Bible: Jeremiah 7:2-15

7:2 Stand in the gate of the Lord’s temple and proclaim 1  this message: ‘Listen, all you people of Judah who have passed through these gates to worship the Lord. 2  Hear what the Lord has to say. 7:3 The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 3  says: Change the way you have been living and do what is right. 4  If you do, I will allow you to continue to live in this land. 5  7:4 Stop putting your confidence in the false belief that says, 6 We are safe! 7  The temple of the Lord is here! The temple of the Lord is here! The temple of the Lord is here! 8  7:5 You must change 9  the way you have been living and do what is right. You must treat one another fairly. 10  7:6 Stop oppressing foreigners who live in your land, children who have lost their fathers, and women who have lost their husbands. 11  Stop killing innocent people 12  in this land. Stop paying allegiance to 13  other gods. That will only bring about your ruin. 14  7:7 If you stop doing these things, 15  I will allow you to continue to live in this land 16  which I gave to your ancestors as a lasting possession. 17 

7:8‘But just look at you! 18  You are putting your confidence in a false belief 19  that will not deliver you. 20  7:9 You steal. 21  You murder. You commit adultery. You lie when you swear on oath. You sacrifice to the god Baal. You pay allegiance to 22  other gods whom you have not previously known. 7:10 Then you come and stand in my presence in this temple I have claimed as my own 23  and say, “We are safe!” You think you are so safe that you go on doing all those hateful sins! 24  7:11 Do you think this temple I have claimed as my own 25  is to be a hideout for robbers? 26  You had better take note! 27  I have seen for myself what you have done! says the Lord. 7:12 So, go to the place in Shiloh where I allowed myself to be worshiped 28  in the early days. See what I did to it 29  because of the wicked things my people Israel did. 7:13 You also have done all these things, says the Lord, and I have spoken to you over and over again. 30  But you have not listened! You have refused to respond when I called you to repent! 31  7:14 So I will destroy this temple which I have claimed as my own, 32  this temple that you are trusting to protect you. I will destroy this place that I gave to you and your ancestors, 33  just like I destroyed Shiloh. 34  7:15 And I will drive you out of my sight just like I drove out your relatives, the people of Israel.’ 35 

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