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Jeremiah 2

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 1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying"

 2 "Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the Lord; I remember you, the kindness of your youth, your love after your betrothal [to me], when you first followed after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.'

 3 Israel was holiness to the LORD, and the first fruits of his increase. All that devoured him offended me, and disaster will come upon them,'" says the Lord.

 4 Hear you the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

 5 Thus says the Lord, "What wrong have your fathers found in me, that they have departed from me, and have walked after their own worthless ways, and have become fruitless and worthless?

 6 Nor did they ask, 'Where is the LORD who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, who led us through the wilderness, through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of drought, and of the shadow of death, through a land that no man passed through, and where no man dwelled?'

 7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit of it and the goodness of it; but after you entered the land, you defiled it and made my heritage an abomination.

 8 The priests did not ask, 'Where is the LORD?' And those who handle the law, did not know me; the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.

 9 Therefore I will still plead with you," says the Lord, "and with your children's children I will plead.

 10 For cross over to the isles of Cyprus and see; and send to Kedar, and consider diligently to see if there has ever occurred such a thing.

 11 Has a nation ever exchanged their gods, for what are still not gods? But my people have changed their glory for what has no value or benefit.

 12 Be astonished, O you heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; you shall be very desolate," says the Lord.

 13 "For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out for themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, which can hold no water. [As has Christendom done the same today.]

 14 Is Israel a servant? Is he a home born slave? Why is he spoiled?

 15 The young lions roared upon him, and yelled, and they made his land waste; his cities are burned without inhabitants.

 16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the crown of your head.

 17 Have you not brought this upon yourself, in that you have forsaken the LORD your God, when he led you by the way?

 18 And now what have you to do in the way of Egypt, to drink the waters of Sihor? Or what have you to do in the way of Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?

 19 Your own wickedness shall correct you, and your backslidings shall reprove you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that you have forsaken the LORD your God, and that my fear is not in you," says the Lord GOD of hosts.

 20 "For of old time I have broken your yoke, and burst your bands; and you said, 'I will not transgress;' when upon every high hill and under every green tree you have bowed to idols, playing the harlot.

 21 Yet I had planted you as a noble vine, wholly a right seed. How then have you turned into the degenerate plant of a strange vine to me?

 22 For though you wash you with lye, and use much soap, yet your iniquity is marked before me," says the Lord GOD.

 23 "How can you say, 'I am not polluted, I have not gone after Baal?' Look at your way in the valley, know what you have done. You are like a swift camel running here and there;

 24 Like a wild ass accustomed to the wilderness, that snuffs up the wind at her pleasure; in her heat who can turn her away? All the males who seek her will not weary themselves; in her month they shall find her.

 25 Do not run until your foot is unshod and your throat is dry from thirst. But you said, 'There is no hope; no, for I have loved foreign gods, and after them will I go.'

 26 As the thief is ashamed when he is discovered, so is the house of Israel ashamed; they, their kings, their princes, and their priests, and their prophets.

 27 Saying to wood [idols], 'You are my father;' and to a stone [idol], 'You have brought me forth.' They have turned their back to me, and not their face; but in the time of their trouble they will say, 'Arise, and save us.'

 28 But where are your gods that have made you? Let them arise, if they can save you in the time of your trouble for your gods are as numerous as the number of your cities, O Judah.

 29 Why do you plead with me now? You all have transgressed against me," says the Lord.

 30 "In vain have I smitten your children; they received no correction. Your own sword has devoured your prophets, like a destroying lion.

 31 O generation, regard and heed the word of the LORD. Have I been a wilderness to Israel or a land of darkness? Why do my people say, 'We can roam without restraint; we will no longer come to you?'

 32 Can a maid forget her jewelry, or a bride her attire? Yet my people have forgotten me for days without number.

 33 Why do your define your own way to seek love? Thus you have also taught even the wicked women your ways.

 34 Also on your skirts is found the lifeblood of the souls of the poor innocents; though not as a result from your discovery of them breaking in.

 35 Yet you say, 'Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me.' Behold, I will plead with you, because you say, 'I have not sinned.'

 36 Why do you gad about so much to change your ways? You also shall be ashamed of the way of Egypt, as you were ashamed of the way of Assyria.

 37 Yes, you shall go forth from Egypt, with your hands upon your head, for the LORD has rejected your confidences, and you shall not prosper in them."


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