At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakima son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the Lord:
"This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard of the Lord's temple and speak all the words I have commanded you to speak to all Judah's cities that are coming to worship there. Do not hold back a word.b3
Perhaps they will listen and return-each from his evil way of life-so that I might relentc concerning the disaster that I plan to do to them because of the evil of their deeds.
You are to say to them: This is what the Lord says: If you do not listen to Me by living according to My law that I set before you
and by listening to the words of My servants the prophets I have been sending you time and time again,d though you did not listen,
I will make this temple like Shiloh.e I will make this city an object of cursing for all the nations of the earth."