24 All the nations will ask: “Why has the Lord done this to this land?(A) Why this fierce, burning anger?”

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24 Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger?

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Do not trust(A) in deceptive(B) words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” If you really change(C) your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,(D) if you do not oppress(E) the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood(F) in this place, and if you do not follow other gods(G) to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land(H) I gave your ancestors(I) for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting(J) in deceptive(K) words that are worthless.

“‘Will you steal(L) and murder,(M) commit adultery(N) and perjury,[a](O) burn incense to Baal(P) and follow other gods(Q) you have not known, 10 and then come and stand(R) before me in this house,(S) which bears my Name, and say, “We are safe”—safe to do all these detestable things?(T) 11 Has this house,(U) which bears my Name, become a den of robbers(V) to you? But I have been watching!(W) declares the Lord.

12 “‘Go now to the place in Shiloh(X) where I first made a dwelling(Y) for my Name,(Z) and see what I did(AA) to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel. 13 While you were doing all these things, declares the Lord, I spoke(AB) to you again and again,(AC) but you did not listen;(AD) I called(AE) you, but you did not answer.(AF) 14 Therefore, what I did to Shiloh(AG) I will now do to the house that bears my Name,(AH) the temple(AI) you trust in, the place I gave to you and your ancestors. 15 I will thrust you from my presence,(AJ) just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of Ephraim.’(AK)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 7:9 Or and swear by false gods
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Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.

For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings; if ye throughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;

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:

Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.

Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.

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.

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.

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38 Look, your house is left to you desolate.(A)

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38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

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