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Jeremiah 2
Good News Translation

God’s Care for Israel

2The LORD told meH1697H3068H559 2to proclaim this message to everyone in Jerusalem. "I remember how faithful you were when you were young, how you loved me when we were first married; you followed me through the desert, through a land that had not been planted.H1980H7121H241H3389H559H559H3068H2142H2617H5271H160H3623H3212H310H4057H776H2232 3Israel, you belonged to me alone; you were my sacred possession. I sent suffering and disaster on everyone who hurt you. I, the LORD, have spoken."H3478H6944H3068H7225H8393H398H816H7451H935H5002H3068

The Sin of Israel’s Ancestors

4Listen to the LORD's message, you descendants of Jacob, you tribes of Israel.H8085H1697H3068H1004H3290H4940H1004H3478 5The LORD says: "What accusation did your ancestors bring against me? What made them turn away from me? They worshiped worthless idols and became worthless themselves.H559H3068H5766H1H4672H7368H3212H310H1892H1891 6They did not care about me, even though I rescued them from Egypt and led them through the wilderness: a land of deserts and sand pits, a dry and dangerous land where no one lives and no one will even travel.H559H3068H5927H776H4714H3212H4057H776H6160H7745H776H6723H6757H776H376H5674H120H3427 7I brought them into a fertile land, to enjoy its harvests and its other good things. But instead they ruined my land; they defiled the country I had given them.H935H3759H776H398H6529H2898H935H2930H776H7760H5159H8441 8The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' My own priests did not know me. The rulers rebelled against me; the prophets spoke in the name of Baal and worshiped useless idols.H3548H559H3068H8610H8451H3045H7462H6586H5030H5012H1168H1980H310H3276

The Lord’s Case against His People

9"And so I, the LORD, will state my case against my people again. I will bring charges against their descendants.H7378H5002H3068H1121H1121H7378 10Go west to the island of Cyprus, and send someone eastward to the land of Kedar. You will see that nothing like this has ever happened before.H5674H339H3794H7200H7971H6938H995H3966H7200 11No other nation has ever changed its gods, even though they were not real. But my people have exchanged me, the God who has brought them honor, for gods that can do nothing for them.H1471H3235H430H430H5971H4171H3519H3276 12And so I command the sky to shake with horror, to be amazed and astonished,H8074H8064H8175H3966H2717H5002H3068 13for my people have committed two sins: they have turned away from me, the spring of fresh water, and they have dug cisterns, cracked cisterns that can hold no water at all.H5971H6213H8147H7451H5800H4726H2416H4325H2672H877H7665H877H3557H4325

The Results of Israel’s Unfaithfulness

14"Israel is not a slave; he was not born into slavery. Why then do his enemies hunt him down?H3478H5650H1004H3211H4069H957 15They have roared at him like lions; they have made his land a desert, and his towns lie in ruins, completely abandoned.H3715H7580H5414H6963H7896H776H8047H5892H3341H3427 16Yes, the people of Memphis and Tahpanhes have cracked his skull.H1121H5297H8471H7462H6936 17Israel, you brought this on yourself ! You deserted me, the LORD your God, while I was leading you along the way.H6213H5800H3068H430H6256H3212H1870 18What do you think you will gain by going to Egypt to drink water from the Nile? What do you think you will gain by going to Assyria to drink water from the Euphrates?H1870H4714H8354H4325H7883H1870H804H8354H4325H5104 19Your own evil will punish you, and your turning from me will condemn you. You will learn how bitter and wrong it is to abandon me, the LORD your God, and no longer to remain faithful to me. I, the Sovereign LORD Almighty, have spoken."H7451H3256H4878H3198H3045H7200H7451H4751H5800H3068H430H6345H5002H136H3069H6635

Israel Refuses to Worship the Lord

20The Sovereign LORD says, "Israel, long ago you rejected my authority; you refused to obey me and worship me. On every high hill and under every green tree you worshiped fertility gods.H5769H7665H5923H5423H4147H559H5674H5647H1364H1389H7488H6086H6808H2181 21I planted you like a choice vine from the very best seed. But look what you have become! You are like a rotten, worthless vine.H5193H8321H571H2233H2015H5494H5237H1612 22Even if you washed with the strongest soap, I would still see the stain of your guilt.H3526H5427H7235H1287H5771H3799H6440H5002H136H3069 23How can you say you have not defiled yourself, that you have never worshiped Baal? Look how you sinned in the valley; see what you have done. You are like a wild camel in heat, running around loose,H559H2930H1980H310H1168H7200H1870H1516H3045H6213H7031H1072H8308H1870 24rushing into the desert. When she is in heat, who can control her? No male that wants her has to trouble himself; she is always available in mating season.H6501H3928H4057H7602H7307H185H5315H8385H7725H1245H3286H2320H4672 25Israel, don't wear your feet out, or let your throat become dry from chasing after other gods. But you say, 'No! I can't turn back. I have loved foreign gods and will go after them.' "H4513H7272H3182H1627H6773H559H2976H157H2114H310H3212

Israel Deserves to Be Punished

26The LORD says, "Just as a thief is disgraced when caught, so all you people of Israel will be disgraced—your kings and officials, your priests and prophets.H1590H1322H4672H1004H3478H3001H4428H8269H3548H5030 27You will all be disgraced—you that say that a tree is your father and that a rock is your mother. This will happen because you turned away from me instead of turning to me. But when you are in trouble, you ask me to come and save you.H559H6086H1H68H3205H6437H6203H6440H6256H7451H559H6965H3467 28"Where are the gods that you made for yourselves? When you are in trouble, let them save you—if they can! Judah, you have as many gods as you have cities.H430H6213H6965H3467H6256H7451H4557H5892H430H3063 29What is your complaint? Why have you rebelled against me?H7378H6586H5002H3068 30I punished you, but it did no good; you would not let me correct you. Like a raging lion, you have murdered your prophets.H7723H5221H1121H3947H4148H2719H398H5030H7843H738 31People of Israel, listen to what I am saying. Have I been like a desert to you, like a dark and dangerous land? Why, then, do you say that you will do as you please, that you will never come back to me?H1755H7200H1697H3068H4057H3478H776H3991H559H5971H7300H935 32Does a young woman forget her jewelry, or a bride her wedding dress? But my people have forgotten me for more days than can be counted.H1330H7911H5716H3618H7196H5971H7911H3117H4557 33You certainly know how to chase after lovers. Even the worst of women can learn from you.H3190H1870H1245H160H3925H7451H1870 34Your clothes are stained with the blood of the poor and innocent, not with the blood of burglars. "But in spite of all this,H3671H4672H1818H5315H34H5355H4672H4290 35you say, 'I am innocent; surely the LORD is no longer angry with me.' But I, the LORD, will punish you because you deny that you have sinned.H559H5352H639H7725H8199H559H2398 36You have cheapened yourself by turning to the gods of other nations. You will be disappointed by Egypt, just as you were by Assyria.H235H3966H8138H1870H954H4714H954H804 37You will turn away from Egypt, hanging your head in shame. I, the LORD, have rejected those you trust; you will not gain anything from them."H3318H3027H7218H3068H3988H4009H6743


Good News Translation. Scripture taken from the Good News Translation in Today’s English Version- Second Edition Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society. Used by Permission. More details.

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