Jeremiah 2:15-25 (New International Version)

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15 Lions1 have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste2 his land; his towns are burned3 and deserted.4 16 Also, the men of Memphisa5 and Tahpanhes6 have shaved the crown of your head.b 17 Have you not brought this on yourselves7 by forsaking8 the LORD your God when he led you in the way? 18 Now why go to Egypt9 to drink water from the Shihorc ?10 And why go to Assyria11 to drink water from the Riverd ?12 19 Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding13 will rebuke14 you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter15 it is for you when you forsake16 the LORD your God and have no awe17 of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. 20 "Long ago you broke off your yoke18 and tore off your bonds;19 you said, 'I will not serve you!'20 Indeed, on every high hill21 and under every spreading tree22 you lay down as a prostitute.23 21 I had planted24 you like a choice vine25 of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt,26 wild vine? 22 Although you wash27 yourself with soda28 and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.29 23 "How can you say, 'I am not defiled;30 I have not run after the Baals'?31 See how you behaved in the valley;32 consider what you have done. You are a swift she-camel running33 here and there, 24 a wild donkey34 accustomed to the desert,35 sniffing the wind in her craving-- in her heat who can restrain her? Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves; at mating time they will find her. 25 Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, 'It's no use!36 I love foreign gods,37 and I must go after them.'38
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