Jeremiah 7:1-11 (Holman Christian Standard)

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False Trust in the Temple

1 [This is] the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: 2 "Stand in the gate of the house of the Lord 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, the God of Israel, says: Correct your ways and your deeds,a and I will allow you to live in this place. 4 Do 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,b 6 if you no longer oppress the alien, the fatherless, and the widowc and no longer shed innocent blood in this place or follow other gods, bringing harm on yourselves, 7 I will allow you to live in this place, the land I gave to your ancestorsd forever and ever. 8 [But] look, you keep trusting in deceitful words that cannot help. 9 "Do you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, burn incense to Baal, and follow other gods that you have not known?e 10 Then do you come and stand before Me in this house called by My name and insist: We are safe? As a result, you are free to continue doing all these detestable acts! 11 Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbersf in your view? Yes, I too have seen [it]."g [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration.
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