Early in the rule of Judah's King Jehoiakim, Josiah's son, this word came from the LORD:
The LORD proclaims: Stand in the temple courtyard and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who have come to the temple to worship. Tell them everything I command you; leave nothing out.
Perhaps they will listen and each will turn from their evil ways. If they do, I will relent and not carry out the harm I have in mind for them because of the wrong they have done.
So tell them, The LORD proclaims: If you don't listen to me or follow the Instruction I have set before you—
if you don't listen to the words of the prophets that I have sent to you time and again, though you haven't listened,
then I will make this temple a ruin like Shiloh, and this city I will make a curse before all nations on earth.