Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Return1 to me,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'and I will return to you,'2 says the LORD Almighty.
Do not be like your forefathers,3 to whom the earlier prophets4 proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Turn from your evil ways5 and your evil practices.' But they would not listen or pay attention to me,6 declares the LORD.75
Where are your forefathers now? And the prophets, do they live forever?
But did not my words8 and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your forefathers?9 "Then they repented and said, 'The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve,10 just as he determined to do.' "11