"This is what the LORD says: 'If you can break my covenant with the day1 and my covenant with the night, so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time,221
then my covenant3 with David my servant--and my covenant with the Levites4 who are priests ministering before me--can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.522
I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless6 as the stars of the sky and as measureless as the sand on the seashore.' "
The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah:
"Have you not noticed that these people are saying, 'The LORD has rejected the two kingdomsa7 he chose'? So they despise8 my people and no longer regard them as a nation.925
This is what the LORD says: 'If I have not established my covenant with day and night10 and the fixed laws11 of heaven and earth,1226
then I will reject13 the descendants of Jacob14 and David my servant and will not choose one of his sons to rule over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. For I will restore their fortunesb15 and have compassion16 on them.' "