He then proceeded to deal with the broken Covenant. There came to him from the Lord a special word commissioning him to pronounce a curse on "the man that heareth not the words of this covenant." To this command the prophet answered, "Amen, O Lord."
He was then commanded to proclaim in the cities of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem the failure of the fathers, how God had warned, they had disobeyed, and God therefore had visited them with punishment. This sin of the fathers was being repeated by their sons. They were guilty of a conspiracy in turning back to other gods. Therefore, judgment was determined against them, and they were abandoned of God. The thought of the broken Covenant is carried out in the summary with which the section closes, and under the most tender figure--the marriage relationship. The beloved has no longer place in the house because she has “wrought lewdness." Therefore, Jehovah visits with punishment.
The closing part of this third movement in the process of commissioning Jeremiah is occupied with an account of how Jehovah strengthened him in view of the persecution which was already stirred against him, and of the still severer troubles awaiting him. In the present section we see him in peril among the men of his own city, Anathoth.
the Second Week after Epiphany