Let no foreigner(A) who is bound to the Lord say,
    “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.”(B)
And let no eunuch(C) complain,
    “I am only a dry tree.”

For this is what the Lord says:

“To the eunuchs(D) who keep my Sabbaths,
    who choose what pleases me
    and hold fast to my covenant(E)
to them I will give within my temple and its walls(F)
    a memorial(G) and a name
    better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name(H)
    that will endure forever.(I)
And foreigners(J) who bind themselves to the Lord
    to minister(K) to him,
to love the name(L) of the Lord,
    and to be his servants,
all who keep the Sabbath(M) without desecrating it
    and who hold fast to my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain(N)
    and give them joy in my house of prayer.
Their burnt offerings and sacrifices(O)
    will be accepted on my altar;
for my house will be called
    a house of prayer for all nations.(P)(Q)

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False Religion Worthless

This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Stand(A) at the gate of the Lord’s house and there proclaim this message:

“‘Hear the word of the Lord, all you people of Judah who come through these gates to worship the Lord. This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Reform your ways(B) and your actions, and I will let you live(C) in this place. Do not trust(D) in deceptive(E) words and say, “This is the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord, the temple of the Lord!” If you really change(F) your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly,(G) if you do not oppress(H) the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood(I) in this place, and if you do not follow other gods(J) to your own harm, then I will let you live in this place, in the land(K) I gave your ancestors(L) for ever and ever. But look, you are trusting(M) in deceptive(N) words that are worthless.

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

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 7:9 Or and swear by false gods