16 For the
leaders ['ashar] of this people [`am] cause
them to err; [ta`ah] and they that are led ['ashar] of them are destroyed. [bala`] KJV-Interlinear
those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided
by them are brought to confusion. NASB
To err, 'ta ah,' means to be deceived, to stray, to stagger, to wander.
Led, 'ashar,' means to be straight, right, happy, to go forward, honest, proper, to guide.
Destroyed, 'bala,' means to be devoured, to be swallowed down as in a whirlpool.
And so a slam against the leadership of a following public, does not cast the blame entirely on the leadership, because the public allows itself to be led, with eyes wide open. Both are at fault.
The error is society, comes from the leadership of society. Bad leadership leads to a wandering away from truth and therefore into a delusional and false direction.
To be led in this situation is a people that are happy and pleased to be led in the manner in which they are being led. They see the false, and choose the false, and are satisfied with the false. It appeals to their inner desires, which is sin nature driven.
Even though the leadership deceives due to the various lust drives within themselves, and for that they are condemned, but also the followers enjoy and like the deceptions being offered, so they are likewise condemned for their subscription to the deceit.
Anyone who has doctrine, can see and discern between the true and the false. However, when there is no interest in doctrine, then there is by default, no interest in truth, and therefore no interest in the difference. Only the enticements of the false are in view and that is what pleases and satisfies the follower.
Leaders want power, control, authority, attention, approbation. They are delusional with regard to their position and ability.
Followers want something for nothing, benefit without responsibility.
Both easily put away that which is true and right, in exchange for that which is false and wrong.
Destruction pursues and swallows up both.
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