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Jeremiah 11:15-16

Promises and Pious Programs

15-16"What business do the ones I love have figuring out

how to get off the hook? And right in the house of worship!

Do you think making promises and devising pious programs

will save you from doom?

Do you think you can get out of this

by becoming more religious?

A mighty oak tree, majestic and glorious—

that's how I once described you.

But it will only take a clap of thunder and a bolt of lightning

to leave you a shattered wreck.

17"I, God-of-the-Angel-Armies, who planted you—yes, I have pronounced doom on you. Why? Because of the disastrous life you've lived, Israel and Judah alike, goading me to anger with your continuous worship and offerings to that sorry god Baal."