In Ezekiel 13, the Lord sends Ezekiel to condemn the many false prophets in Israel, and he specifically identifies the many false “daughters” who prophesy out of their own hearts (Ez. 13:17). Turns out, women emotionally bloviating is nothing unique to Facebook.
In those days, “magic bands” and “veils” were all the rage, along with greedy grasping for handfuls of barley and pieces of bread, with which they hunted souls like birds (Ez. 13:18-20). Again, hardly much has changed. Whether it’s dietary and medicinal fads, or misplaced sympathy and compassion, or virtue-signalling outrage — the soul-suffocating energy spent rushing to and fro on the interwebs is often no different. God says He will tear off their magic bands and tear off the veils and deliver His people from these women, and they shall no longer be their prey.
But the real condemnation is that these foolish women have been “putting to death souls who should not die” and they have been “keeping alive souls who should not live” by their lies (Ez. 13:19). They have “disheartened the righteous falsely, although I have not grieved him, and [they] have encouraged the wicked, that he should not turn from his evil way to save his life” (Ez. 13:22). The condemnation of these false daughters of Israel is that their idolatrous enthusiasms, their deceitful sympathies, their ignorant pontificating have encouraged the wrong people and discouraged the wrong people. They should have encouraged the righteous and given health and life to the souls of the faithful, but instead they have put those souls to death and left them discouraged. And instead of discouraging the wicked that they might either turn from their evil ways or die in their wickedness and do no more harm, the foolish women have propped the wicked up, have kept them on life support, and have subsidized their wickedness.
Surely this is not a temptation that is unique to women, but here the word of the Lord explicitly exhorts the women of God to beware of this. The implication is also that in the unique feminine powers granted by God to women to promote and cultivate life, they are called upon to exercise great wisdom in carrying out this justice. Who are you encouraging? Who are you discouraging? You have the duty to encourage the righteous and give them life and you have the duty to discourage the foolish and the wicked, so that they may turn from their evil ways and live.