"The LORD was very angry1 with your forefathers.
Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Return2 to me,' declares the LORD Almighty, 'and I will return to you,'3 says the LORD Almighty.
Do not be like your forefathers,4 to whom the earlier prophets5 proclaimed: This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Turn from your evil ways6 and your evil practices.' But they would not listen or pay attention to me,7 declares the LORD.85
Where are your forefathers now? And the prophets, do they live forever?
But did not my words9 and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets, overtake your forefathers?10 "Then they repented and said, 'The LORD Almighty has done to us what our ways and practices deserve,11 just as he determined to do.' "12