Jeremiah 2:1-13 CSB

Israel Accused of Apostasy

1 The word of the Lord came to me:

References for Jeremiah 2:1

      2 "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.

      References for Jeremiah 2:2

        • a 2:2 - Ex 34:4-7
        • b 2:2 - Dt 6:5; 11:1,22
          3 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.

          References for Jeremiah 2:3

            • c 2:3 - Ex 19:4-6; Dt 7:6; 14:2,21
            • d 2:3 - Lv 22:10,15-16
              4 Hear the word of the Lord, house of Jacob and all families of the house of Israel.
              5 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?e

              References for Jeremiah 2:5

                • e 2:5 - Jr 8:19; 2 Kg 17:15; Rm 1:21
                  6 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?

                  References for Jeremiah 2:6

                    • f 2:6 - Dt 8:15; 32:10
                    • g 2:6 - Or shadow of death
                    • h 2:6 - Ps 23:4
                      7 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.

                      References for Jeremiah 2:7

                        • i 2:7 - Jr 4:26; Ex 3:8; Dt 1:25
                        • j 2:7 - Jr 3:19; 12:7,14
                          8 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.

                          References for Jeremiah 2:8

                            • k 2:8 - Jr 23:1-4; Ezk 34
                            • l 2:8 - Jr 2:23; 9:14
                              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.m

                              References for Jeremiah 2:9

                                • m 2:9 - Isa 3:13; Mc 6:1-8
                                  10 Cross over to Cyprusnoand take a look. Send [someone] to Kedar and consider carefully; see if there has ever been anything like this:

                                  References for Jeremiah 2:10

                                    • n 2:10 - Lit to the islands of Kittim
                                    • o 2:10 - Gn 10:4; Nm 24:24; Isa 23:1,12
                                      11 Has a nation [ever] exchanged its gods? (but they were not gods!) Yet My people have exchanged theirp Glory for useless idols.q

                                      References for Jeremiah 2:11

                                        • p 2:11 - Alt Hb tradition reads My.
                                        • q 2:11 - Ps 106:20; Hs 4:7; Rm 1:23
                                          12 Be horrified at this, heavens;r be shocked and utterly appalled. [This is] the Lord's declaration.

                                          References for Jeremiah 2:12

                                            • r 2:12 - Dt 32:1; Isa 1:2; Mc 6:1
                                              13 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.

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