“As for you.” God spoke personally to Jeremiah here in Jeremiah 7:16 and told him not to pray for Judah. It would only allow their evil to continue. This was not the only time God told Jeremiah not to pray for Judah, He said it two other times (Jer. 11:14, 14:11). God also told Ezekiel, who was alive at the same time as Jeremiah, that He would not hear the prayers of the people of Judah (Ezek. 8:18). There are a number of verses that say God does not answer the prayers of the wicked (cp.Job 35:12-13; Prov. 15:29; Isa. 1:15; 59:1-2; Ezek. 8:17-18; Micah 3:4; Zech. 7:12-13; and James 4:3). [For more on God not hearing the prayers of the wicked or honoring their sacrifices, see commentary on Amos 5:22].