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Jeremiah 2:1-13 (New American Standard)

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Judah's Apostasy

1 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, 2 "Go and 1proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "I remember concerning you the a2devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, 3Your following after 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 became guilty; Evil came upon them," declares the LORD.' " 4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. 5 Thus says the LORD, "7What injustice did your fathers find in Me, That they went far from Me And walked after 8emptiness and became empty? 6 "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 bdeep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?' 7 "I brought you into the 11fruitful land To eat its fruit and its good things. But you came and 12defiled My land, And My inheritance you made an abomination. 8 "The 13priests did not say, 'Where is the LORD?' And those who handle the law 14did not know Me; The crulers also transgressed against Me, And the 15prophets prophesied by Baal And walked after 16things that did not profit. 9 "Therefore I will yet 17contend with you," declares the LORD, "And with your sons' sons I will contend. 10 "For 18cross to the coastlands of dKittim and see, And send to 19Kedar and observe closely And see if there has been such a thing as this! 11 "Has a nation changed gods When 20they were not gods? But My people have 21changed their glory For that which does not profit. 12 "Be appalled, 22O heavens, at this, And shudder, be very desolate," declares the LORD. 13 "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The 23fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves 24cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.
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