because of their evil ways that provoked Me to anger, going and burning incense to serve other gods they, you, and your fathers did not know.
So I sent you all My servants the prophets time and time again,a saying, Don't do this detestable thing that I hate.
But they did not listen or pay attention; they did not turn from their evil or stop burning incense to other gods.
So My fierce wrath poured forth and burned in Judah's cities and Jerusalem's streets so that they became the desolate ruin they are today.
"So now, this is what the Lord, the God of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: Why are you doing such great harm to yourselves? You are cutting off man and woman, child and infantb from Judah, leaving yourselves without a remnant.
You are provoking Me to anger by the work of your hands. You are burning incense to other gods in the land of Egypt where you have gone to live for a while. As a result, you will be cut off and become an object of cursing and insult among all the nations of earth.
Have you forgotten the evils of your fathers, the evils of Judah's kings, the evils of their wives, your own evils, and the evils of your wives that were committed in the land of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
They have not become humble to this day, and they have not feared or walked by My law or My statutes that I set before you and your ancestors.
"Therefore, this is what the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel, says: I am about to turn against you to [bring] disaster,c to cut off all Judah.
And I will take away the remnant of Judah, those who have resolved to go to the land of Egypt to live there for a while; they will meet their end. All of them in the land of Egypt will fall by the sword; they will meet their end by famine. From the least to the greatest, they will die by the sword and by famine. Then they will become an object of execration, of scorn, of cursing, and of disgrace.
I will punish those living in the land of Egypt just as I punished Jerusalem by sword, famine, and plague.