7 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 a“Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and proclaim there this word, and say, ‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship the Lord!’ ” 3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: b“Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4 cDo not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord are these.’
5 “For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly dexecute 1judgment between a man and his neighbor, 6 if you do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, eor walk after other gods to your hurt, 7 fthen I will cause you to dwell in this place, in gthe land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.
8 “Behold, you trust in hlying words that cannot profit. 9 iWill you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and jwalk after other gods whom you do not know, 10 kand then come and stand before Me in this house lwhich is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations’? 11 Has mthis house, which is called by My name, become a nden of thieves in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” says the Lord.
12 “But go now to oMy place which was in Shiloh, pwhere I set My name at the first, and see qwhat I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these works,” says the Lord, “and I spoke to you, rrising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I scalled you, but you did not answer, 14 therefore I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to tShiloh. 15 And I will cast you out of My sight, uas I have cast out all your brethren—vthe whole posterity of Ephraim.
16 “Therefore wdo not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; xfor I will not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 yThe children gather wood, the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough, to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they zpour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke Me to anger. 19 aDo they provoke Me to anger?” says the Lord. “Do they not provoke themselves, to the shame of their own faces?”
20 Therefore thus says the Lord God: “Behold, My anger and My fury will be poured out on this place—on man and on beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and not be quenched.”
21 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: b“Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat meat. 22 cFor I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices. 23 But this is what I commanded them, saying, d‘Obey My voice, and eI will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you.’ 24 fYet they did not obey or incline their ear, but gfollowed 2the counsels and the 3dictates of their evil hearts, and hwent 4backward and not forward. 25 Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have even isent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. 26 jYet they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but kstiffened their neck. lThey did worse than their fathers.
27 “Therefore myou shall speak all these words to them, but they will not obey you. You shall also call to them, but they will not answer you.
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