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Our kings, our leaders, our priests, and our ancestors have not kept your law. They have not paid attention to your commandments or your testimonies by which you have solemnly admonished them.
We have not paid attention to your servants the prophets, who spoke by your authority 1 to our kings, our leaders, and our ancestors, 2 and to all the inhabitants 3 of the land as well.
From the days of our fathers until this very day our guilt has been great. Because of our iniquities we, along with our kings and 1 priests, have been delivered over by the local kings 2 to sword, captivity, plunder, and embarrassment – right up to the present time.
Instead we will do everything we vowed we would do. 1 We will sacrifice and pour out drink offerings to the goddess called the Queen of Heaven 2 just as we and our ancestors, our kings, and our leaders previously did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. For then we had plenty of food, were well-off, and had no troubles. 3