1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 "aStand in the gate of the Lord'S house and proclaim there this word and say, 'Hear the word of the Lord, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the Lord!'" 3 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, "aAmend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place. 4 "aDo not trust in deceptive words, saying, 'This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord.' 5 "For aif you truly amend your ways and your deeds, if you truly bpractice justice between a man and his neighbor, 6 if you do not oppress the alien, the aorphan, or the widow, and do not shed binnocent blood in this place, nor cwalk after other gods to your own ruin, 7 then I will let you adwell in this place, in the bland that I gave to your fathers forever and ever. 8 "Behold, you are trusting in adeceptive words to no avail. 9 "Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and aoffer sacrifices to Baal and walk after bother gods that you have not known, 10 then acome and stand before Me in bthis house, which is called by My name, and say, 'We are delivered!'--that you may do all these abominations? 11 "Has athis house, which is called by My name, become a bden of robbers in your sight? Behold, cI, even I, have seen it," declares the Lord. 12 "But go now to My place which was in aShiloh, where I bmade My name dwell at the first, and csee what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. 13 "And now, because you have done all these things," declares the Lord, "and I spoke to you, arising up early and bspeaking, but you did not hear, and I ccalled you but you did not answer, 14 therefore, I will do to the ahouse which is called by My name, bin which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, as I cdid to Shiloh. 15 "I will acast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the offspring of bEphraim. 16 "As for you, ado not pray for this people, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you. 17 "Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? 18 "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and they apour out drink offerings to other gods in order to bspite Me. 19 "aDo they spite Me?" declares the Lord. "Is it not themselves they spite, to their own bshame?" 20 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, "Behold, My aanger and My wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on beast and on the btrees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched." 21 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, "Add your aburnt offerings to your sacrifices and beat flesh. 22 "For I did not aspeak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. 23 "But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'aObey My voice, and bI will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may cbe well with you.' 24 "Yet they adid not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and bwent backward and not forward. 25 "Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt until this day, I have asent you all My servants the prophets, daily rising early and sending them. 26 "Yet they did not listen to Me or incline their ear, but astiffened their neck; they bdid more evil than their fathers. 27 "You shall aspeak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you; and you shall call to them, but they will bnot answer you. 28 "You shall say to them, 'This is the nation that adid not obey the voice of the Lord their God or accept correction; btruth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth. 29 'aCut off your hair and cast it away, And btake up a lamentation on the bare heights; For the Lord has crejected and forsaken The generation of His wrath.' 30 "For the sons of Judah have done that which is evil in My sight," declares the Lord, "they have aset their detestable things in the house which is called by My name, to defile it. 31 "They have abuilt the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to bburn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I cdid not command, and it did not come into My mind. 32 "aTherefore, behold, days are coming," declares the Lord, "when it will no longer be called Topheth, or the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of the Slaughter; for they will bbury in Topheth because there is no other place. 33 "The adead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the sky and for the beasts of the earth; and no one will frighten them away. 34 "Then I will make to acease from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride; for the bland will become a ruin.