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Jeremiah 2
New King James Version

God’s Case Against Israel

2Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,H1697H3068H559 2"Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the LORD: "I remember you, The kindness of your youth, The love of your betrothal, When you went after Me in the wilderness, In a land not sown.H1980H7121H241H3389H559H559H3068H2142H2617H5271H160H3623H3212H310H4057H776H2232 3Israel was holiness to the LORD, The firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him will offend; Disaster will come 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 injustice have your fathers found in Me, That they have gone far from Me, Have followed idols, And have become idolaters?H559H3068H5766H1H4672H7368H3212H310H1892H1891 6Neither did they say, 'Where is the LORD, Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and pits, Through a land of drought and the shadow of death, Through a land that no one crossed And where no one dwelt?'H559H3068H5927H776H4714H3212H4057H776H6160H7745H776H6723H6757H776H376H5674H120H3427 7I brought you into a bountiful country, To eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land And made My heritage an abomination.H935H3759H776H398H6529H2898H935H2930H776H7760H5159H8441 8The priests did not say, 'Where is the LORD?' And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me; The prophets prophesied by Baal, And walked after things that do not profit.H3548H559H3068H8610H8451H3045H7462H6586H5030H5012H1168H1980H310H3276 9"Therefore I will yet bring charges against you," says the LORD, "And against your children's children I will bring charges.H7378H5002H3068H1121H1121H7378 10For pass beyond the coasts of Cyprus and see, Send to Kedar and consider diligently, And see if there has been such a thing.H5674H339H3794H7200H7971H6938H995H3966H7200 11Has a nation changed its gods, Which are not gods? But My people have changed their Glory For what does not profit.H1471H3235H430H430H5971H4171H3519H3276 12Be astonished, O heavens, at this, And be horribly afraid; Be very desolate," says the LORD.H8074H8064H8175H3966H2717H5002H3068 13"For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.H5971H6213H8147H7451H5800H4726H2416H4325H2672H877H7665H877H3557H4325 14"Is Israel a servant? Is he a homeborn slave? Why is he plundered?H3478H5650H1004H3211H4069H957 15The young lions roared at him, and growled; They made his land waste; His cities are burned, without inhabitant.H3715H7580H5414H6963H7896H776H8047H5892H3341H3427 16Also the people of Noph and Tahpanhes Have broken the crown of your head.H1121H5297H8471H7462H6936 17Have you not brought this on yourself, In that you have forsaken the LORD your God When He led you in the way?H6213H5800H3068H430H6256H3212H1870 18And now why take the road to Egypt, To drink the waters of Sihor? Or why take the road to Assyria, To drink the waters of the River?H1870H4714H8354H4325H7883H1870H804H8354H4325H5104 19Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the LORD your God, And the fear of Me is not in you," Says the Lord GOD of hosts.H7451H3256H4878H3198H3045H7200H7451H4751H5800H3068H430H6345H5002H136H3069H6635 20"For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds; And you said, 'I will not transgress,' When on every high hill and under every green tree You lay down, playing the harlot.H5769H7665H5923H5423H4147H559H5674H5647H1364H1389H7488H6086H6808H2181 21Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?H5193H8321H571H2233H2015H5494H5237H1612 22For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, Yet your iniquity is marked before Me," says the Lord GOD.H3526H5427H7235H1287H5771H3799H6440H5002H136H3069 23"How can you say, 'I am not polluted, I have not gone after the Baals'? See your way in the valley; Know what you have done: You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,H559H2930H1980H310H1168H7200H1870H1516H3045H6213H7031H1072H8308H1870 24A wild donkey used to the wilderness, That sniffs at the wind in her desire; In her time of mating, who can turn her away? All those who seek her will not weary themselves; In her month they will find her.H6501H3928H4057H7602H7307H185H5315H8385H7725H1245H3286H2320H4672 25Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst. But you said, 'There is no hope. No! For I have loved aliens, and after them I will go.'H4513H7272H3182H1627H6773H559H2976H157H2114H310H3212 26"As the thief is ashamed when he is found out, So is the house of Israel ashamed; They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets,H1590H1322H4672H1004H3478H3001H4428H8269H3548H5030 27Saying to a tree, 'You are my father,' And to a stone, 'You gave birth to me.' For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face. But in the time of their trouble They will say, 'Arise and save us.'H559H6086H1H68H3205H6437H6203H6440H6256H7451H559H6965H3467 28But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, If they can save you in the time of your trouble; For according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.H430H6213H6965H3467H6256H7451H4557H5892H430H3063 29"Why will you plead with Me? You all have transgressed against Me," says the LORD.H7378H6586H5002H3068 30"In vain I have chastened your children; They received no correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion.H7723H5221H1121H3947H4148H2719H398H5030H7843H738 31"O generation, see the word of the LORD! Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of darkness? Why do My people say, 'We are lords; We will come no more to You'?H1755H7200H1697H3068H4057H3478H776H3991H559H5971H7300H935 32Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have forgotten Me days without number.H1330H7911H5716H3618H7196H5971H7911H3117H4557 33"Why do you beautify your way to seek love? Therefore you have also taught The wicked women your ways.H3190H1870H1245H160H3925H7451H1870 34Also on your skirts is found The blood of the lives of the poor innocents. I have not found it by secret search, But plainly on all these things.H3671H4672H1818H5315H34H5355H4672H4290 35Yet you say, 'Because I am innocent, Surely His anger shall turn from me.' Behold, I will plead My case against you, Because you say, 'I have not sinned.'H559H5352H639H7725H8199H559H2398 36Why do you gad about so much to change your way? Also you shall be ashamed of Egypt as you were ashamed of Assyria.H235H3966H8138H1870H954H4714H954H804 37Indeed you will go forth from him With your hands on your head; For the LORD has rejected your trusted allies, And you will not prosper by them.H3318H3027H7218H3068H3988H4009H6743


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