"As a thief is disgraced1 when he is caught, so the house of Israel is disgraced-- they, their kings and their officials, their priests2 and their prophets.327
They say to wood,4 'You are my father,' and to stone,5 'You gave me birth.' They have turned their backs6 to me and not their faces;7 yet when they are in trouble,8 they say, 'Come and save9 us!'
Where then are the gods10 you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!11 For you have as many gods as you have towns,12 O Judah.
"Why do you bring charges against me? You have all13 rebelled against me," declares the LORD.
"In vain I punished your people; they did not respond to correction.14 Your sword has devoured your prophets15 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?16 Why do my people say, 'We are free to roam; we will come to you no more'?1732
Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten18 me, days without number.
How skilled you are at pursuing19 love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.
On your clothes men find the lifeblood20 of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in.21 Yet in spite of all this
you say, 'I am innocent;22 he is not angry with me.' But I will pass judgment23 on you because you say, 'I have not sinned.'2436
Why do you go about so much, changing25 your ways? You will be disappointed by Egypt26 as you were by Assyria.