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Jeremiah 7:1-16 (New International Version)

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False Religion Worthless

1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD: 2 "Stand1 at the gate of the LORD's house and there proclaim this message: " 'Hear the word of the LORD, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the LORD. 3 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways2 and your actions, and I will let you live3 in this place. 4 Do not trust4 in deceptive5 words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!" 5 If you really change6 your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,7 6 if you do not oppress8 the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood9 in this place, and if you do not follow other gods10 to your own harm, 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land11 I gave your forefathers12 for ever and ever. 8 But look, you are trusting13 in deceptive14 words that are worthless. 9 " 'Will you steal15 and murder,16 commit adultery17 and perjury,a18 burn incense to Baal1920 and follow other gods21 you have not known, 10 and then come and stand22 before me in this house,23 which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"--safe to do all these detestable things?24 11 Has this house,25 which bears my Name, become a den of robbers26 to you? But I have been watching!27 declares the LORD. 12 " 'Go now to the place in Shiloh28 where I first made a dwelling29 for my Name,30 and see what I did31 to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke32 to you again and again,33 but you did not listen;34 I called35 you, but you did not answer.36 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh37 I will now do to the house that bears my Name,38 the temple39 you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers. 15 I will thrust you from my presence,40 just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.'41 16 "So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea42 or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen43 to you.
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