New American Standard Bible
23 “Am I a God who is (A)near,” declares the Lord,
“And not a God far off?
24 “Can a man (B)hide himself in hiding places
So I do not see him?” declares the Lord.
“(C)Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.
25 “I have (D)heard what the prophets have said who (E)prophesy falsely in My name, saying, ‘I had a (F)dream, I had a dream!’ 26 How long? Is there anything in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy falsehood, even these prophets of the (G)deception of their own heart, 27 who intend to (H)make My people forget My name by their dreams which they relate to one another, just as their fathers (I)forgot My name because of Baal? 28 The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has (J)My word speak My word in truth. (K)What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the Lord. 29 “Is not My word like (L)fire?” declares the Lord, “and like a (M)hammer which shatters a rock? 30 Therefore behold, (N)I am against the prophets,” declares the Lord, “who steal My words from each other. 31 Behold, I am against the prophets,” declares the Lord, “who use their tongues and declare, ‘The Lord declares.’ 32 Behold, I am against those who have prophesied (O)false dreams,” declares the Lord, “and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and (P)reckless boasting; yet (Q)I did not send them or command them, nor do they (R)furnish this people the slightest benefit,” declares the Lord.
33 “Now when this people or the prophet or a priest asks you saying, ‘What is the [a](S)oracle of the Lord?’ then you shall say to them, ‘What [b]oracle?’ The Lord declares, ‘I will (T)abandon you.’ 34 Then as for the prophet or the priest or the people who say, ‘The (U)oracle of the Lord,’ I will bring punishment upon that man and his household. 35 Thus will each of you say to his neighbor and to his brother, ‘(V)What has the Lord answered?’ or, ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 36 For you will no longer remember the oracle of the Lord, because every man’s own word will become the oracle, and you have (W)perverted the words of the (X)living God, the Lord of hosts, our God. 37 Thus you will say to that prophet, ‘What has the Lord answered you?’ and, ‘What has the Lord spoken?’ 38 For if you say, ‘The oracle of the Lord!’ surely thus says the Lord, ‘Because you said this word, “The oracle of the Lord!” I have also sent to you, saying, “You shall not say, ‘The oracle of the Lord!’”’ 39 Therefore behold, (Y)I will surely forget you and cast you away from My presence, along with the city which I gave you and your fathers. 40 I will put an everlasting (Z)reproach on you and an everlasting humiliation which will not be forgotten.”Read full chapter