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1 The words that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

2 Stand in the gate of the Lord’s house, and cry this word there, and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord.

3 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways and your works, and I will let you dwell in this place.

4 Trust not in [a]lying words, saying, The Temple of the Lord, the Temple of the Lord; this is the Temple of the Lord.

5 For if you amend and redress your ways and your works; if you execute judgment between a man and neighbor,

6 And oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed no innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your destruction,

7 Then [b]will I let you dwell in this place in the land that I gave unto your fathers forever and ever.

8 Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

9 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not?

10 And come and stand before me in this House, whereupon my Name is called, and say, We are delivered, though we have done all these abominations?

11 Is this House become [c]a den of thieves, whereupon my Name is called before your eyes? Behold, even I see it, saith the Lord.

12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, [d]where I set my Name at the beginning, and behold, what I did to it for the wickedness, of my people Israel.

13 Therefore now because ye have done all these works, saith the Lord, (and I [e]rose up early and spake unto you: but when I spake, ye would not hear me, neither when I called, would [f]ye answer.)

14 Therefore will I do unto this house, whereupon my Name is called, wherein also ye trust, even unto the place that I gave to you, and to your fathers, as I have done unto Shiloh.

15 And I will cast [g]you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.

16 Therefore thou shalt not [h]pray for this people, neither lift up cry or prayer for them, neither entreat me, for I will not hear thee.

17 Seest thou not what they do 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 kneed the dough to make cakes to [i]the Queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me unto anger.

19 Do they provoke me to anger, saith the Lord, and not themselves to the confusion of their own faces?

20 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, mine anger and my wrath shall be poured upon this place; upon man and upon beast, and upon the tree of the field, and upon the fruit of the ground, and it shall burn and not be quenched.

21 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat the flesh.

22 For [j]I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.

23 But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways which I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you.


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