Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.17
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them.2 Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband3 as at first,4 for then I was better off5 than now.'
She has not acknowledged6 that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,7 who lavished on her the silver and gold8-- which they used for Baal.99
"Therefore I will take away my grain10 when it ripens, and my new wine11 when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her nakedness.
So now I will expose12 her lewdness before the eyes of her lovers;13 no one will take her out of my hands.1411
I will stop15 all her celebrations:16 her yearly festivals, her New Moons, her Sabbath days--all her appointed feasts.1712
I will ruin her vines18 and her fig trees,19 which she said were her pay from her lovers;20 I will make them a thicket,21 and wild animals will devour them.2213
I will punish her for the days she burned incense23 to the Baals;24 she decked herself with rings and jewelry,25 and went after her lovers,26 but me she forgot,27" declares the LORD.28