When Jehoiakim, the son of Josiah, king of Judah, first became king, this word came from the Lord, saying,
This is what the Lord has said: Take your place in the open square of the Lord's house and say to all the towns of Judah, who come into the Lord's house for worship, everything I give you orders to say to them: keep back not a word;
It may be that they will give ear, and that every man will be turned from his evil way, so that my purpose of sending evil on them because of the evil of their doings may be changed.
And you are to say to them, This is what the Lord has said: If you do not give ear to me and go in the way of my law which I have put before you,
And give ear to the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you, getting up early and sending them, though you gave no attention;
Then I will make this house like Shiloh, and will make this town a curse to all the nations of the earth.