Ezekiel 13: False
prophets & prophetesses condemned
Comment: In Part 1, the denunciation
of the false prophets takes a somewhat expected
line denouncing ‘words' that were not from God but is given a
visual impact by talk of flimsy walls [v.10] that we suggest are
false assurances, and whitewashed coverings [v.11] that we suggest
are one another bolstering up each other's lies. The Lord will
devastatingly destroy these assurances [v.13-15].
Part 2, the women prophesying
are denounced for making themselves look spiritual [v.18] for
gain [v.19] and again, declaring lies [v.17,19b], therefore the
Lord will strip them of their spiritual appearances [v.20,21]
and because they have twisted the truth [v.22] He will deal severely
with them [v.23].
chapter of strong rebuke of those who purported to represent the
Lord, but didn't!]
1: Against False Prophets
The Lord's Denunciation of the False Prophets
word of the Lord came to me :
of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel
who are now prophesying. Say to those who prophesy out of their
own imagination: “Hear the word of the Lord!
is what the Sovereign Lord says: woe to the foolish prophets who
follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!
prophets, Israel, are like jackals among ruins.
have not gone up to the breaches in the wall to repair it for
the people of Israel so that it will stand firm in the battle
on the day of the Lord.
visions are false and their divinations a lie. Even though
the Lord has not sent them, they say, ‘The Lord declares', and
expect him to fulfil their words.
you not seen false visions and uttered lying divinations
when you say, ‘The Lord declares', though I have not spoken?
condemnation is of those who purport to speak as from the Lord
but who are, in reality speaking lies, speaking out perhaps their
own wishful thinking.]
False Assurances & Mutual Enhancing Untruths
this is what the Sovereign Lord says: because of your false
words and lying visions, I am against you, declares the Sovereign
hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and
utter lying divinations. They will not belong to the council
of my people or be listed in the records of Israel, nor will they
enter the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Sovereign
they lead my people astray, saying, ‘Peace', when there
is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built,
they cover it with whitewash,
tell those who cover it with whitewash that
it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send
hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth.
the wall collapses, will people not ask you, ‘Where is the whitewash
you covered it with?'
initial denunciation continues but is now linked to the picture
of their false assurances to the people as ‘flimsy walls' that
having erected they now ‘cover with whitewash'. i.e. they make
their declarations sound plausible by repetition and confirming
one another's delusions. All these assurances will soon be seen
to be false.]
The Lord will hurl down destruction on these false assurances
this is what the Sovereign Lord says: in my wrath I will unleash
a violent wind, and in my anger hailstones and torrents of rain
will fall with destructive fury.
will tear down the wall you have covered with whitewash and will
level it to the ground so that its foundation will be laid bare.
When it falls, you will be destroyed in it; and you will know
that I am the Lord.
I will pour out my wrath against the wall and against those who
covered it with whitewash. I will say to you, ‘The wall is gone
and so are those who whitewashed it,
prophets of Israel who prophesied to Jerusalem and saw visions
of peace for her when there was no peace, declares the Sovereign
He brings destruction on the city it will at the same time destroy
all their false declarations, their false assurances, and they
will be revealed for what they are.]
2: v.17-23 Against false prophetesses
The Focus turns to Women prophesying
son of man, set your face against the daughters
of your people who prophesy out of their own imagination .
Prophesy against them
say, “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: woe to the women who
sew magic charms on all their wrists and make veils of various
lengths for their heads in order to ensnare people . Will
you ensnare the lives of my people but preserve your own?
have profaned me among my people for a few handfuls of barley
and scraps of bread. By lying to my people , who listen
to lies, you have killed those who should not have died and have
spared those who should not live.
women have not only been doing the same wrong things as the men,
they have also been dressing themselves up to convey a spiritual
appearance to lead people astray and into believing them.]
The Consequence: God is against them, and will strip them
this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am against your magic
charms with which you ensnare people like birds and I will tear
them from your arms; I will set free the people that you ensnare
will tear off your veils and save my people from your hands, and
they will no longer fall prey to your power. Then you will know
that I am the Lord.
that reason, the Lord says, He is against them and will strip
them of all such false appearances so the people will realise
They have twisted and reversed truth
you [i] disheartened
the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief,
and because you [i] encouraged
the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their
you will no longer see false visions or practise divination.
I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know
that I am the Lord.”'
fact is their lies have discouraged the righteous but encouraged
in its clarity of denunciation of both men and women among the
people of God who have been leading others astray by a) claiming
to speak for God and b) bringing lying false assurances, all of
which will shortly be revealed for what it is when judgment comes.]
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