Where then are the gods1 you made for yourselves? Let them come if they can save you when you are in trouble!2 For you have as many gods as you have towns,3 O Judah.
"Why do you bring charges against me? You have all4 rebelled against me," declares the LORD.
"In vain I punished your people; they did not respond to correction.5 Your sword has devoured your prophets6 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?7 Why do my people say, 'We are free to roam; we will come to you no more'?832
Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten9 me, days without number.
How skilled you are at pursuing10 love! Even the worst of women can learn from your ways.
On your clothes men find the lifeblood11 of the innocent poor, though you did not catch them breaking in.12 Yet in spite of all this
you say, 'I am innocent;13 he is not angry with me.' But I will pass judgment14 on you because you say, 'I have not sinned.'1536
Why do you go about so much, changing16 your ways? You will be disappointed by Egypt17 as you were by Assyria.
You will also leave that place with your hands on your head,18 for the LORD has rejected those you trust; you will not be helped19 by them.