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Jeremiah 2:9-19 (New International Version)

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9 "Therefore I bring charges1 against you again," declares the LORD. "And I will bring charges against your children's children. 10 Cross over to the coasts of Kittima2 and look, send to Kedarb3 and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this: 11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods4 at all.) But my people have exchanged theirc Glory5 for worthless idols. 12 Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD. 13 "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken6 me, the spring of living water,7 and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water. 14 Is Israel a servant, a slave8 by birth? Why then has he become plunder? 15 Lions9 have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste10 his land; his towns are burned11 and deserted.12 16 Also, the men of Memphisd13 and Tahpanhes14 have shaved the crown of your head.e 17 Have you not brought this on yourselves15 by forsaking16 the LORD your God when he led you in the way? 18 Now why go to Egypt17 to drink water from the Shihorf ?18 And why go to Assyria19 to drink water from the Riverg ?20 19 Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding21 will rebuke22 you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter23 it is for you when you forsake24 the LORD your God and have no awe25 of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.
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