Is Israel a servant, a slave1 by birth? Why then has he become plunder?
Lions2 have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste3 his land; his towns are burned4 and deserted.516
Also, the men of Memphisa6 and Tahpanhes7 have shaved the crown of your head.b17
Have you not brought this on yourselves8 by forsaking9 the LORD your God when he led you in the way?
Now why go to Egypt10 to drink water from the Shihorc ?11 And why go to Assyria12 to drink water from the Riverd ?1319
Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding14 will rebuke15 you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter16 it is for you when you forsake17 the LORD your God and have no awe18 of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.