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1Jeremiah received the LORD’s word: 2Stand near the gate of the LORD’s temple and proclaim there this message: Listen to the LORD’s word, all you of Judah who enter these gates to worship the LORD. 3This is what the LORD of heavenly forces, the God of Israel, says: Improve your conduct and your actions, and I will dwell with you#Or I will let you dwell in this place. 4Don’t trust in lies: "This is the LORD’s temple! The LORD’s temple! The LORD’s temple!" 5No, if you truly reform your ways and your actions; if you treat each other justly; 6if you stop taking advantage of the immigrant, orphan, or widow; if you don’t shed the blood of the innocent in this place, or go after other gods to your own ruin, 7only then will I dwell with you#Or I will let you dwell in this place, in the land that I gave long ago to your ancestors for all time.
8And yet you trust in lies that will only hurt you. 9Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, sacrifice to Baal and go after other gods that you don’t know, 10and then come and stand before me in this temple that bears my name, and say, "We are safe," only to keep on doing all these detestable things? 11Do you regard this temple, which bears my name, as a hiding place for criminals? I can see what’s going on here, declares the LORD.
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