The word1 of the LORD came to me:
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"Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: " 'I remember the devotion of your youth,2 how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the desert,3 through a land not sown.
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Israel was holy4 to the LORD,5 the firstfruits6 of his harvest; all who devoured7 her were held guilty,8 and disaster overtook them,' " declares the LORD.
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Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, all you clans of the house of Israel.
This is what the LORD says: "What fault did your fathers find in me, that they strayed so far from me? They followed worthless idols9 and became worthless10 themselves.
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They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt11 and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts12 and rifts,13 a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one travels14 and no one lives?'
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I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce.15 But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.16
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The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' Those who deal with the law did not know me;17 the leaders18 rebelled against me. The prophets prophesied by Baal,19 following worthless idols.20
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