Understanding the Scriptures
|Pastors (vv. 1–2)||Literally, “shepherds,” but in this case, “leaders”|
|Remnant (v. 3)||What is left when everything else is gone|
|Folds (v. 3)||Safe, fenced areas to keep sheep|
|Dismayed (v. 4)||Terrified|
|Execute, executed (vv. 5, 20)||Perform|
|Swearing (v. 10)||A curse|
|Folly (v. 13)||Foolish things|
|Return (vv. 14, 20)||Turn away|
|Wormwood (v. 15)||Bitterness|
|Gall (v. 15)||A bitter liquid, poison|
|Vain (v. 16)||To think you are better than you really are|
|Counsel (vv. 18, 22)||In Hebrew, “council”—a group gathered together to instruct or make decisions|
|Perceived (v. 18)||Seen|
|Marked (v. 18)||Listened to|
|At hand (v. 23)||Nearby|
|Deceit (v. 26)||Lies|
|Lightness (v. 32)||Acting without much thought, reckless|
|Burden (vv. 36, 38)||Message|
|Perverted (v. 36)||Changed, overturned|
|Reproach (v. 40)||Disgrace|
|Perpetual (v. 40)||Everlasting|
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Jeremiah 23.
How Can You Tell a False Prophet?
Read Jeremiah 23:1–2, 9–11, 13–14, 16–27, 29–32 and list what the Lord said false prophets were saying and doing.
Choose one item you listed and explain why that action or teaching would make someone a false prophet.
Why do you think people follow false prophets?
The Cure for False Prophets
What did the Lord say in Jeremiah 23:3–8 that He would do for those who were led astray by their leaders in Judah? (Note that this prophecy will be fulfilled mostly in the latter days.)