Jeremiah received the LORD's word concerning all the people of Judah in the fourth year of Judah's King Jehoiakim, Josiah's son. This was the first year of Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar.
The prophet Jeremiah addressed all the people of Judah and all those living in Jerusalem.
From the thirteenth year of Judah's King Josiah, Amon's son, to this very day—twenty-three years—the LORD's word has come to me. I have delivered it to you repeatedly, although you wouldn't listen.
In fact, the LORD has tirelessly sent you all his servants, the prophets, but you wouldn't listen or pay attention.
They said, "Each one of you, turn from your evil ways and deeds and live in the fertile land that the LORD gave you and your ancestors for all time.
Don't follow or worship other gods and don't anger me by what you make with your hands. Then I won't bring disaster upon you."