The word that came to Ieremiah from the Lord, saying,
Heare yee the words of this Couenant, and speake vnto the men of Iudah, and to the inhabitants of Ierusalem.
And say thou vnto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Cursed bee the man that obeyeth not the words of this Couenant,
Which I commaunded your fathers in the day that I brought them foorth out of the land of Egypt, from the yron furnace, saying, Obey my voyce, and doe them, according to all which I command you: so shall yee be my people, and I will be your God.
That I may performe the othe which I haue sworne vnto your fathers, to giue them a land flowing with milke and honie, as it is this day: then answered I, and said, So bee it, O Lord.
Then the Lord said vnto me, Proclaime all these wordes in the cities of Iudah, and in the streets of Ierusalem, saying, Heare ye the words of this Couenant, and doe them.
For I earnestly protested vnto your fathers, in the day that I brought them vp out of the land of Egypt, euen vnto this day, rising earely and protesting, saying, Obey my voice.
Yet they obeyed not, nor inclined their eare: but walked euery one in the imagination of their euill heart: therefore I will bring vpon them all the words of this Couenant, which I commaunded them to doe;
but they did them not.
And the Lord said vnto me, A conspiracie is found among the men of Iudah, and among the inhabitants of Ierusalem.
They are turned backe to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to heare my wordes: and they went after other gods to serue them: the house of Israel, and the house of Iudah haue broken my Couenant, which I made with their fathers.
Therefore thus sayeth the Lord, Behold, I will bring euill vpon them which they shall not be able to escape;
and though they shall crie vnto mee, I will not hearken vnto them.
Then shall the cities of Iudah, and inhabitants of Ierusalem goe, and crie vnto the gods vnto whom they offer incense;
but they shall not saue them at all in the time of their trouble.
For according to the number of thy cities were thy gods, O Iudah, and according to the number of the streetes of Ierusalem haue ye set vp altars to that shamefull thing, euen altars to burne incense vnto Baal.
Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift vp a cry or prayer for them: for I will not heare them in the time that they crie vnto mee for their trouble.
What hath my beloued to doe in mine house, seeing shee hath wrought lewdnesse with many?
and the holy flesh is passed from thee: when thou doest euill, then thou reioycest.
The Lord called thy name, A greene oliue tree, faire and of goodly fruite: with the noise of a great tumult hee hath kindled fire vpon it, and the branches of it are broken.
For the Lord of hostes that planted thee, hath pronounced euill against thee, for the euill of the house of Israel, and of the house of Iudah, which they haue done against themselues to prouoke mee to anger in offering incense vnto Baal.
And the Lord hath giuen mee knowledge of it, and I knowe it, then thou shewedst me their doings.
But I was like a lambe or an oxe that is brought to the slaughter, and I knew not that they had deuised deuices against me, saying;
Let vs destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let vs cut him off from the land of the liuing, that his name may be no more remembred.
But, O Lord of hostes, that iudgest righteously, that tryest the reines, and the heart;
let me see thy vengeance on them, for vnto thee haue I reuealed my cause.
Therefore thus saith the Lord of the men of Anathoth, that seeke thy life, saying;
Prophecie not in the Name of the Lord, that thou die not by our hand:
Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, Behold, I wil punish them: the young men shall die by the sword, their sonnes and their daughters shall die by famine.
And there shall be no remnant of them, for I will bring euill vpon the men of Anathoth, euen the yere of their visitation.