The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
"1Stand in the gate of the LORD'Shouse and proclaimtherethisword and say, 'Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah, who enter by thesegates to worship the LORD !' "
3Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "2Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in thisplace.
"3Do not trust in deceptivewords, saying, 'aThis is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.'
"For 4if you trulyamend your ways and your deeds, if you truly5practicejusticebetween a man and his neighbor,
if you do not oppress the alien, the b6orphan, or the widow, and do not shed7innocentblood in thisplace, nor8walkafterothergods to your own ruin,
then I will let you 9dwell in thisplace, in the 10land that I gave to your fathersforever and ever.
8"Behold, you are trusting in 11deceptivewords to noavail.
"Will you steal, murder, and commitadultery and swearfalsely, and c12offersacrifices to Baal and walkafter13othergods that you have not known,
then 14come and standbefore Me in 15thishouse, which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered !'-that you may doalltheseabominations ?
"Has 16thishouse, which is called by My name, become a 17den of robbers in your sight ? Behold, 18I, even I, have seen it," declares the LORD.
"But gonow to My placewhich was in 19Shiloh, where I 20made My namedwell at the first, and 21seewhat I did to it because of the wickedness of My peopleIsrael.
"And now, because you have doneallthesethings," declares the LORD, "and I spoke to you, 22rising up early and 23speaking, but you did not hear, and I 24called you but you did not answer,
therefore, I will do to the 25housewhich is called by My name, 26in which you trust, and to the placewhich I gave you and your fathers, as I 27did to Shiloh.
"I will 28cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the doffspring of 29Ephraim.
"As for you, 30do not pray for thispeople, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.
"Do you not seewhat they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem ?
"The echildrengatherwood, and the fatherskindle the fire, and the womenkneaddough to makecakes for the queen of heaven ; and they 31pour out drinkofferings to othergods in order to 32spite Me.
"33Do they spite Me?" declares the LORD. "Is it not themselves they spite, to ftheir own34shame ?"
20Thereforethussays the LordgGOD, "Behold, My 35anger and My wrath will be poured out on thisplace, on man and on beast and on the 36trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground ; and it will burn and not be quenched."
21Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Add your 37burntofferings to your sacrifices and 38eatflesh.
"For I did not 39speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerningburntofferings and sacrifices.
"But this is hwhat I commanded them, saying, '40Obey My voice, and 41I will be your God, and you will be My people ; and you will walk in all the waywhich I command you, that it may 42be well with you.'
"Yet they 43did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evilheart, and i44wentbackward and not forward.
25"Since the day that your fatherscame out of the land of Egyptuntilthisday, I have 45sent you all My servants the prophets, dailyrisingearly and sending them.
"Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but 46stiffened their neck ; they 47did moreevilthan their fathers.
"You shall 48speakallthesewords to them, but they will not listen to you; and you shall call to them, but they will 49not answer you.
"You shall say to them, 'This is the nation that 50did not obey the voice of the LORD their God or acceptcorrection ; j51truth has perished and has been cutoff from their mouth.
'52Cutoffkyour hair and cast it away, And 53take up a lamentation on the bareheights ; For the LORD has 54rejected and forsaken The generation of His wrath.'
"For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight," declares the LORD, "they have 55set their detestablethings in the housewhich is called by My name, to defile it.
"They have 56built the highplaces of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to 57burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I 58did not command, and it did not come into My lmind.
"59Therefore, behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will nolonger be calledTopheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter ; for they will 60bury in Tophethmbecausethere is no other place.
"The 61deadbodies of thispeople will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth ; and noone will frighten them away.
"Then I will make to 62cease 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 63land will become a ruin.