Jeremiah 72Hear the word of the Lord, all Judea. 3Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Correct your ways and your devices, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4Trust not in yourselves with lying words, for they shall not profit you at all, saying, It is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord. 5For if you thoroughly correct your ways and your practices, and do indeed execute judgment between a man and his neighbor; 6and oppress not the stranger, and the orphan, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, and go not after strange gods to your hurt; 7then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land which I gave to your fathers of old, and forever. 8But seeing you have trusted in lying words, whereby you shall not be profited; 9and you murder, and commit adultery, and steal, and swear falsely, and burn incense to Baal, and have gone after strange gods whom you know not, 10so that it is evil with you; yet have you come, and stood before Me in the house which is called by My name, and you have said, We have refrained from doing all these abominations. 11Is My house, which is called by My name, a den of robbers in your eyes? And behold, I have seen it, says the Lord. 12For go to My place which is in Shiloh, where I caused My name to dwell before, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. 13And now, because you have done all these deeds, and I spoke to you, but you hearkened not to Me; and I called you, but you answered not. 14Therefore I also will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. 15And I will cast you out of My sight, as I cast away your brethren, all the seed of Ephraim. 16Therefore do not pray for this people, and do not intercede for them to be pitied. Yes, do not pray, and do not approach Me for them, for I will not hearken unto you. 17Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18Their children gather wood, and their fathers kindle a fire, and their women knead dough, to make cakes to the host of heaven; and they have poured out drink offerings to strange gods, that they might provoke Me to anger. 19Do they provoke Me to anger? Says the Lord. Do they not provoke themselves, that their faces may be ashamed? 20Therefore thus says the Lord; Behold, My anger and wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and upon the men, and upon the cattle, and upon every tree of their field, and upon the fruits of the land; and it shall burn, and not be quenched. 21Thus says the Lord, Gather your whole burnt offerings with your grain offerings, and eat flesh. 22For I spoke not to your fathers, and commanded them not in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, concerning whole burnt offerings and sacrifice; 23but I commanded them this thing, saying, Hear My voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be My people. And walk in all My ways which I shall command you, that it may be well with you. 24But they hearkened not to Me, and their ear gave no heed, but they walked in the imaginations of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. 25From the day that their fathers went forth out of the land of Egypt, even until this day, and I sent to you all My servants the prophets, by day and early in the morning. Yes, I have sent them, 26but they hearkened not to Me, and their ear gave no heed; and they made their neck harder than their fathers. 27Therefore you shall speak this word to them. 28This is the nation that has not heeded the voice of the Lord, nor received correction: truth has failed from their mouth. 29Cut off your hair, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on your lips; for the Lord has reprobated and rejected the generation that does these things. 30For the children of Judah have done evil before Me, says the Lord; they have set their abominations in the house which is called by My name, to defile it. 31And they have built the altar of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters with fire; which I did not command them to do, neither did I design it in My heart. 32Therefore behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when they shall no more say, The altar of Tophet, and the valley of the son of Hinnom, but The Valley of Slaughter; and they shall bury in Tophet, for need of room. 33And the dead bodies of this people shall be for food to the birds of the sky, and to the wild beasts of the earth; and there shall be none to drive them away. 34And I will destroy out of the cities of Judah, and the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of them that make merry, and the voice of them that rejoice, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride; for the whole land shall become a desolation.
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