The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD saying,
Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the men of Judah, and to the
inhabitants of Jerusalem;
And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Cursed be the man that
obeyeth not the words of this covenant,
Which I commanded your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land
of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, Obey my voice, and do them, according to all
which I command you: so shall ye be my people, and I will be your God:
That I may perform the oath which I have sworn unto your fathers, to give them a
land flowing with milk and honey, as it is this day. Then answered I, and said, So be
it, O LORD.
Then the LORD said unto me, Proclaim all these words in the cities of Judah, and in
the streets of Jerusalem, saying, Hear ye the words of this covenant, and do them.
For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out
of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my
Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the
imagination of their evil heart: therefore I will bring upon them all the words of this
covenant, which I commanded them to do: but they did them not.
And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among
the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear
my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the
house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.
Therefore thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon them, which they
shall not be able to escape; and though they shall cry unto me, I will not hearken unto
Then shall the cities of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem go, and cry unto the
gods unto whom they offer incense: but they shall not save them at all in the time of
For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Judah; and according to
the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to that shameful thing,
even altars to burn incense unto Baal.
Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them:
for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.
What hath my beloved to do in mine house, seeing she hath wrought lewdness with
many, and the holy flesh is passed from thee? when thou doest evil, then thou
The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the
noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are
For the LORD of hosts, that planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, for
the evil of the house of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have done against
themselves to provoke me to anger in offering incense unto Baal.
And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou shewedst me
But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not
that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the
fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be
no more remembered.
But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the
heart, let me see thy vengeance on them: for unto thee have I revealed my cause.
Therefore thus saith the LORD of the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying,
Prophesy not in the name of the LORD, that thou die not by our hand:
Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, Behold, I will punish them: the young men
shall die by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine:
And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will bring evil upon the men of
Anathoth, even the year of their visitation.