This is the word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
"Listen to the terms of this covenant1 and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem.
Tell them that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Cursed2 is everyone who does not obey the terms of this covenant--
the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt,3 out of the iron-smelting furnace.4' I said, 'Obey5 me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people,6 and I will be your God.
Then I will fulfill the oath I swore7 to your ancestors, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey'8--the land you possess today." I answered, "Amen,9 LORD."
The LORD said to me, "Proclaim10 all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: 'Listen to the terms of this covenant and follow11 them.
From the time I brought your ancestors up from Egypt until today, I warned them again and again,12 saying, "Obey me."
But they did not listen or pay attention;13 instead, they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts.14 So I brought on them all the curses15 of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.16' "