The Bible in Its Traditions

Jeremiah 7:16–20

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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.

16  Therefore, you should not pray for this people, nor take up praise and supplication on their behalf. And you should not stand in opposition to me. For then I will not heed you.

16  Therefore do not pray for this people, neither supplicate for them nor make intercession to me; for I will not hear you.

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17  Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?

17  Have you not seen what they are doing 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 the dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke Me.

18  The sons gather the wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the wives spread the grease, so as to make cakes to the queen of heaven and to offer libations to strange gods, and so as to provoke me to anger.

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19  Do they provoke Me? saith YHWH; do they not provoke themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?

19  But are they provoking me to anger, says the Lord? Are they not provoking themselves, to the confusion of their own faces?”

19  It is not I that they provoke, says the LORD, but they provoke themselves so that they may be ashamed.

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20  Therefore thus saith YHWH 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 land; and it shall burn, and shall not be quenched.

20  Therefore, thus says the Lord God: “Behold, my fury and my indignation is kindled against this place, over men and over beasts, and over the trees of the countryside and over the fruits of the land, and it will burn and not be extinguished.”