Jeremiah 2

And He said, Thus says the Lord, I remember the kindness of your youth, and the love of your betrothal, in following the Holy One of Israel, says the Lord, Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the firstfruits of His increase. All that devoured him shall offend; evils shall come upon them, says the Lord. Hear the word of the Lord, O house of Jacob, and every family of the house of Israel. Thus says the Lord, What trespass have your fathers found in Me, that they have revolted far from Me, and gone after vanities, and have become vain? And they said not, Where is the Lord, who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, who guided us in the wilderness, in an untried and trackless land, in a land in which no man has entered, and no man has dwelt in? And I brought you to Carmel, that you should eat the fruits thereof, and the goods thereof; and you went in, and defiled My land, and made My heritage an abomination. The priest said not, Where is the Lord? And they that held by the law knew Me not: the shepherds also sinned against Me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and went after that which profited not. Therefore I will yet plead with you, and will plead with your children's children. 10 For go to the isles of Kittim, and see; and send to Kedar, and observe accurately, and see if such things have been done; 11 if the nations will change their gods, though they are not gods: but My people have changed their glory, for that from which they shall not be profited. 12 The heaven is amazed at this, and is very exceedingly horrorstruck, says the Lord. 13 For My people have committed two evils: they have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn out for themselves broken cisterns, which will not be able to hold water. 14 Is Israel a servant, or a home-born slave? Why has he become a spoil? 15 The lions roared upon him, and uttered their voice, which have made his land a wilderness; and his cities are broken down, that they should not be inhabited. 16 Also the children of Memphis and Tahpanhes have known you, and mocked you. 17 Has not your forsaking Me brought these things upon you? Says the Lord your God. 18 And now what have you to do with the way of Egypt, to drink the water of Gihon? And what have you to do with the way of the Assyrians, to drink the water of rivers? 19 Your apostasy shall correct you, and your wickedness shall reprove you. Know then, and see, that your forsaking Me has been bitter to you, says the Lord your God; and I have taken no pleasure in you, says the Lord your God. 20 For of old you have broken your yoke, and plucked asunder your bands; and you have said, I will not serve You, but will go upon every high hill, and under every shady tree, there will I indulge in my fornication. 21 Yet I planted you a fruitful vine, entirely of the right sort-how are you a strange vine turned to bitterness! 22 Though you should wash yourself with lye, and use much soap, still you are stained by your iniquities before Me, says the Lord. 23 How will you say, I am not polluted, and have not gone after Baal? Behold your ways in the burial ground, and know what you have done: her voice has howled in the evening; 24 she has extended her ways over the waters of the desert; she was hurried along by the lusts of her soul; she is given up to them, who will turn her back? None that seek her shall be weary; at the time of her humiliation they shall find her. 25 Withdraw your foot from a rough way, and your throat from thirst: but she said I will strengthen myself-for she loved strangers, and went after them. 26 As is the shame of a thief when he is caught, so shall the children of Israel be ashamed; they, and their kings, and their princes, and their priests, and their prophets. 27 They said to a tree, You are my father; and to a stone, You have begotten me; and they have turned their backs to Me, and not their faces. Yet in the time of their afflictions they will say, Arise, and save us. 28 And where are your gods which you have made for yourself? Will they arise and save you in the time of your affliction? For according to the number of your cities were your gods, O Judah; and according to the number of the streets of Jerusalem they sacrificed to Baal. 29 Why do you speak unto Me? You all have been ungodly, and you all have transgressed against Me, says the Lord. 30 In vain have I smitten your children; you have not received correction. A sword has devoured your prophets as a destroying lion; yet you feared not. 31 Therefore hear the word of the Lord: thus says the Lord, Have I been a wilderness or a dry land to Israel? Why have My people said, We will not be ruled over, and will not come to You anymore? 32 Will a bride forget her attire, or a virgin her ornaments? But My people have forgotten Me days without number! 33 What fair device will you yet employ in your ways, so as to seek love? It shall not be so; moreover you have done wickedly in corrupting your ways; 34 and in your hands have been found the blood of innocent souls; I have not found them in holes, but on every oak. 35 Yet you said, I am innocent: only let His wrath be turned away from me. Behold, I will plead with you, in that you say, I have not sinned. 36 For you have been so exceedingly contemptuous as to repeat your ways; but you shall be ashamed of Egypt, as you were ashamed of Assyria. 37 For you shall go forth from here also with your hands upon your head; for the Lord has rejected your hope, and you shall not prosper in it.
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