The LORD warned1 Israel and Judah through all his prophets and seers:2 "Turn from your evil ways.3 Observe my commands and decrees, in accordance with the entire Law that I commanded your fathers to obey and that I delivered to you through my servants the prophets."414
But they would not listen and were as stiff-necked5 as their fathers, who did not trust in the LORD their God.
They rejected his decrees and the covenant6 he had made with their fathers and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols7 and themselves became worthless.8 They imitated the nations9 around them although the LORD had ordered them, "Do not do as they do," and they did the things the LORD had forbidden them to do.
They forsook all the commands of the LORD their God and made for themselves two idols cast in the shape of calves,10 and an Asherah11 pole. They bowed down to all the starry hosts,12 and they worshiped Baal.1317
They sacrificed14 their sons and daughters ina the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery15 and sold16 themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD, provoking him to anger.
So the LORD was very angry with Israel and removed them from his presence.17 Only the tribe of Judah was left,