Message at the Temple Gate

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 "1Stand in the gate of the LORD'S house and proclaim there this word and say, 'Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the LORD!' "
3 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "2Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place.
4 "3Do not trust in deceptive words, saying, 'This is the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD.'
5 "For 4if you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly 5practice justice between a man and his neighbor,
6 if you do not oppress the alien, the 6orphan, or the widow, and do not shed 7innocent blood in this place, nor 8walk after other gods to your own ruin,
7 then I will let you 9dwell in this place, in the 10land that I gave to your fathers forever * and ever.
9 "Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and 12offer sacrifices to Baal and walk after 13other gods that you have not known,
10 then 14come and stand before Me in 15this house, which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered!'-that you may do all these abominations?
11 "Has 16this house, which is called by My name, become a 17den of robbers in your sight? Behold, 18I, even I, have seen it," declares the LORD.
12 "But go now to My place which was in 19Shiloh, where * I 20made My name dwell at the first, and 21see what I did to it because * of the wickedness of My people Israel.
13 "And now, because you have done all these things," 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,
14 therefore, I will do to the 25house which is called by My name, 26in which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, as I 27did to Shiloh.
15 "I will 28cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the offspring of 29Ephraim.
16 "As for you, 30do not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.
17 "Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18 "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they 31pour out drink offerings to other gods in order to 32spite Me.
19 "33Do they spite Me?" declares the LORD. "Is it not themselves they spite, to their own 34shame *?"
20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, My 35anger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, 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."
21 Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Add your 37burnt offerings to your sacrifices and 38eat flesh.
22 "For I did not 39speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning * burnt offerings and sacrifices.
23 "But this is what 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 way which I command you, that it may 42be well with you.'
24 "Yet they 43did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and 44went backward and not forward.
25 "Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have 45sent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them.
26 "Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but 46stiffened their neck; they 47did more evil than their fathers.
27 "You shall 48speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you; and you shall call to them, but they will 49not answer you.
28 "You shall say to them, 'This is the nation that 50did not obey the voice of the LORD their God or accept correction; 51truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.
29 '52Cut off your hair and cast it away, And 53take up a lamentation on the bare heights; For the LORD has 54rejected and forsaken The generation of His wrath.'
30 "For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight," declares the LORD, "they have 55set their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it.
31 "They have 56built the high places 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 mind.
32 "59Therefore, behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter; for they will 60bury in Topheth because there is no other place.
33 "The 61dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth; and no one will frighten them away.
34 "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.