��8 Yet they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked every one in the stubbornness of their evil heart; there- fore I brought upon them all the words of this covenant, which I com- manded them to do, but they did them not.'
9 And the LORD said unto me: 'A conspiracy is found among the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 10 They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear My words; and they are gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken My covenant which I made with their fathers. "Therefore thus saith the LOED: 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 un- to them. 12 Then shall the cities of Judah and the inhabitants of Jeru- salem go and cry unto the gods unto whom they offer; but they shall not save them at all in the time of their trouble. 13 For according to the num- ber of thy cities are thy gods, Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem have ye set up altars to the shameful thing, even altars to offer unto Baal. 14 There- fore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them; for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto Me for their trouble.'
15 What hath My beloved to do in
My house, Seeing she hath wrought lewdness
with many, And the hallowed flesh is passed
from thee? When thou doest evil, then thou
��16 The LORD called thy name A leafy olive-tree, fair with goodly
With the noise of a groat tumult He hath kindled fire upon it T And the branches of it are broken. 17 For the LORD of ho^ts, thtit planted thee, hath pronounced evil against thee, because of the evil of the hou^e of Israel and of the house of Judah, which they have wrought for them- selves in provoking Me by offering unto Baal.
I8 And the LORD gave me knowledge
of it, and I knew it; Then Thou showedst me their
doings. 1<J But 1 was like a docile lamb that is
led to the slaughter; And I knew not that they had de- vised devices against me: '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.' 20 But, LORD of hosts, that judgest
That triest the reins and the heart, Let me see Thy vengeance on
them; For unto Thee have I revealed my
21 Therefore thus saith the LORD con- cerning the men of Anathoth, that seek thy life, saying: 'Thou shalt not prophesy in the name of the LORD, that thou die not by our hand 7 ; ^therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts:
Behold, I will punish them; The young men shall die by the
Their sons and then: daughters shall die by famine;