1The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,
2“Stand in the gate of Yahweh’s house and proclaim there this word and say: Hear the word of Yahweh, all you of Judah who enter in at these gates to worship Yahweh.
3“This is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to live in this place.
4Do not trust in lying words, saying, ‘This is Yahweh’s temple, Yahweh’s temple, Yahweh’s temple.’
5For if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute justice between a man and his neighbor;
6if you do not oppress the foreigner, the fatherless, or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place, nor walk after other gods (which is to your own hurt),
7then I will let you dwell in this place, in this land, which I gave to your fathers long ago, even forever.
8Behold, you are trusting in lying words that cannot help.
9“Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and turn incense into smoke-perfume to Baal, and follow other gods that you have not known,
10and then come and stand before me in this house that is called by my name, and say, ‘We are delivered!’ only to go on doing all these abominations?
11Has this house that is called by my name become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, I, even I, have seen it,” declares Yahweh.
12“But go now to my place that was in Shiloh, where I caused my name to dwell at first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of my people Israel.
13Now, because you have done all these things, says Yahweh, and because I spoke to you again and again, rising up early and speaking, but you did not listen, and I called you, but you did not answer,
14therefore I will do to the house that is called by my name, in which you trust, even to the place that I gave to you and to your fathers, just as I did to Shiloh.
15I will cast you out of my sight as I have cast out all your brothers, even the whole seed of Ephraim.
16“As for you, do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to me, for I will not hear you.
17Do you not see what they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
18The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings to other gods, making me angry.
19But are they making me angry?” says Yahweh. “Are they not doing it to themselves, to the shame of their own faces?”
20Therefore this is what the Lord Yahweh says: “Behold, my anger and my wrath will be poured out on this place, on man and on animal, and on the trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground, and it will burn and will not be quenched.”
21This is what Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices, and eat meat.
22For in the day that I brought your fathers out of the land of Egypt, I did not speak to them or give them commands out of concern for burnt offerings or sacrifices;
23but this thing I commanded them, saying, ‘Listen to my voice, and I will be your God and you will be my people; and walk in all the ways that I command you so that it will be well with you.’
24But they did not listen or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward.
25Since the day that your fathers came out of the land of Egypt to this day, I have sent to you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them again and again,
26yet they did not listen to me or incline their ear, but made their neck stiff. They did worse than their fathers.
27“You are to speak all these words to them, but they will not listen to you; you will also call to them, but they will not answer you.
28You must tell them, ‘This is the nation that has not listened to the voice of Yahweh their God, nor received instruction. Truth has perished; it is cut off from their mouth.
29Cut off your hair and throw it away, and take up a lamentation on the bare heights, for Yahweh has rejected and forsaken the generation that has aroused his wrath.’
30“For the children of Judah have done what is evil in my eyes, says Yahweh, they have set their abominations in the house that is called by my name, to defile it.
31They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I didn’t command, nor did it come into my mind.
32“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says Yahweh, “that it will no more be called Topheth, nor the Valley of the son of Hinnom, but the Valley of Slaughter; for they will bury bodies in Topheth because there is no place left to bury.
33The dead bodies of this people will be food for the birds of the air and for the animals of the earth, and no one will frighten them away.
34Then 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 will become a waste.”