Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the midst thereof, like a roaring lion ravening the prey; they have devoured souls; they have taken the treasure and precious things; they have made her many widows in the midst thereof.
They have devoured
Because, even because they have seduced my people, saying, Peace; and there was no peace; and one built up a wall, and, lo, others daubed it with untempered mortar:
1 Kings 22:11
And Zedekiah the son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron: and he said, Thus says the LORD, With these shall you push the Syrians, until you have consumed them.
An appalling and horrible thing is committed in the land;
For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them everyone is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest everyone deals falsely.
Your prophets have seen vain and foolish things for you: and they have not uncovered your iniquity, to turn away your captivity; but have given you false oracles and causes of banishment.
For the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests, that have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her,
2 Peter 2:1
But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who shall secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
Her princes in her midst are like wolves tearing the prey, to shed blood, and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
Yea, they are greedy dogs who can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, everyone for his gain, from his own quarter.
And as bands of robbers wait for a man, so the company of priests murder in the way by consent: for they commit lewdness.
Thus says the LORD : Concerning the prophets who make my people stray, who bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that puts nothing into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.
They have devoured
And will you profane me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, to slay the souls that should not die, and to save the souls alive that should not live, by your lying to my people that hear your lies?
In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction: your own sword has devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore you shall receive the greater condemnation.
Who devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these shall receive greater condemnation.
Who devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater condemnation.
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great wonder.
And cinnamon, and incense, and myrrh, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and cattle, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men.