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Jeremiah 2:8-18 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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8 The priests never thought to ask, 'Where's God?' The religion experts knew nothing of me. The rulers defied me. The prophets preached god Baal And chased empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes. 8 The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me; the leaders rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal, following worthless idols.
9 Because of all this, I'm bringing charges against you" - God's Decree - "charging you and your children and your grandchildren. 9 "Therefore I bring charges against you again," declares the LORD. "And I will bring charges against your children's children.
10 Look around. Have you ever seen anything quite like this? Sail to the western islands and look. Travel to the Kedar wilderness and look. Look closely. Has this ever happened before, 10 Cross over to the coasts of Kittim and look, send to Kedar and observe closely; see if there has ever been anything like this:
11 That a nation has traded in its gods for gods that aren't even close to gods? But my people have traded my Glory for empty god-dreams and silly god-schemes. 11 Has a nation ever changed its gods? (Yet they are not gods at all.) But my people have exchanged their Glory for worthless idols.
12 "Stand in shock, heavens, at what you see! Throw up your hands in disbelief - this can't be!" God's Decree. 12 Be appalled at this, O heavens, and shudder with great horror," declares the LORD.
13 "My people have committed a compound sin: they've walked out on me, the fountain Of fresh flowing waters, and then dug cisterns - cisterns that leak, cisterns that are no better than sieves. 13 "My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
14 "Isn't Israel a valued servant, born into a family with place and position? So how did she end up a piece of meat 14 Is Israel a servant, a slave by birth? Why then has he become plunder?
15 fought over by snarling and roaring lions? There's nothing left of her but a few old bones, her towns trashed and deserted. 15 Lions have roared; they have growled at him. They have laid waste his land; his towns are burned and deserted.
16 Egyptians from the cities of Memphis and Tahpanhes have broken your skulls. 16 Also, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes have shaved the crown of your head.
17 And why do you think all this has happened? Isn't it because you walked out on your God just as he was beginning to lead you in the right way? 17 Have you not brought this on yourselves by forsaking the LORD your God when he led you in the way?
18 "And now, what do you think you'll get by going off to Egypt? Maybe a cool drink of Nile River water? Or what do you think you'll get by going off to Assyria? Maybe a long drink of Euphrates River water? 18 Now why go to Egypt to drink water from the Shihor ? And why go to Assyria to drink water from the River ?