"But if youa or your sons turn away1 from me and do not observe the commands and decrees I have given youb and go off to serve other gods2 and worship them,
then I will cut off Israel from the land3 I have given them and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name.4 Israel will then become a byword5 and an object of ridicule6 among all peoples.
And though this temple is now imposing, all who pass by will be appalled7 and will scoff and say, 'Why has the LORD done such a thing to this land and to this temple?'89
People will answer,9 'Because they have forsaken10 the LORD their God, who brought their fathers out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them--that is why the LORD brought all this disaster11 on them.' "