The false prophets of peace (Ezek 13:15-13:16)

“‘Thus will I spend

My wrath

Upon the wall.

I will spend

My wrath

Upon those

Who have smeared it

With whitewash.

I will say to you.

The wall is no more.

Those who smeared it,

Are no more.

The prophets of Israel,

Who prophesied

Concerning Jerusalem,

Saw visions of peace

For it,

When there was no peace.’

Says Yahweh God.”

Yahweh said that he has spent his wrath on the wall and those who smeared it with whitewash. The wall is gone. It is no more. Neither are those who smeared it. They both have been destroyed. Those false Israelite prophets who saw visions of peace for Jerusalem would not see peace. Thus Yahweh has spoken via Ezekiel.

 

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Yahweh will destroy the wall (Ezek 13:13-13:14)

“Therefore

Thus says Yahweh God.

‘In my wrath,

I will make

A stormy wind

Break out.

In my anger,

There will be

A deluge of rain.

In my wrath,

There will be

Hailstones

To destroy it.

I will break down

The wall

That you have smeared

With whitewash.

I will

Bring it

To the ground,

So that its foundation

Will be laid bare.

When it falls,

You shall perish

Within it.

You shall know

That I am Yahweh.’”

Yahweh said that he was angry about the whitewashed wall. He was going to send stormy wind, pouring rain, and hailstones to destroy this smeared whitewashed wall. He was going to bring it to the ground and bare its foundations. In fact, the people would perish inside the walls. They all would learn that he, Yahweh, was God.

The whitewashed wall (Ezek 13:10-13:12)

“Because,

In truth,

They have misled

My people.

They said.

‘Peace,’

When there is no peace.

When the people

Build a wall,

These prophets smear

Whitewash on it.

Say to those

Who smear whitewash

On it

That it shall fall!

There will be

A deluge of rain.

Great hailstones

Will fall.

A stormy wind

Will break out.

When the wall falls,

Will it not be said

To you?

‘Where is the whitewash

You smeared on it?’”

These false prophets misled the people of Jerusalem about building a wall. These false prophets talked peace, when there was no peace. When the people built a wall, these prophets smeared whitewash on it. However, their actions would fail. There would be rain, hailstones, and stormy winds, so that the wall would fall. Then they would be asked what happened to the whitewash that was smeared on the wall.