Jeremiah 2:12-22 (New International Version)

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12 Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD. 13 "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken1 me, the spring of living water,2 and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. 14 Is Israel a servant, a slave3 by birth? Why then has he become plunder? 15 Lions4 have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste5 his land; his towns are burned6 and deserted.7 16 Also, the men of Memphisa8 and Tahpanhes9 have shaved the crown of your head.b 17 Have you not brought this on yourselves10 by forsaking11 the LORD your God when he led you in the way? 18 Now why go to Egypt12 to drink water from the Shihorc ?13 And why go to Assyria14 to drink water from the Riverd ?15 19 Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding16 will rebuke17 you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter18 it is for you when you forsake19 the LORD your God and have no awe20 of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. 20 "Long ago you broke off your yoke21 and tore off your bonds;22 you said, 'I will not serve you!'23 Indeed, on every high hill24 and under every spreading tree25 you lay down as a prostitute.26 21 I had planted27 you like a choice vine28 of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt,29 wild vine? 22 Although you wash30 yourself with soda31 and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.32
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