Faulty Religion and Unethical Behavior Will Lead to Judgment
7:1 The Lord said to Jeremiah: 1 7:2 “Stand in the gate of the Lord’s temple and proclaim 2 this message: ‘Listen, all you people of Judah who have passed through these gates to worship the Lord. 3 Hear what the Lord has to say. 7:3 The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 4 says: Change the way you have been living and do what is right. 5 If you do, I will allow you to continue to live in this land. 6 7:4 Stop putting your confidence in the false belief that says, 7 “We are safe! 8 The temple of the Lord is here! The temple of the Lord is here! The temple of the Lord is here!” 9 7:5 You must change 10 the way you have been living and do what is right. You must treat one another fairly. 11 7:6 Stop oppressing foreigners who live in your land, children who have lost their fathers, and women who have lost their husbands. 12 Stop killing innocent people 13 in this land. Stop paying allegiance to 14 other gods. That will only bring about your ruin. 15 7:7 If you stop doing these things, 16 I will allow you to continue to live in this land 17 which I gave to your ancestors as a lasting possession. 18
22:13 Abraham looked up 1 and saw 2 behind him 3 a ram caught in the bushes by its horns. So he 4 went over and got the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place “The Lord provides.” 5 It is said to this day, 6 “In the mountain of the Lord provision will be made.” 7
22:15 The Lord’s angel called to Abraham a second time from heaven 22:16 and said, “‘I solemnly swear by my own name,’ 8 decrees the Lord, 9 ‘that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 22:17 I will indeed bless you, 10 and I will greatly multiply 11 your descendants 12 so that they will be as countless as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession 13 of the strongholds 14 of their enemies. 22:18 Because you have obeyed me, 15 all the nations of the earth will pronounce blessings on one another 16 using the name of your descendants.’”
22:19 Then Abraham returned to his servants, and they set out together 17 for Beer Sheba where Abraham stayed. 18
22:20 After these things Abraham was told, “Milcah 19 also has borne children to your brother Nahor – 22:21 Uz the firstborn, his brother Buz, Kemuel (the father of Aram), 20 22:22 Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel.” 22:23 (Now 21 Bethuel became the father of Rebekah.) These were the eight sons Milcah bore to Abraham’s brother Nahor.