XIII 1-16 The False Prophets— These are defined as prophesying from their own hearts, announcing to the people as the words of Yahweh their own thoughts and wishes, and seeing not,
having no supernatural vision. They are like foxes in ruins,
undermining instead of building, like whitewashers of a wall, hiding
instead of repairing weakness. Their punishment will be exclusion from
the people and the land of Israel. 2. (After ' Israel'): 'prophesy and say'.5. 'to face the enemy': 'to the breach'.6c. 'And they expected him to accomplish their word'.9. 'council': 'congregation'. Written in the book means registered as members. 10. The wall is the false belief that Yahweh will protect Jerusalem unconditionally. 'dirt without straw': 'whitewash'.11. 'Say to the whitewashers: there shall be violent
rain, hailstones shall fall and the storm-wind shall break forth'.13. The storm is the Babylonian invasion. 'to consume': 'shall fall'. 14. Insert 'you' before 'shall be consumed'. 15. 'I will say': 'it will be said'.16. The prophets are the whitewashers of 15.