I told all the people, especially the women, what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, was saying to the people of Judah living in Egypt: "Both you and your wives have made solemn promises to the Queen of Heaven. You promised that you would offer sacrifices to her and pour out wine offerings to her, and you have kept your promises. Very well, then! Keep your promises! Carry out your vows!
But now listen to the vow that I, the Lord, have made in my mighty name to all you Israelites in Egypt: Never again will I let any of you use my name to make a vow by saying, "I swear by the living Sovereign Lord!'
I will see to it that you will not prosper, but will be destroyed. All of you will die, either in war or of disease, until not one of you is left.
But a few of you will escape death and return from Egypt to Judah. Then the survivors will know whose words have come true, mine or theirs.
I, the Lord, will give you proof that I will punish you in this place and that my promise to bring destruction on you will come true.
I will hand over King Hophra of Egypt to his enemies who want to kill him, just as I handed over King Zedekiah of Judah to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylonia, who was his enemy and wanted to kill him." 1