“It may be they will listen, and every one turn from his evil way, that I may relent of the disaster that I intend to do to them because of their evil deeds” (v3). Through Jeremiah, God called Israel to listen and repent of their sin. Jeremiah’s prophecy wasn’t fortune-telling or a mystical glimpse into the future. Instead, Jeremiah declared God’s truth: the path they were on would lead to disaster – unless they changed their hearts and ways.
“Now therefore mend your ways and your deeds, and obey the voice of the LORD your God” (v13). God’s truth comes to us as mercy; He wants us to grasp the opportunity for a better future.