NASB — Jeremiah 7 — KJV

Message at the Temple Gate

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2aStand in the gate of the LORDS 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, ‘IThis 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 Iaorphan, 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.

[2] aJr 17:19; 26:2
[3] aJr 4:1; 7:5; 18:11; 26:13
[4] ILit They are aJr 7:8; Mi 3:11
[5] aIs 1:19; Jr 4:1, 2 b1K 6:12; Jr 21:12; 22:3
[6] IOr fatherless aEx 22:21-24; Jr 5:28 bJr 2:34; 19:4 cDt 6:14, 15; 8:19; 11:28; Jr 13:10
[7] aDt 4:40 bJr 3:18

8 ¶ “Behold, you are trusting in adeceptive words to no avail. 9 Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery and swear falsely, and Iaoffer 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.

[8] aJr 7:4; 28:15
[9] IOr burn incense aJr 11:13, 17 bEx 20:3; Jr 7:6; 19:4
[10] aEzk 23:39 bJr 7:11, 14, 30; 32:34
[11] aIs 56:7 bMt 21:13; Mk 11:17; Lk 19:46 cJr 29:23

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 Ioffspring of bEphraim.

[12] aJg 18:31; Jr 26:6 bJsh 18:1, 10 c1S 4:10, 11, 22; Ps 78:60-64
[13] aJr 7:25 bJr 35:17 cPv 1:24; Is 65:12; 66:4
[14] aDt 12:5; 1K 9:7 bJr 7:4 cJr 7:12
[15] ILit seed aJr 15:1; 52:3 bPs 78:67; Ho 7:13; 9:13; 12:1

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 Ichildren 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 Itheir own bshame?” 20 Therefore thus says the Lord IGOD, “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.”

[16] aEx 32:10; Dt 9:14; Jr 11:14
[18] ILit sons aJr 19:13 bDt 32:16, 21; 1K 14:9; 16:2; Jr 11:17; Ezk 8:17
[19] ILit their faces’; aJb 35:6; 1Co 10:22 bJr 9:19; 15:9; 22:22
[20] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aIs 42:25; Jr 6:11, 12; 42:18; Lm 2:3-5; 4:11 bJr 8:13; 11:16

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 Iwhat 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 Ibwent 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.

[21] aIs 1:11; Jr 6:20; 14:12; Am 5:22 bEzk 33:25; Ho 8:13
[22] a1S 15:22; Ps 51:16; Ho 6:6
[23] ILit the word which aEx 15:26; 16:32; Dt 6:3 bEx 19:5, 6; Lv 26:12; Jr 11:4; 13:11 cIs 3:10; Jr 38:20; 42:6
[24] ILit they were aDt 29:19; Ps 81:11; Jr 11:8; Ezk 20:8, 13, 16, 21 bJr 15:6
[25] a2Ch 36:15; Jr 25:4; 29:19; Lk 11:49
[26] aNe 9:16; Jr 17:23; 19:15 bJr 16:12; Mt 23:32

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; Ibtruth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.
  29aCut off Iyour 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 Imind.

[27] aJr 1:7; 26:2; Ezk 2:7 bIs 50:2; 65:12; Zc 7:13
[28] ILit faithfulness aJr 6:17; 11:10 bIs 59:14, 15; Jr 9:5
[29] ILit your crown aJb 1:20; Is 15:2; 22:12; Jr 16:6; Mi 1:16 bJr 3:21; 9:17, 18 cJr 6:30; 14:19
[30] a2K 21:3f; 2Ch 33:3-5, 7; Jr 32:34, 35; Ezk 7:20; Dn 9:27; 11:31
[31] ILit heart a2K 23:10; Jr 19:5; 32:35 bLv 18:21; 2K 17:17; Ps 106:38 cDt 17:3

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 Ibecause 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.

[32] IOr until there is no place left aJr 19:6, 11 b2K 23:10
[33] aDt 28:26; Ps 79:2; Jr 12:9; 19:7
[34] aIs 24:7, 8; Jr 16:9; 25:10; Ezk 26:13; Ho 2:11; Rv 18:23 bLv 26:33; Is 1:7; Jr 4:27


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Jeremiah is sent to call for true repentance, to prevent the Jews' captivity.

1 ¶ The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 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. 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 this place. 4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, The temple of the LORD, [are] these. 5 For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour; 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 Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.

