17 Instead, we will do everything we promised:[a] we will burn incense to the queen of heaven[b] and offer drink offerings to her just as we, our ancestors, our kings, and our officials did in Judah’s cities(A) and in Jerusalem’s streets. Then we had enough food, we were well off, and we saw no disaster, 18 but from the time we ceased to burn incense to the queen of heaven and to offer her drink offerings, we have lacked everything, and through sword and famine we have met our end.”(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 44:17 Lit do every word that came from our mouth
  2. 44:17 = Ashtoreth, or Astarte

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