"Listen to the terms of this covenant1 and tell them to the people of Judah and to those who live in Jerusalem.
Tell them that this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Cursed2 is the man who does not obey the terms of this covenant--
the terms I commanded your forefathers when I brought them out of Egypt,3 out of the iron-smelting furnace.4' I said, 'Obey5 me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people,6 and I will be your God.
Then I will fulfill the oath I swore7 to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey'8--the land you possess today." I answered, "Amen,9 LORD."
The LORD said to me, "Proclaim10 all these words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: 'Listen to the terms of this covenant and follow11 them.
From the time I brought your forefathers up from Egypt until today, I warned them again and again,12 saying, "Obey me."
But they did not listen or pay attention;13 instead, they followed the stubbornness of their evil hearts.14 So I brought on them all the curses15 of the covenant I had commanded them to follow but that they did not keep.16' "
Then the LORD said to me, "There is a conspiracy17 among the people of Judah and those who live in Jerusalem.
They have returned to the sins of their forefathers,18 who refused to listen to my words.19 They have followed other gods20 to serve them.21 Both the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken the covenant22 I made with their forefathers.
Therefore this is what the LORD says: 'I will bring on them a disaster23 they cannot escape.24 Although they cry25 out to me, I will not listen26 to them.
The towns of Judah and the people of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they burn incense,27 but they will not help them at all when disaster28 strikes.