Jeremiah 11

The Broken Covenant

1The word which came to Jeremiah from the  Lord, saying, 2 a  Hear the words of this b  covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem; 3and say to them, ‘Thus says the  Lord, the God of Israel c  Cursed is the man who does not heed the words of this covenant 4which I commanded your forefathers in the d  day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the e  iron furnace, saying, ‘ f  Listen to My voice, and
Lit do them
do according to all which I command you; so you shall be h  My people, and I will be your God,’
5in order to confirm the i  oath which I swore to your forefathers, to give them a land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day.”’” Then I said j  Amen, O  Lord.”

6And the  Lord said to me, k  Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, ‘ l  Hear the words of this covenant and m  do them. 7For I solemnly n  warned your fathers in the o  day that I brought them up from the land of Egypt, even to this day,
Lit rising early and warning
q  warning persistently, saying, r  Listen to My voice.”
8‘Yet they s  did not obey or incline their ear, but walked, each one, in the stubbornness of his evil heart; therefore I brought on them all the t  words of this covenant, which I commanded them to do, but they did not.’”

9Then the  Lord said to me, “A u  conspiracy has been found among the men of Judah and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10“They have v  turned back to the iniquities of their
Lit former fathers
ancestors who x  refused to hear My words, and they y  have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have z  broken My covenant which I made with their fathers.”
11Therefore thus says the  Lord, “Behold I am aa  bringing disaster on them which they will ab  not be able to escape; though they will ac  cry to Me, yet I will not listen to them. 12Then the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem will ad  go and cry to the gods to whom they burn incense, but they surely will not save them in the time of their disaster. 13For your gods are
Lit the number of
af  as many as your cities, O Judah; and
Lit the number of
as many as the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to the ah  shameful thing, altars to ai  burn incense to Baal.

14“Therefore aj  do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them; for I will ak  not listen when they call to Me because of their disaster. 15What right has My al  beloved in My house
When am  she has done many vile deeds?
Can the sacrificial flesh take away from you your disaster,
Lit Then
So that you can rejoice?”
16The  Lord called your name,
“A ao  green olive tree, beautiful in fruit and form”;
With the ap  noise of a great tumult
He has aq  kindled fire on it,
And its branches are worthless.

17The  Lord of hosts, who ar  planted you, has as  pronounced evil against you because of the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have
Or done for themselves
done to provoke Me by
Or burning incense
av  offering up sacrifices to Baal.

Plots against Jeremiah

18Moreover, the  Lord aw  made it known to me and I knew it;
Then You showed me their deeds.
19But I was like a gentle ax  lamb led to the slaughter;
And I did not know that they had ay  devised plots against me, saying,
Let us destroy the tree with its
Lit bread
And ba  let us cut him off from the bb  land of the living,
That his bc  name be remembered no more.”
20But, O  Lord of hosts, who bd  judges righteously,
Who be  tries the
Lit kidneys
feelings and the heart,
Let me see Your vengeance on them,
For to You have I
Lit revealed
committed my cause.

21Therefore thus says the  Lord concerning the men of bh  Anathoth, who bi  seek your life, saying bj  Do not prophesy in the name of the  Lord, so that you will not bk  die at our hand”; 22therefore, thus says the  Lord of hosts, “Behold, I am about to bl  punish them! The bm  young men will die by the sword, their sons and daughters will die by famine; 23and a remnant bn  will not be left to them, for I will bo  bring disaster on the men of Anathothbp  the year of their punishment.”
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