The LORD gave me another message. He said,
"Go and shout in Jerusalem's streets: 'This is what the LORD says: I remember how eager you were to please me as a young bride long ago, how you loved me and followed me even through the barren wilderness.
In those days Israel was holy to the LORD, the first of my children. a All who harmed my people were considered guilty, and disaster fell upon them. I, the LORD, have spoken!'"
Listen to the word of the LORD, people of Jacob -- all you families of Israel!
This is what the LORD says: "What sin did your ancestors find in me that led them to stray so far? They worshiped foolish idols, only to become foolish themselves.
They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD who brought us safely out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness -- a land of deserts and pits, of drought and death, where no one lives or even travels?'"
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)