Yahweh speaks to Jeremiah (Jer 26:2-26:3)

“Thus says Yahweh.

‘Stand in the court

Of Yahweh’s house!

Speak

To all the cities

Of Judah!

To all those

Who come to worship

In the house of Yahweh!

Speak to them

All the words

That I command you!

Do not hold back a word!

It may be

That they will listen.

Maybe they will turn

From their evil ways.

Then I may change

My mind

About the disaster

That I intend to bring

On them,

Because of their evil doings.’”

Yahweh told Jeremiah to stand in the Temple court. He was to speak to all the people from the cities of Judah who came to worship Yahweh in the Temple. Jeremiah was, as usual, to say only the words that Yahweh was going to tell him to say. However, he was not to hold back any words. Maybe the people of Judah would listen to him and turn from their evil ways. Then Yahweh would change his mind about the impending disaster that he intended to bring to the people of Judah because of their evil actions.

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