Before I restore them 1 I will punish them in full 2 for their sins and the wrongs they have done. For they have polluted my land with the lifeless statues of their disgusting idols. They have filled the land I have claimed as my own 3 with their detestable idols.” 4
“The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 says, ‘I will soon bring on this city and all the towns surrounding it 2 all the disaster I threatened to do to it. I will do so because they have stubbornly refused 3 to pay any attention to what I have said!’”
“‘Sure to be judged 1 is the king who builds his palace using injustice and treats people unfairly while adding its upper rooms. 2 He makes his countrymen work for him for nothing. He does not pay them for their labor.
It will not be like the old 1 covenant that I made with their ancestors 2 when I delivered them 3 from Egypt. For they violated that covenant, even though I was like a faithful husband to them,” 4 says the Lord. 5
The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 told him, “Go and speak to the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. Tell them, 2 ‘I, the Lord, say: 3 “You must learn a lesson from this 4 about obeying what I say! 5
So King Zedekiah made a secret promise to Jeremiah and sealed it with an oath. He promised, 1 “As surely as the Lord lives who has given us life and breath, 2 I promise you this: I will not kill you or hand you over to those men who want to kill you.” 3
The officials may hear that I have talked with you. They may come to you and say, ‘Tell us what you said to the king and what the king said to you. 1 Do not hide anything from us. If you do, we will kill you.’ 2
Their camels will be taken as plunder. Their vast herds will be taken as spoil. I will scatter to the four winds those desert peoples who cut their hair short at the temples. 1 I will bring disaster against them from every direction,” says the Lord. 2
“‘As for the prophet, if he is made a fool by being deceived into speaking a prophetic word – I, the Lord, have made a fool of 1 that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and destroy him from among my people Israel.
“But if the wicked person turns from all the sin he has committed and observes all my statutes and does what is just and right, he will surely live; he will not die.
“Therefore I will judge each person according to his conduct, 1 O house of Israel, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent 2 and turn from all your wickedness; then it will not be an obstacle leading to iniquity. 3
I will eliminate from among you the rebels and those who revolt 1 against me. I will bring them out from the land where they have been residing, but they will not come to the land of Israel. Then you will know that I am the Lord.
“‘I the Lord have spoken; judgment 1 is coming and I will act! I will not relent, or show pity, or be sorry! 2 I will judge you 3 according to your conduct 4 and your deeds, declares the sovereign Lord.’”
Suppose I tell the righteous that he will certainly live, but he becomes confident in his righteousness and commits iniquity. None of his righteous deeds will be remembered; because of the iniquity he has committed he will die.
He said to me, “This is the place where the priests will boil the guilt offering and the sin offering, and where they will bake the grain offering, so that they do not bring them out to the outer court to transmit holiness to the people.”