Such people only want to hear things that are pleasant and soothing. Anything that's harsh and painful is rejected. They would rather listen to comforting lies than harsh truths.
The prophet Jeremiah called upon King Zedekiah of Judah to surrender to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon if he and Judah wanted to live. But it was disgraceful for a king to surrender; he would be deemed a hero if he joined hands with other leaders and fought Nebuchadnezzar.
- As a sign of God’s judgment for speaking lies, Hananiah died. This event was foretold by Jeremiah (Jeremiah 28:15-16).
- The people of God, held captive in Babylon, remained there for seventy years, disproving the false prophecy of Hananiah (Jeremiah 29:10). They were told by Jeremiah to settle down, raise families and work for the peace and prosperity of Babylon (Jeremiah 29:5-7).