then my covenant1 with David my servant--and my covenant with the Levites2 who are priests ministering before me--can be broken and David will no longer have a descendant to reign on his throne.322
I will make the descendants of David my servant and the Levites who minister before me as countless4 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 kingdomsa5 he chose'? So they despise6 my people and no longer regard them as a nation.725
This is what the LORD says: 'If I have not established my covenant with day and night8 and the fixed laws9 of heaven and earth,1026
then I will reject11 the descendants of Jacob12 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 fortunesb13 and have compassion14 on them.' "