But Jeremiah responded to all the people-the men, women, and all the people who were answering him-saying,
"As for the incense you burned in Judah's cities and in Jerusalem's streets-you, your fathers, your kings, your officials, and the people of the land-did the Lord not remember them? He brought this to mind.
The Lord can no longer bear your evil deeds and the detestable acts you have committed, so your land has become a waste, a desolation, and an object of cursing, without inhabitant, as [you see] today.
Because you burned incense and sinned against the Lord and didn't obey the Lord's voice and didn't walk in His law, His statutes, and His testimonies, this disaster has come to you, as [you see] today."
Then Jeremiah said to all the people, including all the women, "Hear the word of the Lord, all Judah who are in the land of Egypt.
This is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: 'As for you and your wives, you women have spoken with your mouths, and you men fulfilled it by your deeds, saying: We will keep our vows we have made to burn incense to the queen of heaven and to pour out drink offerings for her. [Go ahead,] confirm your vows! Pay your vows!'
"Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, all you Judeans who live in the land of Egypt: 'I have sworn by My great name, says the Lord, that My name will never again be invoked by anyone of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, As the Lord God lives.
I am watching over them for disaster and not for good,a and every man of Judah who is in the land of Egypt will meet his end by sword or famine until they are finished off.
Those who escape the sword will return from the land of Egypt to the land of Judah only few in number, and the whole remnant of Judah, the ones going to the land of Egypt to live there for a while, will know whose word stands, Mine or theirs!
This will be a sign to you'-[this is] the Lord's declaration-'that I am about to punish you in this place, so you may know that My words of disaster concerning you will certainly come to pass.
This is what the Lord says: I am about to hand over Pharaoh Hophra, Egypt's king, to his enemies, to those who want to take his life, just as I handed over Judah's King Zedekiah to Babylon's King Nebuchadnezzar, who was his enemy, the one who wanted to take his life.' "