1The word that was sent to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,2Stand 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.3Thus hath the Lord of the hosts the God of Israel said, Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place.4Do not trust in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord are these.5For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if ye thoroughly do right between a man and his neighbour,6if ye do not oppress the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed no innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt,7then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers for ever and ever.8Behold, ye trust in lying words that cannot profit.9Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not,10and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are free to do all these abominations?11Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, said the Lord.12But go 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.13And now because ye have done all these works, said the Lord and I spoke well unto you, rising up early and speaking, but ye did not hear; and I called you, but ye did not answer;14therefore I will do unto this house, which is called by my name, in which ye trust, and unto this place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh.15And I will cast you out of my sight as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
16Therefore 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.17Dost thou not see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?18The sons 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.19Shall they provoke me to anger? said the Lord: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?20Therefore thus hath the Lord GOD said: Behold, my 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.
21Thus hath the Lord of the hosts, the God of Israel said: Add your burnt offerings upon your sacrifices and eat flesh.22For I did not speak unto your fathers, nor command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices:23But this thing I commanded them, saying, Hear my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the way that I have commanded you that it may be well unto you.24But they did not hearken, nor incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels in the imagination of their evil heart and went backward, and not forward25since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day. I have even sent unto you all my slaves, the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them;26yet they did not hearken unto me, nor incline their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers.27Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt even call unto them; but they will not answer thee.28Therefore thou shalt say unto them, This is the nation that did not hear the voice of the Lord their God, nor receive chastisement; the faith is lost and was cut off from their mouth.
29Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away and take up a lamentation on high places; for the Lord has cast off and forsaken the nation of his wrath.30For the sons of Judah have done evil in my sight, said the Lord; they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name to pollute it.31And 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 did not command them, neither did it come into my heart.32Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no longer be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter; for they shall bury in Tophet, for there shall be no other place.33And the carcasses of this people shall be food for the fowls of the heaven and for the beasts of the earth; and there shall be no one to chase them away.34Then I will 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.