Jeremiah 2

Judah's Apostasy

1 Now the word of the LORD came to me saying,
2 "Go and 1proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "I remember concerning you the 2devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, 3Your following after 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 became guilty; Evil came upon them," declares the LORD.' "
4 Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel.
5 Thus says the LORD, "7What injustice did your fathers find in Me, That they went far from Me And walked after 8emptiness and became empty?
6 "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 deep darkness, Through a land that no one crossed And where no man dwelt?'
7 "I brought you into the 11fruitful land To eat its fruit and its good things. But you came and 12defiled My land, And My inheritance you made an abomination.
8 "The 13priests did not say, 'Where is the LORD?' And those who handle the law 14did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me, And the 15prophets prophesied by Baal And walked after 16things that did not profit.
9 "Therefore I will yet 17contend with you," declares the LORD, "And with your sons' sons I will contend.
10 "For 18cross to the coastlands of Kittim and see, And send to 19Kedar and observe closely And see if there has been such a thing as this!
11 "Has a nation changed gods When 20they were not gods? But My people have 21changed their glory For that which does not profit.
12 "Be appalled, 22O heavens, at this, And shudder, be very desolate," declares the LORD.
13 "For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, The 23fountain of living waters, To hew for themselves 24cisterns, Broken cisterns That can hold no water.
14 "Is Israel 25a slave? Or is he a homeborn * servant? Why has he become a prey?
15 "The young 26lions have roared at him, They have roared * loudly *. And they have 27made his land a waste; His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.
16 "Also the men of 28Memphis and Tahpanhes Have shaved the 29crown of your head.
17 "Have you not 30done this to yourself By your forsaking the LORD your God When He 31led you in the way?
18 "But now what are you doing 32on the road to Egypt, To drink the waters of the 33Nile? Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria, To drink the waters of the Euphrates?
19 "34Your own wickedness will correct you, And your 35apostasies will reprove you; Know therefore and see that it is evil and 36bitter For you to forsake the LORD your God, And 37the dread of Me is not in you," declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
20 "For long ago 38I broke your yoke And tore off your bonds; But you said, 'I will not serve!' For on every 39high hill And under every green tree You have lain down as a harlot.
21 "Yet I 40planted you a choice vine, A completely faithful seed. How then have you turned yourself before Me Into the 41degenerate shoots of a foreign vine?
22 "Although * you 42wash yourself with lye And use much soap, The 43stain of your iniquity is before Me," declares the Lord GOD.
23 "44How can you say, 'I am not defiled, I have not gone after the 45Baals '? Look at your way in the 46valley! Know what you have done! You are a swift young camel 47entangling her ways,
24 A 48wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness, That sniffs the wind in her passion *. In the time of her heat who can turn her away? All who seek her will not become weary; In her month they will find her.
25 "Keep your feet from being unshod And your throat from thirst; But you said, '49It is hopeless! No! For I have 50loved strangers, And after them I will walk.'
26 "As the 51thief is shamed when he is discovered, So the house of Israel is shamed; They, their kings, their princes And their priests and their prophets,
27 Who say to a tree, 'You are my father,' And to a stone, 'You gave me birth.' For they have turned their 52back to Me, And not their face; But in the 53time of their trouble they will say, 'Arise and save us.'
28 "But where are your 54gods Which you made for yourself? Let them arise, if they can 55save you In the time of your trouble; For 56according to the number of your cities Are your gods, O Judah.
29 "Why do you contend with Me? You have 57all transgressed against Me," declares the LORD.
30 "58In vain I have struck your sons; They accepted no chastening. Your 59sword has devoured your prophets Like a destroying lion.
31 "O generation, heed the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a 60land of thick darkness? Why do My people say, '61We are free to roam; We will no longer come to You'?
32 "Can a virgin forget her ornaments, Or a bride her attire? Yet My people have 62forgotten Me Days without number.
33 "How well you prepare your way To seek love! Therefore even the wicked women You have taught your ways.
34 "Also on your skirts is found The 63lifeblood * of the innocent poor; You did not find them 64breaking in. But in spite of all these things,
35 Yet you said, 'I am innocent; Surely His anger is turned away from me.' Behold, I will 65enter into judgment with you Because you 66say, 'I have not sinned.'
36 "Why do you 67go around so much Changing your way? Also, 68you will be put to shame by Egypt As you were put to shame by 69Assyria.
37 "From this place also you will go out With 70your hands on your head; For the LORD has rejected 71those in whom you trust, And you will not prosper with them."
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