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The Lord speaks to Jeremiah again (verse 1), telling him to remind the people about their covenants (verse 2) and the penalties for not keeping their covenants (verse 3). The people have made the foolish mistake of thinking that penalties have been removed just because penalties are not mentioned. The Lord says this is false, that penalties for breaking covenants are as much a part of covenant making as blessings are for keeping covenants.
He reminds them of the covenants they made as a people when He delivered them out of Egypt (verse 4). He brings this up because that was their great deliverance, after which He cleansed them from the ways of their oppressors (see this blog about 1 Nephi 2). This mikveh was necessary to prepare them for and set them apart so they might receive the Torah (ten commandments). He was able to do that then, and is prepared to do it for the people now – if they will only turn to Him.
So shall ye be my people,
and I will be your God.
He is waiting to fulfill the blessings given in the covenant (verse 5), but that requires the people to do their part of becoming holy. The Lord tells Jeremiah to remind the people of their covenants, and to remind them that they must do their part of keeping the promises if they want the Lord to be able to keep His part of the promises (verse 6).
The Lord has consistently taught and warned the people, asking them to obey (verse 7). But they have not (verse 8). Rather than becoming a holy people, they are conspirators who think they can do what they want and still keep their blessings (verse 9). Instead of becoming holy, they have returned to the things from which the Lord worked hard to deliver and cleanse them (verse 10), and so have earned the consequences of their poor choices and bad behavior (verse 11).
When the consequences come, the people will cry out to their false gods who are unable to do anything to help (verse 12). Instead of being organized by tribes and cities as organized by the Lord (stakes), each place has invented its own false god and perverted the ordinances (verse 13). The Lord does not hear their prayers because the people are praying to these false gods instead of to Him (verse 14).
Instead of being called to repentance, the people rejoice and celebrate their sins (verse 15). The Lord knows their true worth, and yet they are destroying themselves (verse 16). The people have worked against themselves (verse 17), interfering with the Lord’s efforts to rescue them (verse 19). The people have refused mercy, and so have chosen justice (verse 20).
The Lord has shown this to the prophet, and this is why he testifies against them (verse 18). Even though the false priests say nothing is wrong (verse 21), the Lord says they will be punished by their own sins as consequences for having sinned (verse 22). There cannot even be a righteous remnant that is saved, if there are no people who repent and return to the Lord (verse 23).