"I will 1cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the aoffspring of 2Ephraim.
"As for you, 3do not pray for thispeople, and do not lift up cry or prayer for them, and do not intercede with Me; for I do not hear you.
"Do you not seewhat they are doing in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem?
"The bchildrengatherwood, and the fatherskindle the fire, and the womenkneaddough to makecakes for the queen of heaven; and they 4pour out drinkofferings to othergods in order to 5spite Me.
"6Do they spite Me?" declares the LORD. "Is it not themselves they spite, to ctheir own7shame ?"
20Thereforethussays the LorddGOD, "Behold, My 8anger and My wrath will be poured out on thisplace, on man and on beast and on the 9trees of the field and on the fruit of the ground; and it will burn and not be quenched."
21Thussays the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Add your 10burntofferings to your sacrifices and 11eatflesh.
"For I did not 12speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerningburntofferings and sacrifices.
"But this is ewhat I commanded them, saying, '13Obey My voice, and 14I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the waywhich I command you, that it may 15be well with you.'
"Yet they 16did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in their own counsels and in the stubbornness of their evilheart, and f17wentbackward and not forward.
25"Since the day that your fatherscame out of the land of Egyptuntilthisday, I have 18sent you all My servants the prophets, dailyrisingearly and sending them.