their own heart.

Their bows shall be broken.”

The wicked have their swords with bows and arrows. They are ready to bring down the poor and the needy. They wanted to kill all those who walked upright in the way of Yahweh. However, their own swords will enter their own hearts. They bows will be broken so that they cannot shoot any arrows.