11 Therefore this is what the Lord says: ‘I will bring on them a disaster(A) they cannot escape.(B) Although they cry(C) out to me, I will not listen(D) to them. 12 The towns of Judah and the people of Jerusalem will go and cry out to the gods to whom they burn incense,(E) but they will not help them at all when disaster(F) strikes. 13 You, Judah, have as many gods(G) as you have towns;(H) and the altars you have set up to burn incense(I) to that shameful(J) god Baal are as many as the streets of Jerusalem.’

14 “Do not pray(K) for this people or offer any plea or petition for them, because I will not listen(L) when they call to me in the time of their distress.

15 “What is my beloved doing in my temple
    as she, with many others, works out her evil schemes?
    Can consecrated meat(M) avert your punishment?(N)
When you engage in your wickedness,
    then you rejoice.[a]

16 The Lord called you a thriving olive tree(O)
    with fruit beautiful in form.
But with the roar of a mighty storm
    he will set it on fire,(P)
    and its branches will be broken.(Q)

17 The Lord Almighty, who planted(R) you, has decreed disaster(S) for you, because the people of both Israel and Judah have done evil and aroused(T) my anger by burning incense to Baal.(U)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 11:15 Or Could consecrated meat avert your punishment? / Then you would rejoice

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