Covenant Is Broken
11:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD
11:2 Hear ye the words of this covenant, and speak unto the
men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem;
11:3 And say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of
Israel; Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this
11:4 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:
11:5 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.
11:6 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.
11:7 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
11:8 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
11:9 And the LORD said unto me, A conspiracy is found among
the men of Judah, and among the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
11:10 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
11:11 Therefore thus 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 them.
11:12 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
11:13 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.
11:14 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.
11:15 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.
11:16 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
11:17 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 unto Baal.
Plot Against Jeremiah
11:18 And the LORD hath given me knowledge of it, and I
know it: then thou shewedst me their doings.
11:19 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.
11:20 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 my cause.
11:21 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:
11:22 Therefore thus 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:
11:23 And there shall be no remnant of them: for I will
bring evil upon the men of Anathoth, even the year of their