The word1 of the LORD came to me:
"Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: " 'I remember the devotion of your youth,2 how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert,3 through a land not sown.
Israel was holy4 to the LORD,5 the firstfruits6 of his harvest; all who devoured7 her were held guilty,8 and disaster overtook them,' " declares the LORD.
Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, all you clans of the house of Israel.
This is what the LORD says: "What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols9 and became worthless10 themselves.
They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt11 and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts12 and rifts,13 a land of drought and darkness,a a land where no one travels14 and no one lives?'
I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce.15 But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.168
The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me;17 the leaders18 rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal,19 following worthless idols.20