If people want to boast, they should boast about this: They should boast that they understand and know me. They should boast that they know and understand that I, the Lord, act out of faithfulness, fairness, and justice in the earth and that I desire people to do these things,” 1 says the Lord.
Vent your anger on the nations that do not acknowledge you. 1 Vent it on the peoples 2 who do not worship you. 3 For they have destroyed the people of Jacob. 4 They have completely destroyed them 5 and left their homeland in utter ruin.
The Lord says to the people of Judah, 1 “What right do you have to be in my temple, my beloved people? 2 Many of you have done wicked things. 3 Can your acts of treachery be so easily canceled by sacred offerings 4 that you take joy in doing evil even while you make them? 5
But they must make sure you learn to follow the religious practices of my people. 1 Once they taught my people to swear their oaths using the name of the god Baal. 2 But then, they must swear oaths using my name, saying, “As surely as the Lord lives, I swear.” 3 If they do these things, 4 then they will be included among the people I call my own. 5
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.
You have been the object of Israel’s hopes. You have saved them when they were in trouble. Why have you become like a resident foreigner 1 in the land? Why have you become like a traveler who only stops in to spend the night?
If I go out into the countryside, I see those who have been killed in battle. If I go into the city, I see those who are sick because of starvation. 1 For both prophet and priest go about their own business in the land without having any real understanding.’” 2
If you do this, 1 then the kings and princes who follow in David’s succession 2 and ride in chariots or on horses will continue to enter through these gates, as well as their officials and the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. 3 This city will always be filled with people. 4
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
“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!’”
Here is what the Lord says concerning the false prophets: 2 My heart and my mind are deeply disturbed. I tremble all over. 3 I am like a drunk person, like a person who has had too much wine, 4 because of the way the Lord and his holy word are being mistreated. 5
The Lord who rules over all 1 says to the people of Jerusalem: 2 “Do not listen to what those prophets are saying to you. They are filling you with false hopes. They are reporting visions of their own imaginations, not something the Lord has given them to say. 3
They continually say 1 to those who reject what the Lord has said, 2 ‘Things will go well for you!’ 3 They say to all those who follow the stubborn inclinations of their own hearts, ‘Nothing bad will happen to you!’
He said through them, 1 ‘Each of you must turn from your wicked ways and stop doing the evil things you are doing. 2 If you do, I will allow you to continue to live here in the land that I gave to you and your ancestors as a lasting possession. 3
The Lord says, “I will not reject all the descendants of Israel because of all that they have done. 1 That could only happen if the heavens above could be measured or the foundations of the earth below could all be explored,” 2 says the Lord. 3
Do not build houses. Do not plant crops. Do not plant a vineyard or own one. 1 Live in tents all your lives. If you do these things you will 2 live a long time in the land that you wander about on.’ 3
This happened because of the wickedness the people living there did. 1 They made me angry 2 by worshiping and offering sacrifice to 3 other gods whom neither they nor you nor your ancestors 4 previously knew. 5
None of the Judean remnant who have come to live in the land of Egypt will escape or survive to return to the land of Judah. Though they long to return and live there, none of them shall return except a few fugitives.’” 1
Then all the men who were aware that their wives were sacrificing to other gods, as well as all their wives, answered Jeremiah. There was a great crowd of them representing all the people who lived in northern and southern Egypt. 1 They answered,