Jeremiah 2:8-18 NIV

8 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.4

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9 "Therefore I bring charges5 against you again," declares the LORD. "And I will bring charges against your children's children.

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10 Cross over to the coasts of Kittima6 and look, send to Kedarb7 and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this:

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    • b 2:10 - That is, Cyprus and western coastlands
    • c 2:10 - The home of Bedouin tribes in the Syro-Arabian desert
      11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods8 at all.) But my people have exchanged theirc Glory9 for worthless idols.

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        • d 2:11 - Masoretic Text; an ancient Hebrew scribal tradition "my"
          12 Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD.
          13 "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.

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          14 Is Israel a servant, a slave12 by birth? Why then has he become plunder?

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          15 Lions13 have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste14 his land; his towns are burned15 and deserted.16

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          16 Also, the men of Memphisd17 and Tahpanhes18 have shaved the crown of your head.e

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            • e 2:16 - Hebrew "Noph"
            • f 2:16 - Or "have cracked your skull"
              17 Have you not brought this on yourselves19 by forsaking20 the LORD your God when he led you in the way?

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              18 Now why go to Egypt21 to drink water from the Shihorf ?22 And why go to Assyria23 to drink water from the Riverg ?24

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                • g 2:18 - That is, a branch of the Nile
                • h 2:18 - That is, the Euphrates