The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, ‘Hear the terms of this covenant; tell them to the people of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Tell them, “Yahweh, God of Israel, says this: Cursed be anyone who will not listen to the terms of this covenant which I ordained for your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of that iron-foundry. Listen to my voice, I told them, carry out all my orders, then you will be my people and I shall be your God, so that I may fulfil the oath I swore to your ancestors, that I may give them a country flowing with milk and honey, as is the case today.” ‘ I replied, ‘So be it, Yahweh!’
Then Yahweh said to me, ‘Proclaim all these terms in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem, saying, “Listen to the terms of this covenant and obey them. For when I brought your ancestors out of Egypt, I solemnly warned them, and have persistently warned them until today, saying: Listen to my voice. But they did not listen, did not pay attention; instead, each followed his own stubborn and wicked inclinations. And against them, in consequence, I put into action the words of this covenant which I had ordered them to obey and which they had not obeyed.” ‘
Yahweh said to me, ‘Plainly there is conspiracy among the people of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem. They have reverted to the sins of their ancestors who refused to listen to my words: they too are following other gods and serving them. The House of Israel and the House of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their ancestors. And so, Yahweh says this, “I shall now bring a disaster on them which they cannot escape; they will call to me for help, but I shall not listen to them.
The towns of Judah and the citizens of Jerusalem will then go and call for help to the gods to whom they burn incense, but these will be no help at all to them in their time of distress! “For you have as many gods as you have towns, Judah! You have built as many altars to Shame, as many incense altars to Baal, as Jerusalem has streets! “You, for your part, must not intercede for this people, nor raise either plea or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when their distress forces them to call to me for help.” (Jer. 11:1-14 NJB)