" - I gave them this command:
Obey Me, and I will be your God
and you will be My people.
Walk in all the ways I command you,
that it may go well with you.
But they did not listen or pay attention;
followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts.
They went backward and not forward."
When you tell them this,
they will not listen to you;
when you call to them,
they will not answer.
Therefore say to them,
'This is the nation that has not obeyed the LORD its God
or responded to correction.
Truth has perished;
it has vanished from their lips.
Cut off your hair and throw it away;
take up lament on the barren heights,
for the LORD has rejected
this generation that is under His wrath.'"
'They will not be gathered up or buried,
but will be like refuse lying on the ground.
Wherever I banish them,
all the survivors of this evil nation
will prefer death to life,
declares the LORD Almighty.'