"Say of your brothers, 'My people,' and of your sisters, 'My loved one.'1
"Rebuke your mother,2 rebuke her, for she is not my wife, and I am not her husband. Let her remove the adulterous3 look from her face and the unfaithfulness from between her breasts.
Otherwise I will strip4 her naked and make her as bare as on the day she was born;5 I will make her like a desert,6 turn her into a parched land, and slay her with thirst.
I will not show my love to her children,7 because they are the children of adultery.8
Their mother has been unfaithful and has conceived them in disgrace. She said, 'I will go after my lovers,9 who give me my food and my water, my wool and my linen, my oil and my drink.'10
Therefore I will block her path with thornbushes; I will wall her in so that she cannot find her way.11
She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them.12 Then she will say, 'I will go back to my husband13 as at first,14 for then I was better off15 than now.'
She has not acknowledged16 that I was the one who gave her the grain, the new wine and oil,17 who lavished on her the silver and gold18-- which they used for Baal.19
"Therefore I will take away my grain20 when it ripens, and my new wine21 when it is ready. I will take back my wool and my linen, intended to cover her nakedness.
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