"How can you say, 'I am not defiled;1 I have not run after the Baals'?2 See how you behaved in the valley;3 consider what you have done. You are a swift she-camel running4 here and there,
a wild donkey5 accustomed to the desert,6 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.
Do not run until your feet are bare and your throat is dry. But you said, 'It's no use!7 I love foreign gods,8 and I must go after them.'926
"As a thief is disgraced10 when he is caught, so the house of Israel is disgraced-- they, their kings and their officials, their priests11 and their prophets.1227
They say to wood,13 'You are my father,' and to stone,14 'You gave me birth.' They have turned their backs15 to me and not their faces;16 yet when they are in trouble,17 they say, 'Come and save18 us!'
Where then are the gods19 you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!20 For you have as many gods as you have towns,21 O Judah.
"Why do you bring charges against me? You have all22 rebelled against me," declares the LORD.
"In vain I punished your people; they did not respond to correction.23 Your sword has devoured your prophets24 like a ravening lion.
"You of this generation, consider the word of the LORD: "Have I been a desert to Israel or a land of great darkness?25 Why do my people say, 'We are free to roam; we will come to you no more'?2632
Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten27 me, days without number.
How skilled you are at pursuing28 love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.