This message for all the people of Judah came to Jeremiah from the LORD during the fourth year of Jehoiakim's reign a over Judah. This was the year when King Nebuchadnezzar b of Babylon began his reign.
Jeremiah the prophet said to the people in Judah and Jerusalem,
"For the past twenty-three years -- from the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon, c king of Judah, until now -- the LORD has been giving me his messages. I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.
"Again and again, the LORD has sent you his prophets, but you have not listened or even tried to hear.
Each time the message was this: 'Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the LORD gave to you and your ancestors forever.
Do not make me angry by worshiping the idols you have made. Then I will not harm you.'
"But you would not listen to me," says the LORD. "You made me furious by worshiping your idols, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)