Jeremiah 7

Message at the Temple Gate

The word that came to Jeremiah from the  Lord, saying, 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 by these gates to worship the  Lord!’” Thus says the  Lord of hosts, the God of Israel b Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. c Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, ‘
Lit They are
This is the temple of the  Lord, the temple of the  Lord, the temple of the  Lord.’
“For e if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly f practice justice between a man and his neighbor, if you do not oppress the alien, the
Or fatherless
,
h orphan, or the widow, and do not shed i innocent blood in this place, nor j walk after other gods to your own ruin,
then I will let you k dwell in this place, in the l land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.

Behold, you are trusting in m deceptive words to no avail. Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and
Or burn incense
,
o offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after p other gods that you have not known,
10 then q come and stand before Me in r this house, which is called by My name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’—that you may do all these abominations? 11 “Has s this house, which is called by My name, become a t den of robbers in your sight? Behold, u I, even I, have seen it,” declares the  Lord.

12 But go now to My place which was in v Shiloh, where I w made My name dwell at the first, and x see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. 13 And now, because you have done all these things,” declares the  Lord, “and I spoke to you, y rising up early and z speaking, but you did not hear, and I aa called you but you did not answer, 14 therefore, I will do to the ab house which is called by My name ac in which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, as I ad did to Shiloh. 15 “I will ae cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the
Lit seed
offspring of ag Ephraim.

16 “As for you, ah do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you. 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 “The
Lit sons
children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they aj pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to ak spite Me.
19  al Do they spite Me?” declares the  Lord. “Is it not themselves they spite, to
Lit their faces’
their own an shame?”
20 Therefore thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God, “Behold, My ap anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the aq 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, “Add your ar burnt offerings to your sacrifices and as eat flesh. 22 “For I did not at speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 But this is
Lit the word which
what I commanded them, saying, ‘ av Obey My voice, and aw I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may ax be well with you.’
24 “Yet they ay did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and
Lit they were
,
ba went backward and not forward.
25 Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have bb sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them. 26 Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but bc stiffened their neck; they bd did more evil than their fathers.

27 “You shall be speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you; and you shall call to them, but they will bf not answer you. 28 You shall say to them, ‘This is the nation that bg did not obey the voice of the  Lord their God or accept correction;
Lit faithfulness
,
bi truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.
29 bj Cut off
Lit your crown
your hair and cast it away,
And bl take up a lamentation on the bare heights;
For the  Lord has bm rejected and forsaken
The generation of His wrath.’

30 For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight,” declares the  Lord, “they have bn set their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it. 31 “They have bo built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to bp burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I bq did not command, and it did not come into My
Lit heart
mind.

32  bs Therefore, behold, days are coming,” declares the  Lord, “when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter; for they will bt bury in Topheth
Or until there is no place left
because there is no other place.
33 “The bv dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth; and no one will frighten them away. 34 “Then I will make to bw cease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the bx land will become a ruin.
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