Judah Breaks Covenant with The LORD1 The word coming from the lord to Jeremiah, saying, 2 Hear the words of this covenant! And you shall speak to the men of Judah, and to the ones dwelling in Jerusalem. 3 And you shall say to them, Thus says the lord God of Israel, Accursed is the man who shall not hearken to the words of this covenant, 4 of which I gave charge to your fathers in the day I led them from out of the land of Egypt, from out of the furnace of iron, saying, Hearken to my voice, and do all as much as I give charge to you! And you will be to me for a people, and I will be to you for God. 5 So that I should establish my oath which I swore by an oath to your fathers, to give to them a land flowing milk and honey, as this day. And I answered and said, May it be, O lord. 6 And the lord said to me, Read all these words in the cities of Judah, and outside of Jerusalem! saying, Hear the words of this covenant, and do them! 7 For bearing witness together I bore witness to your fathers in the day in which I led them out of the land of Egypt until this day. Rising early I bore witness saying, Hear my voice! And they did not hear, and they inclined not their ear; but they went each in the deformity [3heart 1of his 2evil]. And [5entered 6unto 7them 1all 2the 3words 4of this covenant] of which I commanded to be done. 8 But they did not do. 9 And the lord said to me, [2is found 1A conspiracy] among the men of Judah, and among the ones dwelling in Jerusalem. 10 They returned unto the iniquities of their fathers, of the ones prior, the ones not wanting to listen to my words. And behold, they went after strange gods, to serve them; and [4effaced 1the 2house 3of Israel] and the house of Judah, my covenant which I ordained with their fathers. 11 On account of this, thus says the lord, Behold, I bring upon them evils of which they shall not be able to come forth from out of them. And they shall cry out to me, and I will not listen to them. 12 And [7shall go 1the cities 2of Judah 3and 4the ones 5dwelling 6in Jerusalem], and they shall cry out to their gods to whom they burn incense to them; the ones who shall not deliver them in the time of their evils. 13 For according to the number of your cities were your gods, O Judah. And according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem you arranged shrines to burn incense to Baal. 14 And you, pray not for this people, and do not petition concerning them with supplication and prayer! For I will not listen in the time in which they call upon me, in the time of their affliction. 15 What [2did the 3one being loved 4in 5my house 6do 1abomination]? Shall vows and [2meats 1holy] remove from you your evils, or by these will you evade? 16 [6olive tree 4a beautiful 5well-shaded 7to the 8sight 2called 1The lord 3your name]. In the sound of its being lopped [2was lit 1a fire] unto it; [2were made useless 1her tender branches]. 17 And the lord of the forces, the one having planted you, spoke [2against 3you 1evils]; against the evils of the house of Israel, and the house of Judah. For they did it to themselves, provoking me to anger in their burning incense to Baal.
Jeremiah's Life is Threatened18 O lord, make it known to me! and I shall know. Then I knew their practices. 19 But I am as a little lamb, guileless, being led for a sacrifice, not knowing. Against me they devised a device, saying, Come, and we should put wood for his bread, and we should obliterate him from the land of the living; and his name in no way shall be remembered any longer. 20 O lord of the forces, judging just things, trying the kidneys and the hearts, may I behold [2exacted by 3you 1the punishment] on them. For to you I revealed my right action. 21 On account of this, Thus says the lord against the men of Anathoth, the ones seeking my life, the ones saying, In no way should you prophesy in the name of the lord, and if you do not agree you shall die by our hands. 22 On account of this, thus says the lord of the forces, Behold, I will make a visit unto them. Their young men [2by 3the sword 1shall die]; their sons and their daughters shall come to an end in famine. 23 And [2left 1there will not be] of them. For I will bring evils upon the ones dwelling in Anathoth, in the year of their visitation.
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