Jeremiah 2:16-26 (New International Version)

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16 Also, the men of Memphisa1 and Tahpanhes2 have shaved the crown of your head.b 17 Have you not brought this on yourselves3 by forsaking4 the LORD your God when he led you in the way? 18 Now why go to Egypt5 to drink water from the Shihorc ?6 And why go to Assyria7 to drink water from the Riverd ?8 19 Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding9 will rebuke10 you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter11 it is for you when you forsake12 the LORD your God and have no awe13 of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. 20 "Long ago you broke off your yoke14 and tore off your bonds;15 you said, 'I will not serve you!'16 Indeed, on every high hill17 and under every spreading tree18 you lay down as a prostitute.19 21 I had planted20 you like a choice vine21 of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt,22 wild vine? 22 Although you wash23 yourself with soda24 and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.25 23 "How can you say, 'I am not defiled;26 I have not run after the Baals'?27 See how you behaved in the valley;28 consider what you have done. You are a swift she-camel running29 here and there, 24 a wild donkey30 accustomed to the desert,31 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!32 I love foreign gods,33 and I must go after them.'34 26 "As a thief is disgraced35 when he is caught, so the house of Israel is disgraced-- they, their kings and their officials, their priests36 and their prophets.37
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