The word of the Lord came to me:
"Go and announce directly to Jerusalem that this is what the Lord says: I remember the loyaltya of your youth, your love as a brideb- how you followed Me in the wilderness, in a land not sown.
Israel was holy to the Lord,c the firstfruits of His harvest. All who ate of it found themselves guilty;d disaster came on them." [This is] the Lord's declaration.
Hear the word of the Lord, house of Jacob and all families of the house of Israel.
Here is what the Lord says: What fault did your fathers find in Me that they went so far from Me, followed worthless idols, and became worthless themselves?e6
They stopped asking: Where is the Lord who brought us from the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness,f through a land of deserts and ravines, through a land of drought and darkness,gh a land no one traveled through and where no one lived?
I brought you to a fertile landi to eat its fruit and bounty, but after you entered, you defiled My land; you made My inheritancej detestable.
The priests quit asking: Where is the Lord? The experts in the law no longer knew Me, and the rulersk rebelled against Me. The prophets prophesied by Baall and followed useless idols.
Therefore, I will bring a case against you again. [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. I will bring a case against your children's children.m10
Cross over to Cyprusnoand take a look. Send [someone] to Kedar and consider carefully; see if there has ever been anything like this:
Has a nation [ever] exchanged its gods? (but they were not gods!) Yet My people have exchanged theirp Glory for useless idols.q12
Be horrified at this, heavens;r be shocked and utterly appalled. [This is] the Lord's declaration.
For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water,s and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.