1The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,
you the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah, and to
the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
3and say you to them, Thus says Yahweh, the
God of Israel: Cursed be the man who doesn’t hear the words of this covenant,
4which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out
of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do
them, according to all which I command you: so shall you be my people,
and I will be your God;
5that I may establish the oath which I swore to
your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as at this
day. Then answered I, and said, Amen, Yahweh.
6Yahweh said to me,
Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of
Jerusalem, saying, Hear you the words of this covenant, and do them.
7For I earnestly protested to your fathers in the day that I brought them
up out of the land of Egypt, even to this day, rising early and protesting,
saying, Obey my voice.
8Yet they didn’t obey, nor turn their ear, but
walked everyone in the stubbornness of their evil heart: therefore I brought
on them all the words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but
they didn’t do them.
9Yahweh said to me, A conspiracy is found among the
men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
10They are turned
back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words;
and they are gone after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the
house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
11Therefore thus says Yahweh, Behold, I will bring evil on them, which
they shall not be able to escape; and they shall cry to me, but I will not
listen to them.
12Then shall the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of
Jerusalem go and cry to the gods to which they offer incense: but they will
not save them at all in the time of their trouble.
13For according to the
number of your cities are your gods, Judah; and according to the number of
the streets of Jerusalem have you set up altars to the shameful thing,
even altars to burn incense to Baal.
14Therefore don’t you pray for this
people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them; for I will not hear them in
the time that they cry to me because of their trouble.
15What has my
beloved to do in my house, seeing she has worked lewdness with many,
and the holy flesh is passed from you? when you do evil, then you rejoice.
16Yahweh called your name, A green olive tree, beautiful with goodly
fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he has kindled fire on it, and the
branches of it are broken.
17For Yahweh of Armies, who planted you, has
pronounced evil against you, because of the evil of the house of Israel and
of the house of Judah, which they have worked for themselves in provoking me
to anger by offering incense to Baal.
18Yahweh gave me knowledge of it,
and I knew it: then you shown me their doings.
19But I was like a gentle
lamb that is led to the slaughter; and I didn’t know that they had devised
devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit of
it, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be
no more remembered.
20But, Yahweh of Armies, who judges righteously, who
tests the heart and the mind, I shall see your vengeance on them; for to you
have I revealed my cause.
21Therefore thus says Yahweh concerning the men
of Anathoth, who seek your life, saying, You shall not prophesy in the name
of Yahweh, that you not die by our hand;
22therefore thus says Yahweh of
Armies, Behold, I will punish them: the young men shall die by the sword;
their sons and their daughters shall die by famine;
23and there shall be
no remnant to them: for I will bring evil on the men of Anathoth, even the
year of their visitation.