False Religion Worthless
7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD,
7:2 Stand in the gate of the LORD's house, and proclaim
there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD, all ye
of Judah, that enter in at these gates to worship the LORD.
7:3 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Amend
your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in
7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the
LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, are
7:5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if
ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his
7:6 If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the
widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither
walk after other gods to your hurt:
7:7 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the
land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.
7:8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear
falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other
gods whom ye know not;
7:10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is
called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these
7:11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a
den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it,
saith the LORD.
7:12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where
I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the
wickedness of my people Israel.
7:13 And now, because ye have done all these works, saith
the LORD, and I spake unto you, rising up early and
speaking, but ye heard not; and I called you, but ye
7:14 Therefore will I do unto this 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 have done to Shiloh.
7:15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast
out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
7:16 Therefore 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.
7:17 Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and
in the streets of Jerusalem?
7:18 The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the
fire, and the women knead their 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.
7:19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: do they
not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?
7:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, mine anger
and my fury 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
7:21 Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put
your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh.
7:22 For 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 sacrifices:
7:23 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 that I have commanded you, that
it may be well unto you.
7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but
walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil
heart, and went backward, and not forward.
7:25 Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the
land of Egypt unto this day I have even sent unto you all my
servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending
7:26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their
ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their
7:27 Therefore 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.
7:28 But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that
obeyeth not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receiveth
correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their
7:29 Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and
take up a lamentation on high places; for the LORD hath
rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath.
The Valley of
7:30 For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight,
saith the LORD: they have set their abominations in the
house which is called by my name, to pollute it.
7:31 And they have built the high places of Tophet, which
is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons
and their daughters in the fire; which I commanded them not,
neither came it into my heart.
7:32 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that
it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son
of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury
in Tophet, till there be no place.
7:33 And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the
fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and
none shall fray them away.
7:34 Then 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 be desolate.