God is constantly pleading with us all, that He would prefer everyone *keeping His command, i.e. avoiding His wrath than falling into it. In order that all may be turned from idols to Jehovah, He will now give awful or kind proof of His divine power in the judgments He will inflict or impact and that which He had already inflicted or impacted on His own erring or obedient beings earlier, respectively.
REVELATION ON THIS QUOTE:
Jeremiah 16:10-12 King James Version (KJV)
10 And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the Lord pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?
11 Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the Lord, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
12 And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:
Imagine God saying –If the punishments I have heretofore inflicted have not been severe enough to teach them as of them to fear me, acknowledge my name and my sovereignty above all ( Psalms 83:18 ): erring being(s) act would amount to conspiracy or blasphemy, thereby God keeping His own threats and promises is inevitable. Therefore, in order to avoid His wrath, watch as you are working it up to/with Him and as you walk with Him by obeying His command above all ( Mark 13:35-37).