Then Jeremiahsaid to all the people, to the men and women -even to all the people who were giving him such an answer-saying,
"As for the a1smokingsacrifices that you burned in the cities of Judah and in the 2streets of Jerusalem, you and your forefathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD3remember them and did not all this come into His bmind ?
"So the LORD was 4nolongerable to endure it, 5because of the evil of your deeds, because of the abominationswhich you have committed ; thus your land has become a 6ruin, an object of horror and a curse, without an inhabitant, as it is thisday.
23"Because you have burnedcsacrifices and have sinned against the LORD and 7not obeyed the voice of the LORD or 8walked in His law, His statutes or His testimonies, thereforethis9calamity has befallen you, as it has thisday."
Then Jeremiahsaid to all the people, including all the women, "10Hear the word of the LORD, allJudahwho are 11in the land of Egypt,
25thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, as follows : 'As for you and your wives, you have spoken with your mouths and fulfilled it with your hands, saying, "We will 12certainlyperform our vows that we have vowed, to burndsacrifices to the queen of heaven and pour out drinkofferings to her." e13Goahead and confirm your vows, and certainlyperform your vows !'
"fNeverthelesshear the word of the LORD, allJudah who are living in the land of Egypt, 'Behold, I have 14sworn by My greatname,' says the LORD, '15never shall My name be invokedagain by the mouth of anyman of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, "16As the LordgGODlives."
27'Behold, I am watchingover them 17for harm and not for good, and 18all the men of Judahwho are in the land of Egypt will hmeet their end by the sword and by famineuntil they iare completelygone.
'19Those whoescape the sword will return out of the land of Egypt to the land of Judahj20few in number. Then all the remnant of Judah who have gone to the land of Egypt to residethere will know21whoseword will stand, Mine or theirs.
29'This will be the 22sign to you,' declares the LORD, 'that I am going to punish you in thisplace, so that you may know that 23My words will surelystandagainst you for harm.'
30"Thussays the LORD, 'Behold, I am going to give over 24PharaohHophraking of Egypt to the hand of his enemies, to the hand of those who seek his life, just as I gave over 25Zedekiahking of Judah to the hand of Nebuchadnezzarking of Babylon, who was his enemy and was seeking his life.' "