'I will pursue them with the sword, with famine and with pestilence ; and I will 1make them a terror to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a 2curse and a horror and a 3hissing, and a reproach among all the nationswhere I have driven them,
19because they have 4not listened to My words,' declares the LORD, 'which I sent to them again and again by 5My servants the prophets ; but you did not listen,' declares the LORD.
"You, therefore, hear the word of the LORD, all you exiles, whom I have 6sentaway from Jerusalem to Babylon.
21"Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, concerningAhab the son of Kolaiah and concerningZedekiah the son of Maaseiah, who are 7prophesying to you falsely in My name, 'Behold, I will deliver them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon, and he will slay them before your eyes.
22'Because of them a 8curse will be aused by all the exiles from Judahwho are in Babylon, saying, "May the LORDmake you like Zedekiah and like Ahab, whom the king of Babylon9roasted in the fire,
23because they have 10actedfoolishly in Israel, and 11have committedadultery with their neighbors'wives and have 12spokenwords in My namefalsely, which I did not command them; and I am He who 13knows and am a witness," declares the LORD.' "
To 14Shemaiah the Nehelamite you shall speak, saying,
25"Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, 'Because you have sent15letters in your own name to all the peoplewho are in Jerusalem, and to 16Zephaniah the son of Maaseiah, the priest, and to all the priests, saying,
"The LORD has made you priestinstead of Jehoiada the priest, to be the b17overseer in the house of the LORD over every18madman who 19prophesies, to 20put him in the stocks and in the ironcollar,
27now then, why have you not rebukedJeremiah of 21Anathoth who prophesies to you?
"For he has 22sent to us in Babylon, saying, 'The exile will be 23long ; 24buildhouses and live in them and plantgardens and eat their cproduce.' ""'