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Jeremiah 2
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God Pleads with Israel to Repent

2The word of the LORD came to me, saying:H1697H3068H559 2Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD: I remember the devotion of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.H1980H7121H241H3389H559H559H3068H2142H2617H5271H160H3623H3212H310H4057H776H2232 3Israel was holy to the LORD, the first fruits of his harvest. All who ate of it were held guilty; disaster came upon them, says the LORD.H3478H6944H3068H7225H8393H398H816H7451H935H5002H3068 4Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.H8085H1697H3068H1004H3290H4940H1004H3478 5Thus says the LORD: What wrong did your ancestors find in me that they went far from me, and went after worthless things, and became worthless themselves?H559H3068H5766H1H4672H7368H3212H310H1892H1891 6They did not say, "Where is the LORD who brought us up from the land of Egypt, who led us in the wilderness, in a land of deserts and pits, in a land of drought and deep darkness, in a land that no one passes through, where no one lives?"H559H3068H5927H776H4714H3212H4057H776H6160H7745H776H6723H6757H776H376H5674H120H3427 7I brought you into a plentiful land to eat its fruits and its good things. But when you entered you defiled my land, and made my heritage an abomination.H935H3759H776H398H6529H2898H935H2930H776H7760H5159H8441 8The priests did not say, "Where is the LORD?" Those who handle the law did not know me; the rulers transgressed against me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after things that do not profit.H3548H559H3068H8610H8451H3045H7462H6586H5030H5012H1168H1980H310H3276 9Therefore once more I accuse you, says the LORD, and I accuse your children's children.H7378H5002H3068H1121H1121H7378 10Cross to the coasts of Cyprus and look, send to Kedar and examine with care; see if there has ever been such a thing.H5674H339H3794H7200H7971H6938H995H3966H7200 11Has a nation changed its gods, even though they are no gods? But my people have changed their glory for something that does not profit.H1471H3235H430H430H5971H4171H3519H3276 12Be appalled, O heavens, at this, be shocked, be utterly desolate, says the LORD,H8074H8064H8175H3966H2717H5002H3068 13for my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living water, and dug out cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that can hold no water.H5971H6213H8147H7451H5800H4726H2416H4325H2672H877H7665H877H3557H4325 14Is Israel a slave? Is he a homeborn servant? Why then has he become plunder?H3478H5650H1004H3211H4069H957 15The lions have roared against him, they have roared loudly. They have made his land a waste; his cities are in ruins, without inhabitant.H3715H7580H5414H6963H7896H776H8047H5892H3341H3427 16Moreover, the people of Memphis and Tahpanhes have broken the crown of your head.H1121H5297H8471H7462H6936 17Have you not brought this upon yourself by forsaking the LORD your God, while he led you in the way?H6213H5800H3068H430H6256H3212H1870 18What then do you gain by going to Egypt, to drink the waters of the Nile? Or what do you gain by going to Assyria, to drink the waters of the Euphrates?H1870H4714H8354H4325H7883H1870H804H8354H4325H5104 19Your wickedness will punish you, and your apostasies will convict you. Know and see that it is evil and bitter for you to forsake the LORD your God; the fear of me is not in you, says the Lord GOD of hosts.H7451H3256H4878H3198H3045H7200H7451H4751H5800H3068H430H6345H5002H136H3069H6635 20For long ago you broke your yoke and burst your bonds, and you said, "I will not serve!" On every high hill and under every green tree you sprawled and played the whore.H5769H7665H5923H5423H4147H559H5674H5647H1364H1389H7488H6086H6808H2181 21Yet I planted you as a choice vine, from the purest stock. How then did you turn degenerate and become a wild vine?H5193H8321H571H2233H2015H5494H5237H1612 22Though you wash yourself with lye and use much soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me, says the Lord GOD.H3526H5427H7235H1287H5771H3799H6440H5002H136H3069 23How can you say, "I am not defiled, I have not gone after the Baals"? Look at your way in the valley; know what you have done—a restive young camel interlacing her tracks,H559H2930H1980H310H1168H7200H1870H1516H3045H6213H7031H1072H8308H1870 24a wild ass at home in the wilderness, in her heat sniffing the wind! Who can restrain her lust? None who seek her need weary themselves; in her month they will find her.H6501H3928H4057H7602H7307H185H5315H8385H7725H1245H3286H2320H4672 25Keep your feet from going unshod and your throat from thirst. But you said, "It is hopeless, for I have loved strangers, and after them I will go."H4513H7272H3182H1627H6773H559H2976H157H2114H310H3212 26As a thief is shamed when caught, so the house of Israel shall be shamed—they, their kings, their officials, their priests, and their prophets,H1590H1322H4672H1004H3478H3001H4428H8269H3548H5030 27who say to a tree, "You are my father," and to a stone, "You gave me birth." For they have turned their backs to me, and not their faces. But in the time of their trouble they say, "Come and save us!"H559H6086H1H68H3205H6437H6203H6440H6256H7451H559H6965H3467 28But where are your gods that you made for yourself? Let them come, if they can save you, in your time of trouble; for you have as many gods as you have towns, O Judah.H430H6213H6965H3467H6256H7451H4557H5892H430H3063 29Why do you complain against me? You have all rebelled against me, says the LORD.H7378H6586H5002H3068 30In vain I have struck down your children; they accepted no correction. Your own sword devoured your prophets like a ravening lion.H7723H5221H1121H3947H4148H2719H398H5030H7843H738 31And you, O generation, behold the word of the LORD! Have I been a wilderness to Israel, or a land of thick darkness? Why then do my people say, "We are free, we will come to you no more"?H1755H7200H1697H3068H4057H3478H776H3991H559H5971H7300H935 32Can a girl forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number.H1330H7911H5716H3618H7196H5971H7911H3117H4557 33How well you direct your course to seek lovers! So that even to wicked women you have taught your ways.H3190H1870H1245H160H3925H7451H1870 34Also on your skirts is found the lifeblood of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all these thingsH3671H4672H1818H5315H34H5355H4672H4290 35you say, "I am innocent; surely his anger has turned from me." Now I am bringing you to judgment for saying, "I have not sinned."H559H5352H639H7725H8199H559H2398 36How lightly you gad about, changing your ways! You shall be put to shame by Egypt as you were put to shame by Assyria.H235H3966H8138H1870H954H4714H954H804 37From there also you will come away with your hands on your head; for the LORD has rejected those in whom you trust, and you will not prosper through them.H3318H3027H7218H3068H3988H4009H6743


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