Jeremiah 11

1The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2Hear the words of this covenant, and you shall speak to the men of Judah, and to the dwellers in Jerusalem. 3And you shall say to them, Thus says the Lord God of Israel: Cursed is the man who shall not heed the words of this covenant 4which I commanded your fathers, in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying, Obey My voice, and do all things that I shall command you; so shall you be My people, and I will be your God, 5that I may confirm My oath which I swore to your fathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then I answered and said, So be it, O Lord. 6And the Lord said to me, Read these words in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear the words of this covenant, and do them. 8But they did not do them. 9And the Lord said to me, A conspiracy has been found among the men of Judah, and among the dwellers in Jerusalem. 10They have turned aside to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear My words, and behold, they have gone after strange gods, to serve them. And the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers. 11Therefore thus says the Lord: Behold, I bring evils upon this people, out of which they shall not be able to come forth; and they shall presently cry to Me, but I will not listen to them. 12And the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall go, and cry to the gods to whom they burn incense; which shall not deliver them in the time of their troubles. 13For according to the number of your cities were your gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have you set up altars to burn incense to Baal. 14So do not pray for this people, and do not intercede for them with supplication and prayer; for I will not hear in the day in which they call upon Me, in the day of their affliction. 15Why has My beloved done abominable things in My house? Will prayers and holy offerings take away your wickedness from you, or shall you escape by these things? 16The Lord has called your name a fair olive tree, of a pleasant shade in appearance, at the noise of its being lopped, fire was kindled against it; great is the affliction coming upon you. Her branches have become good for nothing. 17And the Lord that planted you has pronounced evils against you, because of the iniquity of the house of Israel and the house of Judah, whatsoever they have done against themselves to provoke Me to anger by burning incense to Baal. 18O Lord, teach me, and I shall know: then I saw their practices. 19But I, as an innocent lamb led to the slaughter, did not know. Against me they devised an evil device, saying, Come and let us put wood into his bread, and let us utterly destroy him from off the land of the living, and let his name not be remembered any more. 20O Lord, You that judges righteously, and who tests the heart and the most secret parts, let me see Your vengeance taken upon them, for to You I have declared my cause. 21Therefore thus says the Lord concerning the men of Anathoth, that seek my life, that say, You shall not prophesy at all in the name of the Lord, but if you do, you shall die by our hands. 22Behold, I will visit them. Their young men shall die by the sword, and their sons and their daughters shall die of famine. 23And there shall be no remnant of them, for I will bring evil upon the dwellers in Anathoth, in the year of their visitation.
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