because their people had done evil and had made me angry. They offered sacrifices to other gods and served gods that neither they nor you nor your ancestors ever worshiped.
I kept sending you my servants the prophets, who told you not to do this terrible thing that I hate.
But you would not listen or pay any attention. You would not give up your evil practice of sacrificing to other gods.
So I poured out my anger and fury on the towns of Judah and on the streets of Jerusalem, and I set them on fire. They were left in ruins and became a horrifying sight, as they are today.
"And so I, the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, now ask why you are doing such an evil thing to yourselves. Do you want to bring destruction on men and women, children and babies, so that none of your people will be left?
Why do you make me angry by worshiping idols and by sacrificing to other gods here in Egypt, where you have come to live? Are you doing this just to destroy yourselves, so that every nation on earth will make fun of you and use your name as a curse?
Have you forgotten all the wicked things that have been done in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem by your ancestors, by the kings of Judah and their wives, and by you and your wives?
But to this day you have not humbled yourselves. You have not honored me or lived according to all the laws that I gave you and your ancestors.
"So then, I, the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, will turn against you and destroy all Judah.
As for the people of Judah who are left and are determined to go and live in Egypt, I will see to it that all of them are destroyed. All of them, great and small, will die in Egypt, either in war or of starvation. They will be a horrifying sight; people will make fun of them and use their name as a curse.
I will punish those who live in Egypt, just as I punished Jerusalem - with war, starvation, and disease.