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14 Jeremiah, don’t pray for these people or beg me to rescue them. If you do, I won’t listen, and I certainly won’t listen if they pray!

15 Then the Lord told me to say to the people of Judah:

You are my chosen people,
    but you have no right
to be here in my temple,
    doing such terrible things.
The sacrifices you offer me
won’t protect you from disaster,
    so stop celebrating.[a]
16 Once you were like an olive tree
    covered with fruit.
But soon I will send a noisy mob
to break off your branches
    and set you on fire.

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Footnotes

  1. 11.15 celebrating: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text of verse 15.

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