Jeremiah 2

Judah’s Apostasy

1Now the word of the  Lord came to me saying, 2Go 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.
3Israel 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.’”

4Hear the word of the  Lord, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel. 5Thus 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?
6They 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 death
deep darkness,
Through a land that no one crossed
And where no man dwelt?’
7I 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 shepherds
rulers also transgressed against Me,
And the r  prophets prophesied by Baal
And walked after s  things that did not profit.

9Therefore 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 islands
Kittim and see,
And send to w  Kedar and observe closely
And see if there has been such a thing as this!
11Has a nation changed gods
When x  they were not gods?
But My people have y  changed their glory
For that which does not profit.
12Be appalled z  O heavens, at this,
And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the  Lord.
13For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The aa  fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves ab  cisterns,
Broken cisterns
That can hold no water.

14Is Israel ac  a slave? Or is he a homeborn servant?
Why has he become a prey?
15The young ad  lions have roared at him,
They have
Lit given their voice
roared loudly.
And they have af  made his land a waste;
His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.
16Also the
Or sons
men of ah  Memphis and Tahpanhes
Lit grazed
shaved 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?
18But 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 River
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  Lord
 God of hosts.

20For 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?
22Although you ba  wash yourself with lye
Lit cause to be great to you
use much soap,
The bc  stain of your iniquity is before Me,” declares the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
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,
24A bi  wild donkey accustomed to the wilderness,
That sniffs the wind in her passion.
In the time of her
Lit occasion
heat who can turn her away?
All who seek her will not become weary;
In her month they will find her.
25Keep your feet from being unshod
And your throat from thirst;
But you said, ‘ bk  It is
Or desperate
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,
27Who 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 evil
trouble they will say,
Arise and save us.’
28But 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 evil
For bu  according to the number of your cities
Are your gods, O Judah.

29Why 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.
31O 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’?
32Can a virgin forget her ornaments,
Or a bride her attire?
Yet My people have ca  forgotten Me
Days without number.
33How well you prepare your way
To seek love!
Therefore even
Or in wickedness
the wicked women
You have taught your ways.
34Also 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,
35Yet 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.’
36Why 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.
37From 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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