Jeremiah 3:19-25 NIV

19 "I myself said, " 'How gladly would I treat you like sons and give you a desirable land,1 the most beautiful inheritance2 of any nation.' I thought you would call me 'Father'3 and not turn away from following me.

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20 But like a woman unfaithful to her husband, so you have been unfaithful4 to me, O house of Israel," declares the LORD.

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21 A cry is heard on the barren heights,5 the weeping6 and pleading of the people of Israel, because they have perverted their ways and have forgotten7 the LORD their God.

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22 "Return,8 faithless people; I will cure9 you of backsliding."10 "Yes, we will come to you, for you are the LORD our God.

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23 Surely the [idolatrous] commotion on the hills11 and mountains is a deception; surely in the LORD our God is the salvation12 of Israel.

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24 From our youth shameful13 gods have consumed the fruits of our fathers' labor-- their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters.

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25 Let us lie down in our shame,14 and let our disgrace cover us. We have sinned15 against the LORD our God, both we and our fathers;16 from our youth17 till this day we have not obeyed18 the LORD our God."

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