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Jeremiah 7 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD gave another message to Jeremiah. He said, 1 This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
2 "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! 2 "Stand 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 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. 3 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways and your actions, and I will let you live in this place.
4 But do not be fooled by those who repeatedly promise your safety because the Temple of the LORD is here. 4 Do not trust in deceptive words and say, "This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD!"
5 I will be merciful only if you stop your wicked thoughts and deeds and are fair to others; 5 If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,
6 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. 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,
7 Then I will let you stay in this land that I gave to your ancestors to keep forever. 7 then I will let you live in this place, in the land I gave your forefathers for ever and ever.
8 "'Do you think that because the Temple is here you will never suffer? Don't fool yourselves! 8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless.
9 Do you really think you can steal, murder, commit adultery, lie, and worship Baal and all those other new gods of yours, 9 " 'Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known,
10 and then come here and stand before me in my Temple and chant, "We are safe!" -- only to go right back to all those evils again? 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which bears my Name, and say, "We are safe"--safe to do all these detestable things?
11 Do you think this Temple, which honors my name, is a den of thieves? I see all the evil going on there, says the LORD. 11 Has this house, which bears my Name, become a den of robbers to you? But I have been watching! declares the LORD.
12 "'Go to the place at Shiloh where I once put the Tabernacle to honor my name. See what I did there because of all the wickedness of my people, the Israelites. 12 " 'Go now to the place in Shiloh where I first made a dwelling for my Name, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.
13 While you were doing these wicked things, says the LORD, I spoke to you about it repeatedly, but you would not listen. I called out to you, but you refused to answer. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the LORD, I spoke to you again and again, but you did not listen; I called you, but you did not answer.
14 So just as I destroyed Shiloh, I will now destroy this Temple that was built to honor my name, this Temple that you trust for help, this place that I gave to you and your ancestors. 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh I will now do to the house that bears my Name, the temple you trust in, the place I gave to you and your fathers.
15 And I will send you into exile, just as I did your relatives, the people of Israel. ' 15 I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your brothers, the people of Ephraim.'
16 "Pray no more for these people, Jeremiah. Do not weep or pray for them, and don't beg me to help them, for I will not listen to you. 16 "So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you.
17 Do you not see what they are doing throughout the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 17 Do you not see what they are doing in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18 No wonder I am so angry! Watch how the children gather wood and the fathers build sacrificial fires. See how the women knead dough and make cakes to offer to the Queen of Heaven. And they give drink offerings to their other idol gods! 18 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. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger.
19 Am I the one they are hurting?" asks the LORD. "Most of all, they hurt themselves, to their own shame." 19 But am I the one they are provoking? declares the LORD. Are they not rather harming themselves, to their own shame?
20 So the Sovereign LORD says: "I will pour out my terrible fury on this place. Its people, animals, trees, and crops will be consumed by the unquenchable fire of my anger." 20 " 'Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: My anger and my wrath will be poured 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.
21 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: "Away with your burnt offerings and sacrifices! Eat them yourselves! 21 " 'This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go ahead, add your burnt offerings to your other sacrifices and eat the meat yourselves!
22 When I led your ancestors out of Egypt, it was not burnt offerings and sacrifices I wanted from them. 22 For when I brought your forefathers out of Egypt and spoke to them, I did not just give them commands about burnt offerings and sacrifices,
23 This is what I told them: 'Obey me, and I will be your God, and you will be my people. Only do as I say, and all will be well!' 23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in all the ways I command you, that it may go well with you.
24 "But my people would not listen to me. They kept on doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backward instead of forward. 24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.
25 From the day your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my prophets -- day in and day out. 25 From the time your forefathers left Egypt until now, day after day, again and again I sent you my servants the prophets.
26 But my people have not listened to me or even tried to hear. They have been stubborn and sinful -- even worse than their ancestors. 26 But they did not listen to me or pay attention. They were stiff-necked and did more evil than their forefathers.'
27 "Tell them all this, but do not expect them to listen. Shout out your warnings, but do not expect them to respond. 27 "When you tell them all this, they will not listen to you; when you call to them, they will not answer.
28 Say to them, 'This is the nation whose people will not obey the LORD their God and who refuse to be taught. Truth has vanished from among them; it is no longer heard on their lips. 28 Therefore say to them, 'This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God or responded to correction. Truth has perished; it has vanished from their lips.
29 O Jerusalem, shave your head in mourning, and weep alone on the mountains. For the LORD has rejected and forsaken this generation that has provoked his fury.' 29 Cut off your hair and throw it away; take up a lament on the barren heights, for the LORD has rejected and abandoned this generation that is under his wrath.
30 "The people of Judah have sinned before my very eyes," says the LORD. "They have set up their abominable idols right in my own Temple, defiling it. 30 " 'The people of Judah have done evil in my eyes, declares the LORD. They have set up their detestable idols in the house that bears my Name and have defiled it.
31 They have built the pagan shrines of Topheth in the valley of the son of Hinnom, where they sacrifice their little sons and daughters in the fire. I have never commanded such a horrible deed; it never even crossed my mind to command such a thing! 31 They have built the high places of Topheth in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to burn their sons and daughters in the fire--something I did not command, nor did it enter my mind.
32 So beware, for the time is coming," says the LORD, "when that place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter. They will bury so many bodies in Topheth that there won't be room for all the graves. 32 So beware, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when people will no longer call it Topheth or the Valley of Ben Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter, for they will bury the dead in Topheth until there is no more room.
33 The corpses of my people will be food for the vultures and wild animals, and no one will be left to scare them away. 33 Then the carcasses of this people will become food for the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and there will be no one to frighten them away.
34 I will put an end to the happy singing and laughter in the streets of Jerusalem. The joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides will no longer be heard in the towns of Judah. The land will lie in complete desolation. 34 I will bring an end to the sounds of joy and gladness and to the voices of bride and bridegroom in the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem, for the land will become desolate.