Judah’s Apostasy1 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying, 2 “Go and a proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord, “I remember concerning you the ▼
▼ Or lovingkindness, c devotion of your youth,
The love of your betrothals,
d Your following after Me in the wilderness,
Through a land not sown.
3 “Israel was e holy to the Lord,
The f first of His harvest.
g All 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, h “What injustice did your fathers find in Me,
That they went far from Me
And walked after i emptiness and became empty?
6 “They did not say, ‘Where is the Lord
Who j brought us up out of the land of Egypt,
Who k led us through the wilderness,
Through a land of deserts and of pits,
Through a land of drought and of ▼
▼ Or the shadow of deathdeep darkness,
Through a land that no one crossed
And where no man dwelt?’
7 “I brought you into the m fruitful land
To eat its fruit and its good things.
But you came and n defiled My land,
And My inheritance you made an abomination.
8 “The o priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’
And those who handle the law p did not know Me;
▼ Lit shepherdsrulers also transgressed against Me,
And the r prophets prophesied by Baal
And walked after s things that did not profit.
9 “Therefore I will yet t contend with you,” declares the Lord,
“And with your sons’ sons I will contend.
10 “For u cross to the coastlands of ▼
▼ I.e. Cyprus and other islandsKittim and see,
And send to w Kedar and observe closely
And see if there has been such a thing as this!
11 “Has a nation changed gods
When x they were not gods?
But My people have y changed their glory
For that which does not profit.
12 “Be appalled z O heavens, at this,
And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord.
13 “For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The aa fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves ab cisterns,
That can hold no water.
14 “Is Israel ac a slave? Or is he a homeborn servant?
Why has he become a prey?
15 “The young ad lions have roared at him,
They have ▼
▼ Lit given their voiceroared loudly.
And they have af made his land a waste;
His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.
16 “Also the ▼
▼ Or sonsmen of ah Memphis and Tahpanhes
▼ Lit grazedshaved the aj crown of your head.
17 “Have you not ak done this to yourself
By your forsaking the Lord your God
When He al led you in the way?
18 “But now what are you doing am on the road to Egypt,
To drink the waters of the ▼
▼ Heb Shihor, ao Nile?
Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria,
To drink the waters of the ▼
▼ Lit RiverEuphrates?
19 aq “Your own wickedness will correct you,
And your ar apostasies will reprove you;
Know therefore and see that it is evil and as bitter
For you to forsake the Lord your God,
And at the dread of Me is not in you,” declares the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod of hosts.
20 “For long ago ▼
▼ Or you, aw I broke your yoke
And tore off your bonds;
But you said, ‘I will not serve!’
For on every ax high hill
And under every green tree
You have lain down as a harlot.
21 “Yet I ay planted you a choice vine,
A completely faithful seed.
How then have you turned yourself before Me
Into the az degenerate shoots of a foreign vine?
22 “Although you ba wash yourself with lye
▼ Lit cause to be great to youuse much soap,
The bc stain of your iniquity is before Me,” declares the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod.
23 be “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled,
I have not gone after the bf Baals’?
Look at your way in the bg valley!
Know what you have done!
You are a swift young camel bh entangling her ways,
24 A bi wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness,
That sniffs the wind in her passion.
In the time of her ▼
▼ Lit occasionheat 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, ‘ bk It is ▼
▼ Or desperatehopeless!
No! For I have bm loved strangers,
And after them I will walk.’
26 “As the bn thief 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 bo back to Me,
And not their face;
But in the bp time of their ▼
▼ Or eviltrouble they will say,
‘Arise and save us.’
28 “But where are your br gods
Which you made for yourself?
Let them arise, if they can bs save you
In the time of your ▼
▼ Or eviltrouble;
For bu according to the number of your cities
Are your gods, O Judah.
29 “Why do you contend with Me?
You have bv all transgressed against Me,” declares the Lord.
30 bw “In vain I have struck your sons;
They accepted no chastening.
Your bx sword 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 by land of thick darkness?
Why do My people say, ‘ bz We 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 ca forgotten Me
Days without number.
33 “How well you prepare your way
To seek love!
Therefore even ▼
▼ Or in wickednessthe wicked women
You have taught your ways.
34 “Also on your skirts is found
The cc lifeblood of the innocent poor;
You did not find them cd breaking 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 ce enter into judgment with you
Because you cf say, ‘I have not sinned.’
36 “Why do you cg go around so much
Changing your way?
Also ch you will be put to shame by Egypt
As you were put to shame by ci Assyria.
37 “From this place also you will go out
With cj your hands on your head;
For the Lord has rejected ck those in whom you trust,
And you will not prosper with them.”
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