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But they did not listen to me or pay any attention to me! Each one of them followed the stubborn inclinations of his own wicked heart. So I brought on them all the punishments threatened in the covenant because they did not carry out its terms as I commanded them to do.’” 1
For,’ I say, 1 ‘just as shorts cling tightly to a person’s body, so I bound the whole nation of Israel and the whole nation of Judah 2 tightly 3 to me.’ I intended for them to be my special people and to bring me fame, honor, and praise. 4 But they would not obey me.
Say, ‘Listen to what the Lord says, you kings of Judah and citizens of Jerusalem! 1 The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 2 says, “I will bring a disaster on this place 3 that will make the ears of everyone who hears about it ring! 4
For they have not paid attention to what I said to them through my servants the prophets whom I sent to them over and over again,’ 1 says the Lord. 2 ‘And you exiles 3 have not paid any attention to them either,’ says the Lord. 4
But when they came in and took possession of it, they did not obey you or live as you had instructed them. They did not do anything that you commanded them to do. 1 So you brought all this disaster on them.
“Every seven years each of you must free any fellow Hebrews who have sold themselves to you. After they have served you for six years, you shall set them free.” 1 But your ancestors did not obey me or pay any attention to me.
I will punish him and his descendants and the officials who serve him for the wicked things they have done. 1 I will bring on them, the citizens of Jerusalem, 2 and the people of Judah all the disaster that I threatened to do to them. I will punish them because I threatened them but they still paid no heed.”’” 3
Moreover, all the Judeans who were in Moab, Ammon, Edom, and all the other countries heard what had happened. They heard that the king of Babylon had allowed some people to stay in Judah and that he had appointed Gedaliah, the son of Ahikam and grandson of Shaphan, to govern them.
If you people who remain in Judah do that, then listen to what the Lord says. The Lord God of Israel who rules over all 1 says, ‘If you are so determined 2 to go to Egypt that you go and settle there,
So listen to what I, the Lord, have planned against Edom, what I intend to do to 1 the people who live in Teman. 2 Their little ones will be dragged off. I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done. 3
So listen to what I, the Lord, have planned against Babylon, what I intend to do to the people who inhabit the land of Babylonia. 1 Their little ones will be dragged off. I will completely destroy their land because of what they have done.
Say, ‘Mountains of Israel, 1 Hear the word of the sovereign Lord! 2 This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and the hills, to the ravines and the valleys: I am bringing 3 a sword against you, and I will destroy your high places. 4
“Son of man, you are living in the midst of a rebellious house. 1 They have eyes to see, but do not see, and ears to hear, but do not hear, 2 because they are a rebellious house.
Say to the Ammonites, ‘Hear the word of the sovereign Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says: You said “Aha!” about my sanctuary when it was desecrated, about the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and about the house of Judah when they went into exile.
therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the sovereign Lord: This is what the sovereign Lord says to the mountains and hills, the ravines and valleys, and to the desolate ruins and the abandoned cities that have become prey and an object of derision to the rest of the nations round about –
Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites! 1 For the Lord has a covenant lawsuit 2 against the people of Israel. 3 For there is neither faithfulness nor loyalty in the land, nor do they acknowledge God. 4
Hear this, you priests! Pay attention, you Israelites! 1 Listen closely, 2 O king! 3 For judgment is about to overtake you! 4 For you were like a trap 5 to Mizpah, 6 like a net 7 spread out to catch Tabor. 8
“Do not be like your ancestors, to whom the former prophets called out, saying, ‘The Lord who rules over all says, “Turn now from your evil wickedness,”’ but they would by no means obey me,” says the Lord.
Indeed, for forty years the Israelites traveled through the desert until all the men old enough to fight when they left Egypt, the ones who had disobeyed the Lord, died off. 1 For the Lord had sworn a solemn oath to them that he would not let them see the land he had sworn on oath to give them, 2 a land rich in 3 milk and honey.
“Go, seek an oracle from 1 the Lord for me and the people – for all Judah. Find out about 2 the words of this scroll that has been discovered. For the Lord’s fury has been ignited against us, 3 because our ancestors have not obeyed the words of this scroll by doing all that it instructs us to do.” 4