The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD,saying ,
2Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;3
And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORDGod of Israel;Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant,4
Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, from the ironfurnace,saying , Obey my voice, and do them, according to all which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:5
That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a landflowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said , So be it, O LORD.6
Then the LORDsaid unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem,saying , Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
For I earnestlyprotested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting , saying , Obey my voice.8
Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the imaginationa of their evilheart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do ; but they did them not.
And the LORDsaid unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.10
They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers , which refused to hear my words; and they wentafterothergods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.11
Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bringevil upon them, which they shall not be able to escape ;b and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto them.
Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalemgo , and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer incense : but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble.c13
For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set upaltars to that shameful thing, even altars to burn incense unto Baal.14
Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.d15
What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wroughtlewdness with many, and the holyflesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou rejoicest .
The LORDcalled thy name, A green olive tree,fair, and of goodlyfruit: with the noise of a greattumult he hath kindledfire upon it, and the branches of it are broken .
For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronouncedevil against thee, for the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.18
And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me their doings.19
But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter ; and I knew not that they had deviseddevices against me, saying, Let us destroy the treee with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered .
But, O LORD of hosts, that judgestrighteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.21
Therefore thus saith the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life,saying , Prophesy not in the name of the LORD, that thou die not by our hand:22
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punishf them: the young men shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:23
And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bringevil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.