At the beginning of the reign of King Jehoiakim son of Josiah of Judah, this word came from the Lord:
Thus says the Lord: Stand in the court of the Lord's house, and speak to all the cities of Judah that come to worship in the house of the Lord; speak to them all the words that I command you; do not hold back a word.
It may be that they will listen, all of them, and will turn from their evil way, that I may change my mind about the disaster that I intend to bring on them because of their evil doings.
You shall say to them: Thus says the Lord: If you will not listen to me, to walk in my law that I have set before you,
and to heed the words of my servants the prophets whom I send to you urgently—though you have not heeded—
then I will make this house like Shiloh, and I will make this city a curse for all the nations of the earth.
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