[2] 1K 22:19; Pv 1:20; 8:2; Is 1:10; Jr 2:4; 10:1; 17:19; 19:2, 3, 14; 22:1, 2; 26:2; 34:4; 36:6, 10; 44:24; Ezk 2:4; Ho 5:1; Am 7:16; Mi 1:2; 3:1, 9; Mt 13:9; Jn 18:20; Ac 5:20, 42; Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.
[3] Pv 28:13; Is 1:16; 55:7; Jr 7:5; 18:11; 26:13; 35:15; Ezk 18:30; 33:4; Mt 3:8; Jm 4:8.
[4] 1S 4:3; Jr 6:14; 7:8, 9; 28:15; 29:23, 31; Ezk 13:19; Mi 3:11; Zp 3:11; Mt 3:9; Lk 3:8.
[5] Jg 5:1; 21:12; 1K 6:12; Is 1:19; 16:3; Jr 4:1; 7:3; Ezk 18:8, 17.
[6] Ex 22:21; Dt 6:14; 8:19; 11:28; 24:17; 27:19; 2K 21:6; 24:4; Jb 31:13; Ps 82:3; 106:38; Is 59:7; Jr 2:30, 34; 13:10; 22:3, 15, 17; 26:15, 23; Lm 4:13; Ezk 18:6; 22:3; Zc 7:9; Mal 3:5; Mt 23:35; 27:4, 25; Jm 1:27.
[7] Dt 4:40; 2Ch 33:8; Jr 3:18; 17:20; 18:7; 25:5.

He rejecteth their vain confidence,

8 ¶ Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 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; 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 abominations? 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.

[8] Is 28:15; 30:10; Jr 4:10; 5:31; 7:4; 8:10; 14:13; 23:14, 26, 32; Ezk 13:6.
[9] Ex 20:3; Dt 32:17; Jg 5:8; 1K 18:21; Ps 50:16; Is 59:1; Jr 7:6; 9:2; 11:13, 17; 13:10; 32:29; 44:3; Ezk 18:10, 18; 33:25; Ho 4:1; Mi 3:8; Zp 1:5; Zc 5:3; Mal 3:5; Ro 2:2, 17; 1Co 6:9; Ga 5:19; Ep 5:5; 2Ti 3:2; Jm 4:1; Rv 21:8; 22:15.
[10] 2K 21:4; 2Ch 33:4, 7; Pv 7:14; 15:8; Is 1:10; 48:2; 58:2; Jr 7:11, 14, 30; 32:34; 34:15; Ezk 20:39; 23:29, 37, 39; 33:31; Mt 23:14; Jn 13:18, 26; 18:28.
[11] 2Ch 6:33; Is 56:7; Jr 2:34; 16:16; 23:24; Mt 21:13; Mk 11:17; Lk 19:45; Jn 2:16; He 4:13; Rv 2:18.

by the example of Shiloh.

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. 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 answered not; 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. 15 And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, [even] the whole seed of Ephraim. 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.

[12] Dt 12:5, 11; Jsh 18:1; Jg 18:31; 1S 1:3; 4:3, 10, 22; Ps 78:60; Jr 26:6.
[13] 2Ch 36:15; Ne 9:29; Pv 1:24; Is 50:2; 65:12; 66:4; Jr 7:25; 11:7; 25:3; 35:15; 44:4; Ho 11:2, 7; Zc 7:13; Mt 23:37.
[14] Dt 28:52; 1S 4:10; 1K 9:7; 2K 25:9; 2Ch 7:21; 36:18; Ps 74:6; 78:60; Is 64:11; Jr 7:4, 10; 26:6, 18; 52:13; Lm 2:7; 4:1; Ezk 7:20; 9:5; 24:21; Mi 3:11, 12; Mt 24:1; Ac 6:13.
[15] 2K 17:18, 23; 24:20; 2Ch 15:9; Ps 78:67; Jr 3:8; 15:1; 23:39; 52:3; Ho 1:4; 9:3, 9, 16; 13:16.
[16] Ex 32:10; 2S 8:18; Is 1:15; Jr 11:14; 14:11; 15:1; 18:20; Ezk 14:14; Mi 3:4; 1Jn 5:16.

He threateneth them for their idolatry.

17 ¶ Seest thou not what they do 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 [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. 19 Do they provoke me to anger? saith the LORD: [do they] not [provoke] themselves to the confusion of their own faces? 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 quenched.

