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Jeremiah 2:8-18 (Holman Christian Standard)

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8 The priests quit asking: Where is the Lord? The experts in the law no longer knew Me, and the rulersa rebelled against Me. The prophets prophesied by Baalb and followed useless idols. 9 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.c 10 Cross over to Cyprusdeand take a look. Send [someone] to Kedar and consider carefully; see if there has ever been anything like this: 11 Has a nation [ever] exchanged its gods? (but they were not gods!) Yet My people have exchanged theirf Glory for useless idols.g 12 Be horrified at this, heavens;h be shocked and utterly appalled. [This is] the Lord's declaration. 13 For My people have committed a double evil: They have abandoned Me, the fountain of living water,i and dug cisterns for themselves, cracked cisterns that cannot hold water.

Consequences of Apostasy

14 Is Israel a slave? Was he born into slavery?j Why else has he become a prey? 15 The young lions have roared at him; they have roared loudly. They have laid waste his land. His cities are in ruins, without inhabitants. 16 The men of Memphis and Tahpanhesk have also broken your skull. 17 Have you not brought this on yourself by abandoning the Lord your God while He was leading you along the way? 18 Now what will you gain by traveling along the way to Egypt to drink the waters of the Nile?l What will you gain by traveling along the way to Assyria to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
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