Early in the reign of Jehoiakim1 son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the LORD:
"This is what the LORD says: Stand in the courtyard2 of the LORD's house and speak to all the people of the towns of Judah who come to worship in the house of the LORD.3 Tell4 them everything I command you; do not omit5 a word.
Perhaps they will listen and each will turn6 from their evil ways. Then I will relent7 and not inflict on them the disaster I was planning because of the evil they have done.
Say to them, 'This is what the LORD says: If you do not listen8 to me and follow my law,9 which I have set before you,
and if you do not listen to the words of my servants the prophets, whom I have sent to you again and again (though you have not listened10),
then I will make this house like Shiloh11 and this city a cursea12 among all the nations of the earth.' "