Parallel Verses

NET Bible

The leaders and the highly respected people are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail.

New American Standard Bible

The head is the elder and honorable man,
And the prophet who teaches falsehood is the tail.

King James Version

The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Holman Bible

The head is the elder, the honored one;
the tail is the prophet, the lying teacher.

International Standard Version

the elder and the dignitary is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail.

A Conservative Version

The elder and the honorable man, he is the head. And the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.

American Standard Version

The elder and the honorable man, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Amplified


The elderly and honorable man, he is the head;
And the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.

Bible in Basic English

The man who is honoured and responsible is the head, and the prophet who gives false teaching is the tail.

Darby Translation

the ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Julia Smith Translation

The old man and they lifting up faces, he the head; and the prophet teaching falsehood, be the tail.

King James 2000

The elder and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teaches lies, he is the tail.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Elders and {the respectable} [are] the head, and prophets who teach lies [are] the tail.

Modern King James verseion

The elder and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

By the head, is understood the senator and honorable man, and by the tail, the Prophet that preacheth lies.

New Heart English Bible

The elder and the honorable man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail.

The Emphasized Bible

The eider and favourite, he, is the head, - And the prophet teaching falsehood, he, is the tail;

Webster

The ancient and honorable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

World English Bible

The elder and the honorable man is the head, and the prophet who teaches lies is the tail.

Youngs Literal Translation

Elder, and accepted of face, he is the head, Prophet, teacher of falsehood, he is the tail.

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
זקן 
Zaqen 
Usage: 178

פּנים 
Paniym 
Usage: 2119

he
היא הוּא 
Huw' 
Usage: 1716

is the head
ראשׁ 
Ro'sh 
Usage: 598

and the prophet
נביא 
Nabiy' 
Usage: 315

שׁקר 
Sheqer 
Usage: 113

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Context Readings

Yahweh's Anger Against Arrogance

14 So the Lord cut off Israel's head and tail, both the shoots and stalk in one day. 15 The leaders and the highly respected people are the head, the prophets who teach lies are the tail. 16 The leaders of this nation were misleading people, and the people being led were destroyed.


Cross References

Isaiah 3:2-3

the mighty men and warriors, judges and prophets, omen readers and leaders,

Matthew 24:24

For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.

1 Samuel 9:6

But the servant said to him, "Look, there is a man of God in this town. He is highly respected. Everything that he says really happens. Now let's go there. Perhaps he will tell us where we should go from here."

1 Kings 13:18

The old prophet then said, "I too am a prophet like you. An angel told me with the Lord's authority, 'Bring him back with you to your house so he can eat and drink.'" But he was lying to him.

1 Kings 22:22-24

He replied, 'I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouths of all his prophets.' The Lord said, 'Deceive and overpower him. Go out and do as you have proposed.'

Isaiah 3:5

The people will treat each other harshly; men will oppose each other; neighbors will fight. Youths will proudly defy the elderly and riffraff will challenge those who were once respected.

Isaiah 5:13

Therefore my people will be deported because of their lack of understanding. Their leaders will have nothing to eat, their masses will have nothing to drink.

Isaiah 28:17

I will make justice the measuring line, fairness the plumb line; hail will sweep away the unreliable refuge, the floodwaters will overwhelm the hiding place.

Isaiah 29:10

For the Lord has poured out on you a strong urge to sleep deeply. He has shut your eyes (the prophets), and covered your heads (the seers).

Jeremiah 5:31

The prophets prophesy lies. The priests exercise power by their own authority. And my people love to have it this way. But they will not be able to help you when the time of judgment comes!

Jeremiah 14:14-15

Then the Lord said to me, "Those prophets are prophesying lies while claiming my authority! I did not send them. I did not commission them. I did not speak to them. They are prophesying to these people false visions, worthless predictions, and the delusions of their own mind.

Jeremiah 23:9

Here is what the Lord says concerning the false prophets: My heart and my mind are deeply disturbed. I tremble all over. I am like a drunk person, like a person who has had too much wine, because of the way the Lord and his holy word are being mistreated.

Jeremiah 23:14-15

But I see the prophets of Jerusalem doing something just as shocking. They are unfaithful to me and continually prophesy lies. So they give encouragement to people who are doing evil, with the result that they do not stop their evildoing. I consider all of them as bad as the people of Sodom, and the citizens of Jerusalem as bad as the people of Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 23:25-27

The Lord says, "I have heard what those prophets who are prophesying lies in my name are saying. They are saying, 'I have had a dream! I have had a dream!'

Jeremiah 27:9-10

So do not listen to your prophets or to those who claim to predict the future by divination, by dreams, by consulting the dead, or by practicing magic. They keep telling you, 'You do not need to be subject to the king of Babylon.'

Jeremiah 27:14-15

Do not listen to the prophets who are telling you that you do not need to serve the king of Babylon. For they are prophesying lies to you.

Jeremiah 28:15-16

Then the prophet Jeremiah told the prophet Hananiah, "Listen, Hananiah! The Lord did not send you! You are making these people trust in a lie!

Jeremiah 29:21-22

"The Lord God of Israel who rules over all also has something to say about Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah, who are prophesying lies to you and claiming my authority to do so. 'I will hand them over to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon and he will execute them before your very eyes.

Ezekiel 13:1-16

Then the word of the Lord came to me:

Ezekiel 13:19

You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and scraps of bread. You have put to death people who should not die and kept alive those who should not live by your lies to my people, who listen to lies!

Ezekiel 13:22

This is because you have disheartened the righteous person with lies (although I have not grieved him), and because you have encouraged the wicked person not to turn from his evil conduct and preserve his life.

Hosea 9:8

The prophet is a watchman over Ephraim on behalf of God, yet traps are laid for him along all of his paths; animosity rages against him in the land of his God.

Malachi 2:9

"Therefore, I have caused you to be ignored and belittled before all people to the extent to which you are not following after me and are showing partiality in your instruction."

Matthew 7:15

"Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

Galatians 1:8-9

But even if we (or an angel from heaven) should preach a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be condemned to hell!

2 Thessalonians 2:9-12

The arrival of the lawless one will be by Satan's working with all kinds of miracles and signs and false wonders,

2 Timothy 4:2-3

Preach the message, be ready whether it is convenient or not, reprove, rebuke, exhort with complete patience and instruction.

2 Peter 2:1-3

But false prophets arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. These false teachers will infiltrate your midst with destructive heresies, even to the point of denying the Master who bought them. As a result, they will bring swift destruction on themselves.

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to determine if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

Revelation 19:20

Now the beast was seized, and along with him the false prophet who had performed the signs on his behalf -- signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. Both of them were thrown alive into the lake of fire burning with sulfur.

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