Hear the word of the Lord, family of Jacob, all you family groups of Israel.
This is what the Lord says: "I was fair to your ancestors, so why did they turn away from me? Your ancestors worshiped useless idols and became useless themselves.
Your ancestors didn't say, 'Where is the Lord who brought us out of Egypt? He led us through the desert, through a dry and rocky land, through a dark and dangerous land. He led us where no one travels or lives.'
I brought you into a fertile land so you could eat its fruit and produce. But you came and made my land unclean; you made it a hateful place.
The priests didn't ask, 'Where is the Lord?' The people who know the teachings didn't know me. The leaders turned against me. and worshiped useless idols.
"So now I will again tell what I have against you," says the Lord. "And I will tell what I have against your grandchildren.
Go across the sea to the island of Cyprus and see. Send someone to the land of Kedar to look closely. See if there has ever been anything like this.
Has a nation ever exchanged its gods? (Of course, its gods are not really gods at all.) for idols worth nothing.
Skies, be shocked at the things that have happened and shake with great fear!" says the Lord.
"My people have done two evils: They have turned away from me, the spring of living water. And they have dug their own wells, which are broken wells that cannot hold water.
Have the people of Israel become slaves? Have they become like someone who was born a slave? Why were they taken captive?