And is it we that offer to the queen of heaven, and pour out drink-offerings unto her? did we make her cakes in her image, and pour out drink-offerings unto her, without our husbands?'
Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, even to all the people that had given him that answer, saying:
'The offering that ye offered in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not HaShem remember them, and came it not into His mind?
So that HaShem could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day.
Because ye have offered, and because ye have sinned against HaShem, and have not hearkened to the voice of HaShem, nor walked in His law, nor in His statutes, nor in His testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as at this day.'
Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women: 'Hear the word of HaShem, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:
Thus saith HaShem of hosts, the G-d of Israel, saying: Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and with your hands have fulfilled it, saying: We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to offer to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her; ye shall surely establish your vows, and surely perform your vows.
Therefore hear ye the word of HaShem, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by My great name, saith HaShem, that My name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt saying: As the L-rd GOD liveth.
Behold, I watch over them for evil, and not for good; and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.
And they that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, few in number; and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose word shall stand, Mine, or theirs.
And this shall be the sign unto you, saith HaShem, that I will punish you in this place, that ye may know that My words shall surely stand against you for evil;
thus saith HaShem: Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life.'