The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me;1 the leaders2 rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal,3 following worthless idols.49
"Therefore I bring charges5 against you again," declares the LORD. "And I will bring charges against your children's children.
Cross over to the coasts of Kittima6 and look, send to Kedarb7 and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this:
Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods8 at all.) But my people have exchanged theirc Glory9 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 forsaken10 me, the spring of living water,11 and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
Is Israel a servant, a slave12 by birth? Why then has he become plunder?
Lions13 have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste14 his land; his towns are burned15 and deserted.1616
Also, the men of Memphisd17 and Tahpanhes18 have shaved the crown of your head.e17
Have you not brought this on yourselves19 by forsaking20 the LORD your God when he led you in the way?
Now why go to Egypt21 to drink water from the Shihorf ?22 And why go to Assyria23 to drink water from the Riverg ?24