a wild donkey1 accustomed to the desert,2 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!3 I love foreign gods,4 and I must go after them.'526
"As a thief is disgraced6 when he is caught, so the house of Israel is disgraced-- they, their kings and their officials, their priests7 and their prophets.827
They say to wood,9 'You are my father,' and to stone,10 'You gave me birth.' They have turned their backs11 to me and not their faces;12 yet when they are in trouble,13 they say, 'Come and save14 us!'
Where then are the gods15 you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!16 For you have as many gods as you have towns,17 O Judah.
"Why do you bring charges against me? You have all18 rebelled against me," declares the LORD.
"In vain I punished your people; they did not respond to correction.19 Your sword has devoured your prophets20 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?21 Why do my people say, 'We are free to roam; we will come to you no more'?2232
Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten23 me, days without number.
How skilled you are at pursuing24 love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.
On your clothes men find the lifeblood25 of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in.26 Yet in spite of all this