Say to them, 'Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and all people of Judah and everyone living in Jerusalem1 who come through these gates.221
This is what the LORD says: Be careful not to carry a load on the Sabbath3 day or bring it through the gates of Jerusalem.
Do not bring a load out of your houses or do any work on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy, as I commanded your forefathers.423
Yet they did not listen or pay attention;5 they were stiff-necked6 and would not listen or respond to discipline.724
But if you are careful to obey me, declares the LORD, and bring no load through the gates of this city on the Sabbath, but keep the Sabbath day holy8 by not doing any work on it,
then kings who sit on David's throne9 will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.1026
People will come from the towns of Judah and the villages around Jerusalem, from the territory of Benjamin and the western foothills, from the hill country and the Negev,11 bringing burnt offerings and sacrifices, grain offerings, incense and thank offerings to the house of the LORD.
But if you do not obey12 me to keep the Sabbath13 day holy by not carrying any load as you come through the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle an unquenchable fire14 in the gates of Jerusalem that will consume her fortresses.' "15