Now the word of the LORDcame to me saying,
2"Go and 1proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thussays the LORD, "I remember concerning you the a2devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, 3Your followingafter Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown.
3"Israel was 4holy to the LORD, The 5first of His harvest. 6All who ate of it becameguilty ; Evilcame upon them," declares the LORD.' "
4Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.
5Thussays the LORD, "7Whatinjustice did your fathersfind in Me, That they wentfar from Me And walkedafter8emptiness and becameempty ?
"They did not say, 'Where is the LORD Who 9brought us up out of the land of Egypt, Who 10led us through the wilderness, Through a land of deserts and of pits, Through a land of drought and of bdeepdarkness, Through a land that noonecrossed And wherenomandwelt ?'
"I brought you into the 11fruitfulland To eat its fruit and its goodthings. But you came and 12defiled My land, And My inheritance you made an abomination.
"The 13priests did not say, 'Where is the LORD ?' And those who handle the law14did not know Me; The crulers also transgressed against Me, And the 15prophetsprophesied by Baal And walkedafter16things that did not profit.
9"Therefore I will yet17contend with you," declares the LORD, "And with your sons'sons I will contend.
"For 18cross to the coastlands of dKittim and see, And send to 19Kedar and observeclosely And seeif there has been such a thing as this !
"Has a nationchangedgods When 20they were not gods ? But My people have 21changed their glory For that which does not profit.
"Be appalled, 22O heavens, at this, And shudder, be verydesolate," declares the LORD.
"For My people have committedtwoevils : They have forsaken Me, The 23fountain of livingwaters, To hew for themselves 24cisterns, Brokencisterns That canholdnowater.
"Is Israel25a slave ? Or is he a homeborn servant? Why has he become a prey ?
"The young26lions have roared at him, They have eroaredloudly . And they have 27made his land a waste ; His cities have been destroyed, withoutinhabitant.
16"Also the fmen of 28Memphis and Tahpanhes Have gshaved the 29crown of your head.
"Have you not 30donethis to yourself By your forsaking the LORD your GodWhen He 31led you in the way ?
"But nowwhat are you doing 32on the road to Egypt, To drink the waters of the h33Nile ? Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria, To drink the waters of the iEuphrates ?
"34Your own wickedness will correct you, And your 35apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and 36bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God, And 37the dread of Me is not in you," declares the LordjGOD of hosts.
"For longagok38I broke your yoke And toreoff your bonds ; But you said, 'I will not serve !' For on every39highhill And undereverygreentree You have laindown as a harlot.
"Yet I 40planted you a choicevine, A completelyfaithfulseed. How then have you turned yourself before Me Into the 41degenerate shoots of a foreignvine ?
22"Although you 42wash yourself with lye And lusemuchsoap, The 43stain of your iniquity is before Me," declares the LordmGOD.
"44How can you say, 'I am not defiled, I have not goneafter the 45Baals '? Look at your way in the 46valley ! Knowwhat you have done ! You are a swiftyoungcamel47entangling her ways,
A 48wilddonkeyaccustomed to the wilderness, That sniffs the wind in her passion . In the time of her nheatwho can turn her away ? All who seek her will not becomeweary ; In her month they will find her.
25"Keep your feet from being unshod And your throat from thirst ; But you said, '49It is ohopeless ! No ! For I have 50lovedstrangers, And after them I will walk.'
"As the 51thief is shamedwhen he is discovered, So the house of Israel is shamed ; They, their kings, their princes And their priests and their prophets,
Who say to a tree, 'You are my father,' And to a stone, 'You gave me birth.' For they have turned their 52back to Me, And not their face ; But in the 53time of their ptrouble they will say, 'Arise and save us.'
"But where are your 54godsWhich you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can 55save you In the time of your qtrouble ; For 56according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.
29"Why do you contend with Me? You have 57alltransgressed against Me," declares the LORD.
"58In vain I have struck your sons ; They acceptednochastening. Your 59sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroyinglion.
"O generation, heed the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a 60land of thickdarkness ? Why do My peoplesay, '61We are free to roam ; We will nolongercome to You'?
"Can a virginforget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire ? Yet My people have 62forgotten Me Dayswithoutnumber.
33"Howwell you prepare your way To seeklove ! Thereforeevenrthe wickedwomen You have taught your ways.
34"Also on your skirts is found The 63lifeblood of the innocentpoor ; You did not find them 64breaking in. But in spite of allthesethings,
Yet you said, 'I am innocent ; Surely His anger is turnedaway from me.' Behold, I will 65enter into judgment with you Because you 66say, 'I have not sinned.'
36"Why do you 67go around somuchChanging your way ? Also, 68you will be put to shame by Egypt As you were put to shame by 69Assyria.
"From this place also you will go out With 70your hands on your head ; For the LORD has rejected71those in whom you trust, And you will not prosper with them."