You have given olive oil and perfume to Molech a as your gift. You have traveled far, even into the world of the dead, b to find new gods to love.
You grew weary in your search, but you never gave up. You strengthened yourself and went on.
Why were you more afraid of them than of me? How is it that you don't even remember me or think about me? Is it because I have not corrected you that you have no fear of me?
"Now I will expose your so-called good deeds that you consider so righteous. None of them will benefit or save you.
Let's see if your idols can do anything for you when you cry to them for help. They are so helpless that a breath of wind can knock them down! But whoever trusts in me will possess the land and inherit my holy mountain.
I will say, 'Rebuild the road! Clear away the rocks and stones so my people can return from captivity.'"
The high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, the Holy One, says this: "I live in that high and holy place with those whose spirits are contrite and humble. I refresh the humble and give new courage to those with repentant hearts.
For I will not fight against you forever; I will not always show my anger. If I did, all people would pass away -- all the souls I have made.
I was angry and punished these greedy people. I withdrew myself from them, but they went right on sinning.
I have seen what they do, but I will heal them anyway! I will lead them and comfort those who mourn.
Then words of praise will be on their lips. May they have peace, both near and far, for I will heal them all," says the LORD.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)