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Jeremiah 2
New International Version (1984)

Israel Forsakes God

2The word of the LORD came to me:H1697H3068H559 2"Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: "'I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert, through a land not sown.H1980H7121H241H3389H559H559H3068H2142H2617H5271H160H3623H3212H310H4057H776H2232 3Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,'" declares the LORD.H3478H6944H3068H7225H8393H398H816H7451H935H5002H3068 4Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, all you clans of the house of Israel.H8085H1697H3068H1004H3290H4940H1004H3478 5This is what the LORD says: "What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves.H559H3068H5766H1H4672H7368H3212H310H1892H1891 6They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and rifts, a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?'H559H3068H5927H776H4714H3212H4057H776H6160H7745H776H6723H6757H776H376H5674H120H3427 7I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.H935H3759H776H398H6529H2898H935H2930H776H7760H5159H8441 8The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.H3548H559H3068H8610H8451H3045H7462H6586H5030H5012H1168H1980H310H3276 9"Therefore I bring charges against you again," declares the LORD. "And I will bring charges against your children's children.H7378H5002H3068H1121H1121H7378 10Cross over to the coasts of Kittim and look, send to Kedar and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this:H5674H339H3794H7200H7971H6938H995H3966H7200 11Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols.H1471H3235H430H430H5971H4171H3519H3276 12Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD.H8074H8064H8175H3966H2717H5002H3068 13"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.H5971H6213H8147H7451H5800H4726H2416H4325H2672H877H7665H877H3557H4325 14Is Israel a servant, a slave by birth? Why then has he become plunder?H3478H5650H1004H3211H4069H957 15Lions have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste his land; his towns are burned and deserted.H3715H7580H5414H6963H7896H776H8047H5892H3341H3427 16Also, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes have shaved the crown of your head.H1121H5297H8471H7462H6936 17Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the LORD your God when he led you in the way?H6213H5800H3068H430H6256H3212H1870 18Now why go to Egypt to drink water from the Shihor? And why go to Assyria to drink water from the River?H1870H4714H8354H4325H7883H1870H804H8354H4325H5104 19Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.H7451H3256H4878H3198H3045H7200H7451H4751H5800H3068H430H6345H5002H136H3069H6635 20"Long ago you broke off your yoke and tore off your bonds; you said, 'I will not serve you!' Indeed, on every high hill and under every spreading tree you lay down as a prostitute.H5769H7665H5923H5423H4147H559H5674H5647H1364H1389H7488H6086H6808H2181 21I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine?H5193H8321H571H2233H2015H5494H5237H1612 22Although you wash yourself with soda and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.H3526H5427H7235H1287H5771H3799H6440H5002H136H3069 23"How can you say, 'I am not defiled; I have not run after the Baals'? See how you behaved in the valley; consider what you have done. You are a swift she-camel running here and there,H559H2930H1980H310H1168H7200H1870H1516H3045H6213H7031H1072H8308H1870 24a wild donkey accustomed to the desert, sniffing the wind in her craving--in her heat who can restrain her? Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves; at mating time they will find her.H6501H3928H4057H7602H7307H185H5315H8385H7725H1245H3286H2320H4672 25Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, 'It's no use! I love foreign gods, and I must go after them.'H4513H7272H3182H1627H6773H559H2976H157H2114H310H3212 26"As a thief is disgraced when he is caught, so the house of Israel is disgraced--they, their kings and their officials, their priests and their prophets.H1590H1322H4672H1004H3478H3001H4428H8269H3548H5030 27They say to wood, 'You are my father,' and to stone, 'You gave me birth.' They have turned their backs to me and not their faces; yet when they are in trouble, they say, 'Come and save us!'H559H6086H1H68H3205H6437H6203H6440H6256H7451H559H6965H3467 28Where then are the gods you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble! For you have as many gods as you have towns, O Judah.H430H6213H6965H3467H6256H7451H4557H5892H430H3063 29"Why do you bring charges against me? You have all rebelled against me," declares the LORD.H7378H6586H5002H3068 30"In vain I punished your people; they did not respond to correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets like a ravening lion.H7723H5221H1121H3947H4148H2719H398H5030H7843H738 31"You of this generation, consider the word of the LORD: "Have I been a desert to Israel or a land of great darkness? Why do my people say, 'We are free to roam; we will come to you no more'?H1755H7200H1697H3068H4057H3478H776H3991H559H5971H7300H935 32Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number.H1330H7911H5716H3618H7196H5971H7911H3117H4557 33How skilled you are at pursuing love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.H3190H1870H1245H160H3925H7451H1870 34On your clothes men find the lifeblood of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in. Yet in spite of all thisH3671H4672H1818H5315H34H5355H4672H4290 35you say, 'I am innocent; he is not angry with me.' But I will pass judgment on you because you say, 'I have not sinned.'H559H5352H639H7725H8199H559H2398 36Why do you go about so much, changing your ways? You will be disappointed by Egypt as you were by Assyria.H235H3966H8138H1870H954H4714H954H804 37You will also leave that place with your hands on your head, for the LORD has rejected those you trust; you will not be helped by them.H3318H3027H7218H3068H3988H4009H6743




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