The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said,
"Go to the entrance of the LORD's Temple, and give this message to the people: 'O Judah, listen to this message from the LORD! Listen to it, all of you who worship here!
The LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Even now, if you quit your evil ways, I will let you stay in your own land.
But do not be fooled by those who repeatedly promise your safety because the Temple of the LORD is here.
I will be merciful only if you stop your wicked thoughts and deeds and are fair to others;
and if you stop exploiting foreigners, orphans, and widows; and if you stop your murdering; and if you stop worshiping idols as you now do to your own harm.
Then I will let you stay in this land that I gave to your ancestors to keep forever.
"'Do you think that because the Temple is here you will never suffer? Don't fool yourselves!
Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and worship Baal and all those other new gods of yours,
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)