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.