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?