And though the city will be handed over to the Babylonians, you, O Sovereign LORD, say to me, 'Buy the field1 with silver and have the transaction witnessed.2' "
Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
"I am the LORD, the God of all mankind.3 Is anything too hard for me?428
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: I am about to hand this city over to the Babylonians and to Nebuchadnezzar5 king of Babylon, who will capture it.629
The Babylonians who are attacking this city will come in and set it on fire; they will burn it down,7 along with the houses8 where the people provoked me to anger by burning incense on the roofs to Baal and by pouring out drink offerings9 to other gods.1030
"The people of Israel and Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth;11 indeed, the people of Israel have done nothing but provoke12 me with what their hands have made,13 declares the LORD.
From the day it was built until now, this city14 has so aroused my anger and wrath that I must remove15 it from my sight.
The people of Israel and Judah have provoked16 me by all the evil17 they have done--they, their kings and officials,18 their priests and prophets, the men of Judah and the people of Jerusalem.
They turned their backs19 to me and not their faces; though I taught20 them again and again, they would not listen or respond to discipline.2134
They set up their abominable idols22 in the house that bears my Name23 and defiled24 it.
They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom25 to sacrifice their sons and daughtersa to Molech,26 though I never commanded, nor did it enter my mind,27 that they should do such a detestable28 thing and so make Judah sin.29