In the beginning of the reign of Jehoi'akim the son of Josi'ah, king 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 which come to worship in the house of the LORD all the words that I command you to speak to them; do not hold back a word.
It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may repent of the evil which I intend to do to 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 which 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.'"
The priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.