Jeremiah 7

False Trust in the Temple

1This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 “Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord a and there call out this word: Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who enter through these gates to worship the Lord.

3“This is what the Lord of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Correct your ways and your deeds, c and I will allow you to live in this place.
4Do not trust deceitful words, chanting: This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord. 5 Instead, if you really change your ways and your actions, if you act justly toward one another
Lit justly between a man and his neighbor
6if you no longer oppress the foreigner, the fatherless, and the widow f and no longer shed innocent blood in this place or follow other gods, bringing harm on yourselves, 7I will allow you to live in this place, the land I gave to your ancestors g long ago and forever. 8But look, you keep trusting in deceitful words that cannot help.

9“Do you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to
Baal: A fertility god who was the main god of the Canaanite religion and the god of rain and thunderstorms; also the Hebrew word meaning "lord," "master," "owner," or "husband"
Baal, and follow other gods that you have not known? i
10Then do you come and stand before Me in this house j called by My name and say, ‘We are delivered, so we can continue doing all these detestable acts’? 11Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers k in your view? Yes, I too have seen it.” l
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Shiloh As a Warning

12 “But return to My place that was at Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at first. m See what I did to it because of the evil of My people Israel. 13 Now, because you have done all these things” – this is the Lord’s declaration – “and because I have spoken to you time and time again
Lit you rising early and speaking
but you wouldn’t listen o and I have called to you, but you wouldn’t answer p
14 what I did to Shiloh I will do to the house that is called by My name q – the house in which you trust – the place that I gave you and your ancestors. 15I will drive you from My presence, just as I drove out all of your brothers, all the descendants of Ephraim. r

Do Not Pray for Judah

16 “As for you, do not pray for these people. s Do not offer a cry or a prayer on their behalf, and do not beg Me, t for I will not listen to you. u 17 Don’t you see how they behave in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18The sons gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven,
= a pagan goddess
w and they pour out
drink offering: An offering of a specified amount of wine or beer given along with animal sacrifices; it was poured over the sacrifice before it was burned.
drink offerings to other gods so that they provoke Me to anger.
19But are they really provoking Me?” y This is the Lord’s declaration. “Isn’t it they themselves being provoked to disgrace?”

20 Therefore, this is what the Lord God says: “Look, My anger – My burning wrath – is about to be poured out on this place z on man and beast, on the tree of the field, and on the produce of the land. My wrath will burn and not be quenched.” aa

Obedience Over Sacrifice

21 This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: “Add your
burnt offering(s): Or holocaust, an offering completely burned to ashes; it was used in connection with worship, seeking God's favor, expiating sin, or averting judgment.
burnt offerings to your other sacrifices, and eat the meat yourselves, ac
22 for when I brought your ancestors out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak with them ad or command them concerning burnt offering and sacrifice. 23 However, I did give them this command: Obey Me, and then I will be your God, and you will be My people. You must follow every way I command you so that it may go well with you. ae 24Yet they didn’t listen or pay attention af but followed their own advice and according to their own stubborn, evil heart. They went backward and not forward. ag 25 Since the day your ancestors came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have sent all My servants the prophets ah to you time and time again.
Lit you, each day rising early and sending
26However, they wouldn’t listen to Me or pay attention but became obstinate;
Lit but stiffened their neck
al they did more evil than their ancestors. am

A Lament for Disobedient Judah

27 “When you speak all these things to them, they will not listen to you. When you call to them, they will not answer you. 28You must therefore declare to them: This is the nation that would not listen to the voice of the Lord their God and would not accept discipline. Truth
Or Faithfulness
has perished – it has disappeared from their mouths.
29Cut off the hair of your sacred vow
Lit off your consecration
ap and throw it away. Raise up a dirge on the barren heights, aq for the Lord has rejected and abandoned the generation under His wrath. ar

30 “For the Judeans have done what is evil in My sight.” This is the Lord’s declaration. “They have set up their detestable things as in the house that is called by My name and defiled it. at 31They have built the
high place(s): An ancient place of worship most often associated with pagan religions, usually built on an elevated location
high places of
Topheth: A place of human sacrifice outside Jerusalem in the Hinnom Valley; Jr 7:31-32; see "hell/hellfire"
Lit of the fireplace
ax in the Valley of Hinnom
A valley south of Jerusalem
az in order to burn their sons and daughters in the fire, ba a thing I did not command; I never entertained the thought.
Lit command, and it did not arise on My heart

32 “Therefore, take note! Days are comingbc – the Lord’s declaration – “when this place will no longer be called Topheth and the Valley of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. bd Topheth will become a cemetery
Lit They will bury in Topheth
because there will be no other burial place.
33The corpses of these people will become food for the birds of the sky and for the wild animals of the land, with no one to scare them away. bf 34I will remove from the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the sound of joy and gladness and the voices of the groom and the bride, bg for the land will become a desolate waste. bh
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