7 1The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying,
the gate of Jehovah's house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the
word of Jehovah, all ye of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship
3Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend your ways
and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.
not in lying words, saying, The temple of Jehovah, the temple of Jehovah, the
temple of Jehovah, are these.
5For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and
your doings; if ye thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor;
6if ye oppress not the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed
not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your own
7then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I
gave to your fathers, from of old even for evermore.
8Behold, ye trust in
lying words, that cannot profit.
9Will ye steal, murder, and commit
adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other
gods that ye have not known,
10and come and stand before me in this
house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered; that ye may do
all these abominations?
11Is this house, which is called by my name,
become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it, saith
12But go ye now unto 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.
13And now, because ye have done all these
works, saith Jehovah, and I spake unto you, rising up early and speaking, but
ye heard not; and I called you, but ye answered not:
14therefore will I
do unto the house which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the
place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I did to Shiloh.
I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even
the whole seed of Ephraim.
16Therefore pray not thou for this people,
neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me; for
I will not hear thee.
17Seest thou not what they do in the cities of
Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18The children 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 unto other gods, that
they may provoke me to anger.
19Do they provoke me to anger? saith
Jehovah; do they not provoke themselves, to the confusion of
their own faces?
20Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, mine
anger and my wrath shall 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 shall burn, and shall not be quenched.
21Thus saith Jehovah of hosts,
the God of Israel: Add your burnt-offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat ye
22For I spake not unto your fathers, nor commanded them in the day
that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt-offerings or
23but this thing I commanded them, saying, Hearken unto my
voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people; and walk ye in all
the way that I command you, that it may be well with you.
hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in their own
counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went
backward, and not forward.
25Since the day that your fathers came forth
out of the land of Egypt unto this day, I have sent unto you all my servants
the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them:
hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but made their neck stiff:
they did worse than their fathers.
27And thou shalt speak all these words
unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them;
but they will not answer thee.
28And thou shalt say unto them, This is
the nation that hath not hearkened to the voice of Jehovah their God, nor
received instruction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth.
29Cut off thy hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a
lamentation on the bare heights; for Jehovah hath rejected and forsaken the
generation of his wrath.
30For the children of Judah have done that which
is evil in my sight, saith Jehovah: they have set their abominations in the
house which is called by my name, to defile it.
31And 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 commanded not, neither
came it into my mind.
32Therefore, behold, the days come, saith Jehovah,
that it shall no more be called Topheth, nor The valley of the son of Hinnom,
but The valley of Slaughter: for they shall bury in Topheth, till there be no
place to bury.
33And the dead bodies of this people shall be food
for the birds of the heavens, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall
frighten them away.
34Then will I cause to cease from the cities of
Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth and the voice of
gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the
land shall become a waste.