Two words in this passage that need our attention: “transgressed” and “everlasting covenant.”
The Hebrew root for the word translated as “Transgress” is עָבְר which can be defined as: “to pass over, pass by, pass through.” Perhaps we could also say, the people were “ignoring” God’s laws.
The earth mourns and fades away,
The world languishes and fades away;
The haughty people of the earth languish.
The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants,
Because they have transgressed the laws,
Changed the ordinance,
Broken the everlasting covenant.
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.
God wasn’t referring to the covenant of Moses since that wasn’t an everlasting covenant. He could be referring to either the covenant with Abraham, or prophetically the New Covenant. The people were passing by the most important law of God.
PRAY FOR AN OUTPOURING OF THE FEAR OF GOD WHICH WILL LEAD ISRAEL TO REPENTANCE.