He did evil in the eyes of the LORD1 his God and did not humble2 himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the LORD.
He also rebelled against King Nebuchadnezzar, who had made him take an oath3 in God's name. He became stiff-necked4 and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD, the God of Israel.
Furthermore, all the leaders of the priests and the people became more and more unfaithful,5 following all the detestable practices of the nations and defiling the temple of the LORD, which he had consecrated in Jerusalem.
The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them through his messengers6 again and again,7 because he had pity on his people and on his dwelling place.
But they mocked God's messengers, despised his words and scoffed8 at his prophets until the wrath9 of the LORD was aroused against his people and there was no remedy.10