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,||
"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 voice.||
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
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
"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 them."
What the Bible says about Evil
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 their trouble.
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.||
"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."
Should you pray for everyone?
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 rejoicest.
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 broken.||
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
"For the Lord of hosts ... hath pronounced evil against thee."
And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I know it: then thou
shewedst me their doings.||
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.||
"O LORD of hosts ... that triest the reins and the heart."
("Reins" means kidneys in the KJV.)
"Let me see thy vengeance on them."
"I will punish them: the young men shall die
by the sword; their sons and their daughters shall die by famine."
God will punish people by killing their young
men in war and starving their children to death.
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
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:
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.