and they abandoned the temple of the LORD God of their ancestors and served the Asherah poles and the idols. So there was wrath against Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs.
Nevertheless, He sent them prophets to bring them back to the LORD; they admonished them, but they would not listen.
The Spirit of God took control of Zechariah son of Jehoiada the priest. He stood above the people and said to them, "This is what God says: 'Why are you transgressing the LORD's commands and you do not prosper? Because you have abandoned the LORD, He has abandoned you.'"
But they conspired against him and stoned him at the king's command in the courtyard of the LORD's temple.
The LORD spoke to Manasseh and his people, but they didn't listen.
Still, the LORD warned Israel and Judah through every prophet and every seer, saying, "Turn from your evil ways and keep My commandments and statutes according to all the law I commanded your ancestors and sent to you through My servants the prophets."
"From the thirteenth year of Josiah son of Amon, king of Judah, until this very day-- 23 years-- the word of the LORD has come to me, and I have spoken to you time and time again, but you have not obeyed.
The LORD sent all His servants the prophets to you time and time again, but you have not obeyed or even paid attention.
and by listening to the words of My servants the prophets I have been sending you time and time again, though you did not listen,
Time and time again I have sent you all My servants the prophets, proclaiming: Turn, each one from his evil way of life, and correct your actions. Stop following other gods to serve them. Live in the land that I gave you and your ancestors. But you would not pay attention or obey Me.
So I sent you all My servants the prophets time and time again, saying, Don't do this detestable thing that I hate.
But they did not listen or pay attention; they did not turn from their evil or stop burning incense to other gods.
So they got rid of the foreign gods among them and worshiped the LORD, but He became weary of Israel's misery.
but the LORD was gracious to them and had compassion on them and turned toward them because of His covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He was not willing to destroy them. Even now He has not banished them from His presence.
How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I surrender you, Israel? How can I make you like Admah? How can I treat you like Zeboiim? I have had a change of heart; My compassion is stirred!
As He approached and saw the city, He wept over it,
saying, "If you knew this day what [would bring] peace-- but now it is hidden from your eyes.
For the days will come on you when your enemies will build an embankment against you, surround you, and hem you in on every side.
They will crush you and your children within you to the ground, and they will not leave one stone on another in you, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation."