and then come and stand1 before me in this house,2 which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"--safe to do all these detestable things?311
Has this house,4 which bears my Name, become a den of robbers5 to you? But I have been watching!6 declares the LORD.
" 'Go now to the place in Shiloh7 where I first made a dwelling8 for my Name,9 and see what I did10 to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.
While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke11 to you again and again,12 but you did not listen;13 I called14 you, but you did not answer.1514
Therefore, what I did to Shiloh16 I will now do to the house that bears my Name,17 the temple18 you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers.
I will thrust you from my presence,19 just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.'2016
"So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea21 or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen22 to you.
Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven.23 They pour out drink offerings24 to other gods to provoke25 me to anger.
But am I the one they are provoking?26 declares the LORD. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?2720
" 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign28 LORD says: My anger29 and my wrath will be poured30 out on this place, on man and beast, on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and not be quenched.31