The wordwhichcame to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
"1Hear the words of this2covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem ;
and say to them, 'Thussays the LORD, the God of Israel, "3Cursed is the manwho does not heed the words of thiscovenant4which I commanded your forefathers in the 4day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the 5ironfurnace, saying, '6Listen to My voice, and ado according to allwhich I command you; so you shall be 7My people, and I will be your God,'
in order to confirm the 8oathwhich I swore to your forefathers, to give them a landflowing with milk and honey, as it is thisday."' " Then I said, "9Amen, O LORD."
And the LORDsaid to me, "10Proclaimallthesewords in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, '11Hear the words of thiscovenant and 12do them.
'For I solemnly13warned your fathers in the 14day that I brought them up from the land of Egypt, even to thisday, b15warningpersistently, saying, "16Listen to My voice."
'Yet they 17did not obey or incline their ear, but walked, eachone, in the stubbornness of his evilheart ; therefore I brought on them all the 18words of thiscovenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.' "
Then the LORDsaid to me, "A 19conspiracy has been found among the men of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
"They have 20turnedback to the iniquities of their cancestorswho21refused to hear My words, and they 22have goneafterothergods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have 23broken My covenantwhich I made with their fathers."
11Thereforethussays the LORD, "Behold I am 24bringingdisaster on them which they will 25not be able to escape ; though they will 26cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them.
"Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will 27go and cry to the gods to whom they burnincense, but they surely will not save them in the time of their disaster.
"For your gods are d28as many as your cities, O Judah ; and eas many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to the 29shamefulthing, altars to 30burnincense to Baal.
"Therefore 31do not pray for thispeople, norlift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will 32not listenwhen they call to Me because of their disaster.
15"What right has My 33beloved in My houseWhen34she has donemanyviledeeds ? Can the sacrificialfleshtakeaway from you your disaster, fSo that you can rejoice ?"
The LORDcalled your name, "A 35greenolivetree, beautiful in fruit and form "; With the 36noise of a greattumult He has 37kindledfire on it, And its branches are worthless.
The LORD of hosts, who 38planted you, has 39pronouncedevilagainst you because of the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have gdone to provoke Me by h40offering up sacrifices to Baal.
Moreover, the LORD41made it known to me and I knew it; Then You showed me their deeds.
But I was like a gentle42lambled to the slaughter ; And I did not know that they had 43devisedplotsagainst me, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its ifruit, And 44let us cut him off from the 45land of the living, That his 46name be rememberednomore."
But, O LORD of hosts, who 47judgesrighteously, Who 48tries the jfeelings and the heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them, For to You have I kcommitted my cause.
21Thereforethussays the LORDconcerning the men of 49Anathoth, who 50seek your life, saying, "51Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, so that you will not 52die at our hand ";
22therefore, thussays the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I am about to 53punish them! The 54youngmen will die by the sword, their sons and daughters will die by famine ;
and a remnant55will not be left to them, for I will 56bringdisaster on the men of Anathoth -57the year of their punishment."