This message came to Jeremiah from the LORD early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah, a king of Judah.
The LORD said, "Stand out in front of the Temple of the LORD, and make an announcement to the people who have come there to worship from all over Judah. Give them my entire message; include every word.
Perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways. Then I will be able to withhold the disaster I am ready to pour out on them because of their sins.
"Say to them, 'This is what the LORD says: If you will not listen to me and obey the law I have given you,
and if you will not listen to my servants, the prophets -- for I sent them again and again to warn you, but you would not listen to them --
then I will destroy this Temple as I destroyed Shiloh, the place where the Tabernacle was located. And I will make Jerusalem an object of cursing in every nation on earth.'"
The priests, the prophets, and all the people listened to Jeremiah as he spoke in front of the LORD's Temple.
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)