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Jeremiah 2:18-28 (New International Version)

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18 Now why go to Egypt1 to drink water from the Shihora ?2 And why go to Assyria3 to drink water from the Riverb ?4 19 Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding5 will rebuke6 you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter7 it is for you when you forsake8 the LORD your God and have no awe9 of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty. 20 "Long ago you broke off your yoke10 and tore off your bonds;11 you said, 'I will not serve you!'12 Indeed, on every high hill13 and under every spreading tree14 you lay down as a prostitute.15 21 I had planted16 you like a choice vine17 of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt,18 wild vine? 22 Although you wash19 yourself with soda20 and use an abundance of soap, the stain of your guilt is still before me," declares the Sovereign LORD.21 23 "How can you say, 'I am not defiled;22 I have not run after the Baals'?23 See how you behaved in the valley;24 consider what you have done. You are a swift she-camel running25 here and there, 24 a wild donkey26 accustomed to the desert,27 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!28 I love foreign gods,29 and I must go after them.'30 26 "As a thief is disgraced31 when he is caught, so the house of Israel is disgraced-- they, their kings and their officials, their priests32 and their prophets.33 27 They say to wood,34 'You are my father,' and to stone,35 'You gave me birth.' They have turned their backs36 to me and not their faces;37 yet when they are in trouble,38 they say, 'Come and save39 us!' 28 Where then are the gods40 you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!41 For you have as many gods as you have towns,42 O Judah.
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