Judah's Idolatry and Immorality1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the lord, saying, Stand upon the gate of the house of the lord, and read there this word! And say, 2 Hear the word of the lord all Judea! 3 Thus says the lord of the forces, the God of Israel, Set right your ways and your practices! and I will settle you in this place. 4 Rely not upon yourselves with [2words 1lying], for thoroughly they will not benefit you in your saying, The temple of the lord, [2the temple 3of the lord 1it is]. 5 For if in setting right, you should set right your ways, and your practices, and in doing you should execute equity between a man and between his neighbor, 6 and [3the foreigner 4and 5orphan 6and 7widow 1you should not 2tyrannize over]; and [4blood 3innocent 1you should not 2pour out] in this place; and [3after 4strange gods 1you should not 2go] for your hurt; 7 then I will settle you in your place, in the land which I gave to your fathers from the eon, and unto the eon. 8 But since you rely upon [2words 1lying], from where you will not be benefitted; 9 and you murder, and you commit adultery, and steal, and swear upon an oath unjustly, and burn incense to Baal, and go after strange gods whom you do not know, 10 it is to be wickedness to you. And you came and stood before me in the house which [2is called 1my name] upon in it. And you said, We have kept a distance to do all these abominations. 11 [2is not 3a cave 4of robbers 1My house], of which [2is called 1my name] upon in it there before you. And behold, I have seen, says the lord. 12 For go unto my place! the one in Shiloh, where I encamped my name before it there prior. And see what I did to it because of the countenance of evil of my people Israel! 13 And now, because you have done all these works, and I spoke to you, and [3not 1you heard 2me]; and I called you, and you were not responding; 14 I also will do to this house (of which [2is called 1my name] upon in it, upon which you relied upon it, and the place which I gave to you and to your fathers,) as I did to Shiloh. 15 And I will throw you away from my face, as I threw away your brethren, all the seed of Ephraim. 16 And you, do not pray for this people! and do not petition to show them mercy! and do not make a vow! and do not come forward to me concerning them! for I will not listen to you. 17 Or do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 Their sons collect together wood, and their fathers kindle a fire, and their women knead dough to make cakes to the military of the heaven; and they offered libations to strange gods, that they should provoke me to anger. 19 Do [2not 4me 1they 3provoke] to anger, says the lord? Do they not provoke themselves that [2should be disgraced 1their faces]? 20 On account of this, thus says the lord, Behold, [2anger 3and 4rage 1my] is poured upon this place, and upon the men, and upon the cattle, and upon every tree of the field, and upon the produce of the land; and it shall be kindled and not extinguished. 21 Thus says the lord, [2your whole burnt-offerings 1Gather together] with your sacrifices, and eat meats! 22 For I spoke not to your fathers, and I did not give charge to them in the day I led them from out of the land of Egypt concerning whole burnt-offerings and sacrifices. 23 But only this saying gave I charge to them, saying, Hearken to my voice! and I will be to you for a God, and you will be to me for a people. And go in all my ways! in which ever I should give charge to you, so even it might be good to you. 24 And they did not listen to me, and they did not take heed with their ear, but they went by the thoughts [3heart 1of their 2evil]; and they became for the rear, and not for the front. 25 From which day [2went forth 1their fathers] from out of the land of Egypt, and until this day, even I sent to you all my servants of the prophets by day; and at dawn also I sent. 26 And they did not listen to me, and [2did not 3take heed 1their ear], and they hardened their neck above their fathers. 27 And you shall say to them this word, and they will not listen to you. And you shall call them, and they will not respond to you. 28 And you shall say to them, This is the nation which hearkened not to the voice of the lord their God, nor received instruction. [2failed 1Trust] from their mouth. 29 Shear your head, and throw away! And take upon your lips wailing! for the lord rejected and thrust away the generation doing these things.
The Shrine of Tophet30 For [4did 1the 2sons 3of Judah] wicked before me, says the lord. They arranged their abominations in the house which [2is called 1my name] upon it, to defile it. 31 And they built the shrine of Tophet, which is in the ravine of the son of Hinnom, to incinerate their sons and their daughters by fire; which I did not give charge to them, and did not consider in my heart. 32 On account of this, Behold, days come, says the lord, and they shall not say any more, Shrine of Tophet, and Ravine of the Son of Hinnom, but, The Ravine of the ones Being done away with. And they shall entomb in Tophet, on account of [2not 3existing 1a place]. 33 And [4will be 1the 2dead 3of this people] for food to the birds of heaven, and to the wild beasts of the earth; and there will not be one frightening them away. 34 And I will depose from out of the cities of Judah, and from out of the corridors of Jerusalem the voice of ones being glad, and the voice of ones rejoicing, the voice of the groom, and the voice of the bride; for [5for 6desolation 4will be 1all 2the 3land].
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