The next entry gives insight into what Jeremiah was going through. On one hand there were ‘prophets’ saying that everything was fine in the land, on the other hand was Jeremiah who told the people that a judgement was coming, that they would be scattered, and the temple would be destroyed. He was persecuted for those prophecies. This webpage gives an excellent overview of the life and mission of Jeremiah

Jeremiah 23: 25-27 (God speaking in this chapter shows His utter disdain for false prophets) I have heard the prophets who prophesy lies in My Name say, “I had a dream!” How long will this continue? Is My Name in the hearts of the prophets who prophesy lies and their own deceitful fancies? By their dreams which they recount to each other, they think to make My people forget My Name, just as their fathers forgot My Name for baal (notorious false god that had pervasive influence in the region).

The 25th chapter of Jeremiah contains God’s commands to Jeremiah to speak to the people about their imminent invasion and captivity to Babylon. One verse speaks of His Name
Jeremiah 25:29 For since with this city, which is called by My Name, I begin to inflict evil, how can you possibly be spared? You shall not be spared! I will call down the sword upon all who inhabit the earth, says the LORD of hosts.
Jeremiah 26:8-9, 16, 20 When Jeremiah finished speaking all that the LORD bade him to speak to all the people, the priests and prophets laid hold of him, crying, “You must be put to death! Why do you prophesy in the Name of the LORD: ‘This house (temple) shall be like Shiloh,’ and ‘This city shall be desolate and deserted’?” And all the people gathered about Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
verse 16 Thereupon the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve death; it is in the Name of the LORD, our God, that he speaks to us.”
verse 20 There was another man who prophesied in the Name of the LORD, Uriah, son of Shemaiah, from Kiriath-jearim; he prophesied the same things against this city and land as Jeremiah did. (The king sent out a notice that Uriah should be put to death for his prophecies, Uriah fled to Egypt but the king sent someone to bring him back. The king had Uriah put to death by the sword and had his corpse cast into a common grave. Jeremiah, however, was protected and was not put to death at that time.)

Here God speaks to Jeremiah about the false prophets: Jeremiah 27:14-15 Do not listen to the words of those prophets who say, “You need not serve the king of Babylon,” for they prophesy lies to you. I did not send them, says the LORD, but they prophesy falsely in My Name, with the result that I must banish you, and you will perish, you and the prophets who are prophesying to you.
Jeremiah 29:8-23 thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: Do not let yourselves be deceived by the prophets and diviners who are among you; do not listen to those among you who dream dreams, for they prophesy lies to you in My Name; I did not send them, says the LORD. This is what the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, has to say about those who prophesy lies to you in My Name, Ahab, son of Kolaiah, and Zedekiah, son of Maaseiah: I am handing them over to Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who will slay them before your eyes. All the exiles of Judah in Babylon will pattern a curse after them: “May the LORD make you like Zedekiah and Ahad, whom the king of Babylon roasted in flames.” For they are criminals in Israel, committing adultery with their neighbors’ wives, and alleging in My Name things I did not command. I know, I am witness, says the LORD. {Notes on this passage….Ahab and Zedekiah were two prophets against whom Jeremiah uttered an oracle from God for prophesying falsely and for immoral conduct… God judges the conduct of false prophets who pretend to speak in His Name so seriously, that they often lose their lives.}

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