Yet they didn't listen or pay attention but walked according to their own advice and according to their own stubborn, evil heart. They went backward and not forward.
But they kept ridiculing God's messengers, despising His words, and scoffing at His prophets, until the LORD's wrath was so stirred up against His people that there was no remedy.
"But My people did not listen to Me; Israel did not obey Me.
So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own plans.
If only My people would listen to Me and Israel would follow My ways,
Because I know that you are stubborn, and your neck is iron and your forehead bronze,
If only you had paid attention to My commands. Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder; they closed their ears so they could not hear.
They made their hearts like a rock so as not to obey the law or the words that the LORD of Hosts had sent by His Spirit through the earlier prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of Hosts.
I gave her time to repent, but she does not want to repent of her sexual immorality.
Look! I will throw her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her practices.
Instead, we will do everything we said we would: burn incense to the queen of heaven and offer drink offerings to her just as we, our fathers, our kings, and our officials did in Judah's cities and in Jerusalem's streets. Then we had enough food and good things and saw no disaster,
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."
And the women said, "When we burned incense to the queen of heaven and poured out drink offerings to her, was it apart from our husbands' knowledge that we made sacrificial cakes in her image and poured out drink offerings to her?"
But Jeremiah responded to all the people-- the men, women, and all the people who were answering him-- saying,
"As for the incense you burned in Judah's cities and in Jerusalem's streets-- you, your fathers, your kings, your officials, and the people of the land-- did the LORD not remember them? He brought this to mind.
The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah will become impure like that place Topheth-- all the houses on whose rooftops they have burned incense to the whole heavenly host and poured out drink offerings to other gods."