Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your fathers1 and by the kings2 and queens3 of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your wives4 in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem?510
To this day they have not humbled6 themselves or shown reverence,7 nor have they followed my law8 and the decrees9 I set before you and your fathers.1011
"Therefore, this is what the LORD Almighty,11 the God of Israel, says: I am determined to bring disaster12 on you and to destroy all Judah.
I will take away the remnant13 of Judah who were determined to go to Egypt to settle there. They will all perish in Egypt; they will fall by the sword or die from famine. From the least to the greatest,14 they will die by sword or famine.15 They will become an object of cursing and horror, of condemnation and reproach.1613
I will punish17 those who live in Egypt with the sword,18 famine and plague,19 as I punished Jerusalem.
None of the remnant of Judah who have gone to live in Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah, to which they long to return and live; none will return except a few fugitives."2015
Then all the men who knew that their wives21 were burning incense22 to other gods, along with all the women23 who were present--a large assembly--and all the people living in Lower and Upper Egypt,a24 said to Jeremiah,
"We will not listen25 to the message you have spoken to us in the name of the LORD!2617
We will certainly do everything we said we would:27 We will burn incense28 to the Queen of Heaven29 and will pour out drink offerings to her just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials30 did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem.31 At that time we had plenty of food32 and were well off and suffered no harm.3318
But ever since we stopped burning incense to the Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings34 to her, we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.3536"
The women added, "When we burned incense37 to the Queen of Heaven38 and poured out drink offerings to her, did not our husbands39 know that we were making cakes40 like her image41 and pouring out drink offerings to her?"