Jeremiah 44:22
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22  When Hashem could no longer bear your evil practices and the abominations you committed, your land became a desolate ruin and a curse, without inhabitant, as is still the case.

v’-lo yu-KHAL a-do-NAI OD la-SAYT mi-p’-NAY RO-a ma-a-l’-lay-KHEM mi-p’-NAY ha-to-ay-VOT a-SHER a-see-TEM va-t’-HEE ar-tz’-KHEM l’-khor-BAH ul-sha-MAH v’-lik-la-LAH may-AYN yo-SHAYV k’-ha-YOM ha-ZEH

כב  וְלֹא־יוּכַל יְהֹוָה עוֹד לָשֵׂאת מִפְּנֵי רֹעַ מַעַלְלֵיכֶם מִפְּנֵי הַתּוֹעֵבֹת אֲשֶׁר עֲשִׂיתֶם וַתְּהִי אַרְצְכֶם לְחָרְבָּה וּלְשַׁמָּה וְלִקְלָלָה מֵאֵין יוֹשֵׁב כְּהַיּוֹם הַזֶּה׃

44:22   Your land became a desolate ruin  

Even in Egypt, their country overrun by Babylon and their Beit Hamikdash destroyed, the remaining Jews turn to Yirmiyahu and say, “We will not listen to you in the matter about which you spoke to us in the name of Hashem” (verse 16). Despite the destruction and exile, they choose to maintain their wrongdoing and wayward belief in idolatry. Yirmiyahu responds that their land has been destroyed because of their sins. The connection between the Jewish people and Eretz Yisrael is not happenstance. Whether or not they are able to remain in the land is directly dependent on their behavior. Sinful behavior caused them to be kicked out, and their re-entry into the land is dependent upon prayer and repentance. As soon as the People of Israel are willing to change, God will bring them back with open arms. This is one of the most enduring lessons repeated throughout the Tanakh.

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Jeremiah 44:22

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