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Jeremiah 7

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1Yahweh gave me another message. He said to me,
2“Go to the entrance of my temple, and give this message to the people: You people of Judah who worship here, listen to this message from Yahweh!
3The Commander of the armies of angels says to you, If you stop doing evil things and start doing what is right, I will allow you to remain living in your land.
4But some people are repeatedly saying to you, ‘The temple of Yahweh is here, so we will be safe; he will not allow us and the temple to be destroyed.’ But do not pay attention to what they say, because they are deceiving you.
5I will act mercifully to you only if you change your behavior and stop doing evil things, and if you start to act fairly/justly toward others,
6and if you stop oppressing foreigners who live in your country, and orphans and widows, and if you stop murdering people, and if you stop worshiping ◄foreign gods/idols►. However, if you continue to do those things, you will be destroyed.
7If you do what I have told you, I will allow you to stay in this land that I promised to your ancestors that it would belong to them and their descendants forever.
8People are repeatedly telling you, ‘The temple is here, so we are safe’, and you are trusting/believing that what they are saying is true, but it is a lie. Those people are deceiving you, and what they say is worthless.
9You think that RHQ you can steal things, murder people, commit adultery, tell lies in court, and worship Baal and all those other gods that you did not know about previously,
10and then come here and stand in front of this temple, which is my temple, and say ‘Nothing bad will happen to us!’, while you continue to do all those abominable things.
11Do you realize that you are causing this temple, which is my temple, to become like MET a den where bandits hide RHQ? Do you not know that I see all the evil things that you people do there?
12Long ago I put my Sacred Tent at Shiloh city, to be a place where people would worship me MTY. Think about how I destroyed it because my people, the Israeli people, did many wicked things there.
13And while you were continually doing those wicked things, I told you about it many times, but you refused to listen. I called out to you, but you refused to answer me.
14Therefore, just like I destroyed Shiloh, I will now destroy this temple that was built for people to worship me MTY, this temple that you trust in, that is in this place that I gave to you and your ancestors.
15And I will expel you from this land and send you to other countries far away from me, just like I did to your relatives, the people of Israel.”
16Yahweh said to me, “Jeremiah, do not pray for these people any longer. Do not cry for them or plead for me to help them, because I will not pay any attention to you.
17Do you see the wicked things that they are doing in the streets of Jerusalem and in the other towns in Judah?
18The children gather firewood and their fathers use it to make fires on the altars to burn sacrifices. The women knead/make dough to make cakes to offer to their goddess Astarte who is called the Queen of Heaven. And on their altars they pour out offerings of wine to their other idols. All of those things cause me to become extremely angry!

19But I am not RHQ the one whom they are hurting; they are really RHQ hurting themselves by doing these things for which they should be very ashamed!”
20So Yahweh the Lord says this: “Because I am extremely angry with what happens at this place, I will punish these people severely MTY; my being very angry will be like MET a fire that will not be extinguished, and I will destroy the people, their animals, their fruit trees, and their crops.”
21Therefore, this is what the Commander of the armies of angels says: “Take away IRO your offerings that you bring to burn completely on your altars and your other sacrifices; don't give them to me; eat them yourselves!
22When I led your ancestors out of Egypt, it was not offerings to be completely burned on the altar or other sacrifices that I wanted from them.
23What I told them was, ‘Obey me; if you do that, I will be your God and you will be my people. If you do the things that I want you to do, everything will go well for you.’
24But your ancestors would not pay any attention DOU to me. They continued to do the evil things that they wanted to do, everything that in their stubborn inner beings they desired to do. Instead of coming closer to me, they went further away from me.
25From the day that your ancestors left Egypt until now, I have continued to send my prophets to you.
26But you, my people, have not listened to me or paid attention to what I said; you have been stubborn, and you have done more sinful things than your ancestors did.”
27Then Yahweh said to me, “When you tell all this to my people, they will not listen to you. When you call to them, they will not answer.
28Say to them, ‘You people of Judah have not obeyed Yahweh, your God; you have not accepted it when he tried to correct you. No one among you is truthful; you do not say anything that is true; you speak only lies.’
29So, tell them to cut off their hair to show that they are mourning; tell them to go up into the hills and sing a sad funeral song, because I have completely rejected DOU this generation of people who have made me angry.”
30Yahweh says this: “The people of Judah have done many things that I say are evil. They have set up their disgusting idols in my temple, causing it to become an unacceptable place to worship me.
31They have built altars at Topheth in Hinnom Valley outside Jerusalem, and they sacrifice their sons and daughters on those altars. I never commanded them to do that; I never even thought that anyone would do that.
32So they should beware! There will be a time when that place will no longer be called Topheth or the Hinnom Valley; instead, it will be called the Valley of Slaughter. There will be a huge number of people who will be buried there, with the result that there will be no space to bury more bodies.
33The corpses of my people that are not buried and are left on the ground will be eaten by vultures and wild animals, and there will be no one to shoo/chase them away.
34There will be no one singing and laughing anymore in the streets of Jerusalem; there will be no more joyful voices of bridegrooms and brides in Judah, because the land will be completely destroyed.”