Jeremiah 7

MLV(i) 1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, 2 Stand in the gate of Jehovah's house and proclaim there this word and say, Hear the word of Jehovah, all you* of Judah, who enter in at these gates to worship Jehovah.
3 Jehovah of hosts says thus, the God of Israel: Amend your* ways and your* practices and I will cause you* to dwell in this place. 4 Do not trust in lying words, saying, The temple of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah, are these.
5 For if you* thoroughly amend your* ways and your* practices, if you* thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor, 6 if you* do not oppress the traveler, the fatherless and the widow and shed not innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods to your* own hurt, 7 then I will cause you* to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your* fathers from of old to everlasting.
8 Behold, you* trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 9 Will you* steal, murder and commit adultery and swear falsely and burn incense to Baal and walk after other gods that you* have not known, 10 and then come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name and say, We are delivered, that you* may do all these abominations?
11 Has this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your* eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it, says Jehovah.
12 But go now to my place which was in Shiloh, where I caused my name to dwell at the first and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.
13 And now, because you* have done all these works, says Jehovah. And I spoke to you*, rising up early and speaking, but you* heard not and I called you*, but you* answered not, 14 therefore I will do to the house, which is called by my name, in which you* trust and to the place which I gave to you* and to your* fathers, as I did to Shiloh.
15 And I will cast you* out of my sight, as I have cast out all your* brothers, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
16 Therefore pray you not for this people, nor lift up cry nor prayer for them. Neither make intercession to me, for I will not hear you.
17 Do you not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 The sons gather wood and the fathers kindle the fire and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
19 Do they provoke me to anger? says Jehovah and not themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?
20 Therefore thus says the lord Jehovah: Behold, my anger and my wrath will be poured out upon this place, upon man and upon beast and upon the trees of the field and upon the fruit of the ground. And it will burn and will not be quenched.
21 Jehovah of hosts says thus, the God of Israel: Add your* burnt offerings to your* sacrifices and eat you* flesh. 22 For I spoke not to your* fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices.
23 But this thing I commanded them, saying, Listen to my voice and I will be your* God and you* will be my people. And walk you* in all the way that I command you*, that it may be well with you*. 24 But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in their own counsels, in the stubbornness of their evil heart and went backward and not forward.
25 Since the day that your* fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have sent to you* all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. 26 Yet they listened not to me, nor inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff. They did worse than their fathers.
27 And you will speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you. You will also call to them, but they will not answer you.
28 And you will say to them, This is the nation that has not listened to the voice of Jehovah their God, nor received instruction. Truth has perished and is cut off from their mouth.
29 Cut off your hair, O Jerusalem and cast it away and take up a lamentation on the bare heights. For Jehovah has rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.
30 For the sons of Judah have done what is evil in my sight, says Jehovah. They have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to defile it.
31 And they have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.
32 Therefore, behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that it will no more be called Topheth, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom, but The valley of Slaughter. For they will bury in Topheth, till there is no place to bury. 33 And the dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the heavens and for the beasts of the earth and none will frighten them away.
34 Then I will cause to cease 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 land will become a waste.