The Broken Covenant

1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
2 "1Hear the words of this 2covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
3 and say to them, 'Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, "3Cursed is the man who does not heed the words of this covenant
4 which I commanded your forefathers in the 4day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the 5iron furnace, saying, '6Listen to My voice, and do according to all which I command you; so you shall be 7My people, and I will be your God,'
5 in order to confirm the 8oath which I swore to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day."' " Then I said, "9Amen, O LORD."
6 And the LORD said to me, "10Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, '11Hear the words of this covenant and 12do them.
7 'For I solemnly 13warned your fathers in the 14day that I brought them up from the land of Egypt, even to this day, 15warning persistently, saying, "16Listen to My voice."
8 'Yet they 17did not obey or incline their ear, but walked, each one, in the stubbornness of his evil heart; therefore I brought on them all the 18words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.' "
9 Then the LORD said to me, "A 19conspiracy has been found among the men of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10 "They have 20turned back to the iniquities of their ancestors who 21refused to hear My words, and they 22have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have 23broken My covenant which I made with their fathers."
11 Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold I am 24bringing disaster on them which they will 25not be able to escape; though they will 26cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them.
12 "Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will 27go and cry to the gods to whom they burn incense, but they surely will not save them in the time of their disaster.
13 "For your gods are 28as many as your cities, O Judah; and as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to the 29shameful thing, altars to 30burn incense to Baal.
14 "Therefore 31do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will 32not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster.
15 "What right has My 33beloved in My house When 34she has done many vile deeds? Can the sacrificial flesh take away from you your disaster, So that you can rejoice?"
16 The LORD called your name, "A 35green olive tree, beautiful in fruit and form "; With the 36noise of a great tumult He has 37kindled fire on it, And its branches are worthless.
17 The LORD of hosts, who 38planted you, has 39pronounced evil against you because of the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done to provoke Me by 40offering up sacrifices to Baal.

Plots against Jeremiah

18 Moreover, the LORD 41made it known to me and I knew it; Then You showed me their deeds.
19 But I was like a gentle 42lamb led to the slaughter; And I did not know that they had 43devised plots against me, saying, "Let us destroy the tree with its fruit, And 44let us cut him off from the 45land of the living, That his 46name be remembered no more."
20 But, O LORD of hosts, who 47judges righteously, Who 48tries the feelings and the heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them, For to You have I committed my cause.
21 Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the men of 49Anathoth, who 50seek your life, saying, "51Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, so that you will not 52die at our hand ";
22 therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts, "Behold, I am about to 53punish them! The 54young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters will die by famine;
23 and a remnant 55will not be left to them, for I will 56bring disaster on the men of Anathoth -57the year of their punishment."