The priests never thought to ask, 'Where's God?' The religion experts knew nothing of me. The rulers defied me. The prophets preached god Baal And chased empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes.
Because of all this, I'm bringing charges against you" - God's Decree - "charging you and your children and your grandchildren.
Look around. Have you ever seen anything quite like this? Sail to the western islands and look. Travel to the Kedar wilderness and look. Look closely. Has this ever happened before,
That a nation has traded in its gods for gods that aren't even close to gods? But my people have traded my Glory for empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes.
"Stand in shock, heavens, at what you see! Throw up your hands in disbelief - this can't be!" God's Decree.
"My people have committed a compound sin: they've walked out on me, the fountain Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns - cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves.
"Isn't Israel a valued servant, born into a family with place and position? So how did she end up a piece of meat
fought over by snarling and roaring lions? There's nothing left of her but a few old bones, her towns trashed and deserted.
Egyptians from the cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes have broken your skulls.
And why do you think all this has happened? Isn't it because you walked out on your God just as he was beginning to lead you in the right way?
"And now, what do you think you'll get by going off to Egypt? Maybe a cool drink of Nile River water? Or what do you think you'll get by going off to Assyria? Maybe a long drink of Euphrates River water?
Published by permission. Originally published by NavPress in English as THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language copyright 2002 by Eugene Peterson. All rights reserved. (The Message Bible Online)