28Thereforethussays the LORD, "Behold, I am about to 1givethiscity into the hand of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon, and he will take it.
"The Chaldeans who are fightingagainstthiscity will enter and 2setthiscity on fire and burn it, with the 3houseswhere people have offeredincense to Baal on their roofs and poured out drinkofferings to othergods to provoke Me to anger.
30"Indeed the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah have been doingonly4evil in My sight from their youth; for the sons of Israel have been only5provoking Me to anger by the work of their hands," declares the LORD.
31"Indeedthiscity has been to Me a 6provocation of My anger and My wrath from the day that they built it, even to thisday, so that it should be 7removed from before My face,
32because of all the evil of the sons of Israel and the sons of Judahwhich they have done to provoke Me to anger -they, their 8kings, their leaders, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
"They have turned their back to Me and not their face; though I taught them, a9teachingagain and again, they would not listenband receiveinstruction.
"But they 10put their detestablethings in the housewhich is called by My name, to defile it.
"They built the 11highplaces of Baal that are in the valley of Ben-hinnom to cause their sons and their daughters to passthrough the fire to 12Molech, which I had not commanded them nor had it centered My mind that they should dothisabomination, to cause Judah to sin.
36"Nowthereforethussays the LORDGod of Israelconcerningthiscity of which you say, 'It is 13given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword, by famine and by pestilence.'
37"Behold, I will 14gather them out of all the lands to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in greatindignation; and I will bring them back to thisplace and 15make them dwell in safety.
"They shall be 16My people, and I will be their God;