In a desert1 land he found him, in a barren and howling waste.2 He shielded3 him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye,411
like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young,5 that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions.612
The LORD alone led7 him;8 no foreign god was with him.913
He made him ride on the heights10 of the land and fed him with the fruit of the fields. He nourished him with honey from the rock,11 and with oil12 from the flinty crag,
with curds and milk from herd and flock and with fattened lambs and goats, with choice rams of Bashan13 and the finest kernels of wheat.14 You drank the foaming blood of the grape.1515
Jeshuruna16 grew fat17 and kicked; filled with food, he became heavy and sleek. He abandoned18 the God who made him and rejected the Rock19 his Savior.
They made him jealous20 with their foreign gods and angered21 him with their detestable idols.
They sacrificed22 to demons,23 which are not God-- gods they had not known,24 gods that recently appeared,25 gods your fathers did not fear.
You deserted the Rock, who fathered you; you forgot26 the God who gave you birth.
The LORD saw this and rejected them27 because he was angered by his sons and daughters.2820
"I will hide my face29 from them," he said, "and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation,30 children who are unfaithful.31