Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods1 at all.) But my people have exchanged theira Glory2 for worthless idols.
Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD.
"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken3 me, the spring of living water,4 and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Is Israel a servant, a slave5 by birth? Why then has he become plunder?
Lions6 have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste7 his land; his towns are burned8 and deserted.916
Also, the men of Memphisb10 and Tahpanhes11 have shaved the crown of your head.c17
Have you not brought this on yourselves12 by forsaking13 the LORD your God when he led you in the way?
Now why go to Egypt14 to drink water from the Shihord ?15 And why go to Assyria16 to drink water from the Rivere ?1719
Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding18 will rebuke19 you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter20 it is for you when you forsake21 the LORD your God and have no awe22 of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
"Long ago you broke off your yoke23 and tore off your bonds;24 you said, 'I will not serve you!'25 Indeed, on every high hill26 and under every spreading tree27 you lay down as a prostitute.2821
I had planted29 you like a choice vine30 of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt,31 wild vine?