This message came from the Lord soon after Jehoiakim son of Josiah became king of Judah.
This is what the Lord said: "Jeremiah, stand in the courtyard of the Temple of the Lord. Give this message to all the people of the towns of Judah who are coming to worship at the Temple of the Lord. Tell them everything I tell you to say; don't leave out a word.
Maybe they will listen and stop their evil ways. If they will, I will change my mind about bringing on them the disaster that I am planning because of the evil they have done.
Say to them: 'This is what the Lord says: You must obey me and follow my teachings that I gave you.
You must listen to what my servants the prophets say to you. I have sent them to you again and again, but you did not listen.
If you don't obey me, I will destroy my Temple in Jerusalem as I destroyed my Holy Tent at Shiloh. When I do, people all over the world will curse Jerusalem.'"
The priests, the prophets, and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the Temple of the Lord.