Bible: Jeremiah 11:1-8

The People Have Violated Their Covenant with God

11:1 The Lord said to Jeremiah: 1  11:2 Hear 2  the terms of the covenant 3  I made with Israel 4  and pass them on 5  to the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. 6  11:3 Tell them that the Lord, the God of Israel, says, ‘Anyone who does not keep the terms of the covenant will be under a curse. 7  11:4 Those are the terms that I charged your ancestors 8  to keep 9  when I brought them out of Egypt, that place which was like an iron-smelting furnace. 10  I said at that time, 11  “Obey me and carry out the terms of the agreement 12  exactly as I commanded you. If you do, 13  you will be my people and I will be your God. 14  11:5 Then I will keep the promise I swore on oath to your ancestors to give them a land flowing with milk and honey.” 15  That is the very land that you still live in today.’” 16  And I responded, “Amen! Let it be so, 17  Lord!

11:6 The Lord said to me, “Announce all the following words in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem: ‘Listen to the terms of my covenant with you 18  and carry them out! 11:7 For I solemnly warned your ancestors to obey me. 19  I warned them again and again, 20  ever since I delivered them out of Egypt until this very day. 11:8 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.’ 21 

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