“And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.
Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.”
We are either drinking the Truth of God’s Words or the Water of Gall and bitterness. Bitterness, in scripture, is linked with idolatry and iniquity (not holiness, truth or opposing sin). There are many teachers today who teach lies. The people drink it up like poison not realizing it is hurting not helping. This is nothing new. It’s just the same ol’ thing.
In Jeremiah’s day, this is what was happening. The false prophets walked in lies. This is the same thing that is happening today, with many well known pastors, authors, celebrities, talk show hosts, etc., walking in lies and teaching them. They claim to teach good things but it is poison disguised in a pretty package, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, and so they cause people to err.
They strengthen the hands of evildoers and preach tolerance toward all evil and sin. If we listen to those who ‘walk in the truth’, and drink in God’s Words, the Bible, we are drinking pure water instead of the bitter poison that is so prevalent and popular, which is often taught for money/personal gain and fame – the motive of which is rooted in the gall of bitterness as the Apostle Peter explained.