1The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,
2“Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
3and say to them, this is what Yahweh, the God of Israel, says: Cursed is the man who does not hear the words of this covenant
4that 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 that I command you; so you will be my people, and I will be your God,’
5that I may establish the oath that I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is today.”
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 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 that 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 that I made with their fathers.
11Therefore this is what Yahweh says: Behold, I will bring evil on them that they will not be able to escape, and they will cry out to me, but I will not listen to them.
12Then will the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem go and cry out to the gods to which they turn incense into smoke-perfume, 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 turn incense into smoke-perfume to Baal.
since she has worked lewdness with many,
and the holy flesh is passed from you?
When you do evil,
then you rejoice.
‘A green olive tree,
lovely and with beautiful fruit.’
With the noise of a great tumult
he has kindled fire on it,
and its branches 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 that they have done to themselves by making me angry by their turning incense into smoke-perfume to Baal.”
then you showed me their doings.
and I didn’t know that they had devised devices against me,
saying, “Let us destroy the tree with its fruit,
and let us cut him off from the land of the living,
that his name may be no more remembered.”
21Therefore this is what Yahweh says concerning the men of Anathoth who seek your life, saying, “You must not prophesy in the name of Yahweh, that you not die by our hand,”
22therefore this is what Yahweh of Armies says: “Behold, I will punish them. The young men will die by the sword, their sons and their daughters will die by famine,
23and there will be no remnant to them, for I will bring evil on the men of Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.”