"Now therefore say to the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, 'This is what the LORD says: Look! I am preparing a disaster1 for you and devising a plan2 against you. So turn3 from your evil ways,4 each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.'512
But they will reply, 'It's no use.6 We will continue with our own plans; each of us will follow the stubbornness of his evil heart.7' "
Therefore this is what the LORD says: "Inquire among the nations: Who has ever heard anything like this?8 A most horrible9 thing has been done by Virgin10 Israel.
Does the snow of Lebanon ever vanish from its rocky slopes? Do its cool waters from distant sources ever cease to flow?a15
Yet my people have forgotten11 me; they burn incense12 to worthless idols,13 which made them stumble14 in their ways and in the ancient paths.15 They made them walk in bypaths and on roads not built up.1616
Their land will be laid waste,17 an object of lasting scorn;18 all who pass by will be appalled19 and will shake their heads.2017
Like a wind21 from the east, I will scatter them before their enemies; I will show them my back and not my face22 in the day of their disaster."