Jeremiah 3:6-11 NIV

Unfaithful Israel

6 During the reign of King Josiah,1 the LORD said to me, "Have you seen what faithless2 Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree3 and has committed adultery4 there.

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7 I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister5 Judah saw it.6

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8 I gave faithless Israel7 her certificate of divorce8 and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear;9 she also went out and committed adultery.

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9 Because Israel's immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land10 and committed adultery11 with stone12 and wood.13

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      10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return14 to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,15" declares the LORD.16

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      11 The LORD said to me, "Faithless Israel is more righteous17 than unfaithful18 Judah.19

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