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Jeremiah 6:16-20

Death Is on the Prowl

16-20God's Message yet again:

"Go stand at the crossroads and look around.

Ask for directions to the old road,

The tried-and-true road. Then take it.

Discover the right route for your souls.

But they said, 'Nothing doing.

We aren't going that way.'

I even provided watchmen for them

to warn them, to set off the alarm.

But the people said, 'It's a false alarm.

It doesn't concern us.'

And so I'm calling in the nations as witnesses:

'Watch, witnesses, what happens to them!'

And, 'Pay attention, Earth!

Don't miss these bulletins.'

I'm visiting catastrophe on this people, the end result

of the games they've been playing with me.

They've ignored everything I've said,

had nothing but contempt for my teaching.

What would I want with incense brought in from Sheba,

rare spices from exotic places?

Your burnt sacrifices in worship give me no pleasure.

Your religious rituals mean nothing to me."

21So listen to this. Here's God's verdict on your way of life:

"Watch out! I'm putting roadblocks and barriers

on the road you're taking.

They'll send you sprawling,

parents and children, neighbors and friends—

and that will be the end of the lot of you."