[17] Jr 6:27; Ezk 8:6; 14:23.
[18] Dt 4:19; 32:37; Jb 31:26; Ps 16:4; Is 3:8; 57:6; 65:3, 11; Jr 19:13; 25:7; 32:29; 44:17, 25; Ezk 20:28; 1Co 10:22.
[19] Dt 32:16, 21; Ezr 9:7; Is 1:20, 24; 45:16; Jr 2:17, 19; 20:11; Ezk 8:17; Dn 9:7; 1Co 10:22.
[20] 2K 22:17; Is 42:25; 66:24; Jr 4:23; 9:10; 12:4; 14:16; 17:27; 42:18; 44:6; Lm 2:3; 4:11; Ezk 20:47; 22:22; Dn 9:11; Na 1:6; Mal 4:1; Mk 9:43; Rv 14:10; 16:1.

He rejecteth the sacrifices of the disobedient.

21 ¶ Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. 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: 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. 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. 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 [them]: 26 Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers. 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. 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 mouth.

[21] Is 1:11; Jr 6:20; Ho 8:13; Am 5:21.
[22] 1S 15:22; Ps 40:6; 50:8; 51:16; Ho 6:6; Mt 9:13; Mk 12:33.
[23] Ex 15:26; 19:5; Lv 26:3; Dt 4:10; 5:16, 29, 33; 6:3; 11:27; 13:4; 30:2, 8, 20; Jr 11:4, 7; 31:33; 42:6; Ro 16:26; 2Co 10:5; He 5:9.
[24] Ex 32:7; Dt 29:19; Ne 9:16, 29; Ps 81:11; 106:7; Jr 2:27; 3:17; 7:26; 8:5; 11:7; 23:17; 32:33; Ezk 20:8, 13, 16, 21; Ho 4:16.
[25] Dt 9:7, 21; 1S 8:7; 2Ch 36:15; Ezr 9:7; Ne 9:16, 26, 30; Ps 106:13; Jr 7:13; 25:4; 32:30; Ezk 2:3; 20:5; 23:2; Mt 21:34; Lk 20:10.
[26] 2K 17:14; 2Ch 30:8; 33:10; Ne 9:16, 17, 29; Pv 29:1; Is 48:4; Jr 6:17; 7:24; 11:8; 16:12; 17:23; 19:15; 25:3, 7; 26:5; 29:19; 34:14; 44:16; Dn 9:6; Mt 21:38; 23:32; Ac 7:51; Ro 2:5.
[27] Is 6:9; 50:2; 65:12; Jr 1:7, 19; 26:2; Ezk 2:4; 3:4, 17; Zc 7:13; Ac 20:27.
[28] Ps 50:17; Pv 1:7; Is 1:4; 59:14; Jr 2:30; 5:1, 3; 6:8, 29; 9:3; 32:33; Ho 4:1; Mi 7:2; Zp 3:2, 7.

He exhorteth to mourn for their abominations in Tophet,

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. 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. 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.

[29] Dt 32:5; 2K 17:20; Jb 1:20; Is 15:2; Jr 6:30; 9:17; 16:6; 47:5; 48:37; Ezk 19:1; 28:12; Mi 1:16; Zc 11:8; Mt 3:7; 12:39; 16:4; 23:36; Ac 2:40.
[30] 2K 21:4, 7; 23:4, 12; 2Ch 33:4, 7, 15; Jr 23:11; 32:34; Ezk 7:20; 8:5; 43:7; Dn 9:27.
[31] Lv 18:21; 20:1; Dt 12:31; 17:3; Jsh 15:8; 2K 17:17; 23:20; 2Ch 28:3; 33:6; Ps 106:37; Jr 19:2, 5; 32:35; Ezk 16:20.

and the judgments for the same.

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. 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. 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.

[32] Lv 26:30; 2K 23:10; Jr 19:6, 11, 13; Ezk 6:5.
[33] Dt 28:26; Ps 79:2; Jr 8:1; 9:22; 12:9; 16:4; 22:19; 25:33; 34:20; Ezk 39:4, 18; Rv 19:17.
[34] Lv 26:33; Is 1:7; 3:26; 6:11; 24:7; Jr 4:27; 16:9; 25:10; 33:10; Ezk 26:13; Ho 2:11; Mi 7:13; Rv 18:23.


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