They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt1 and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts2 and rifts,3 a land of drought and darkness,a a land where no one travels4 and no one lives?'
I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce.5 But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.68
The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me;7 the leaders8 rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal,9 following worthless idols.109
"Therefore I bring charges11 against you again," declares the LORD. "And I will bring charges against your children's children.
Cross over to the coasts of Kittimb12 and look, send to Kedarc13 and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this:
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods14 at all.) But my people have exchanged theird Glory15 for worthless idols.
Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD.
"My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken16 me, the spring of living water,17 and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Is Israel a servant, a slave18 by birth? Why then has he become plunder?
Lions19 have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste20 his land; his towns are burned21 and deserted.2216
Also, the men of Memphise23 and Tahpanhes24 have shaved the crown of your head.f