Jeremiah 3

The Polluted Land

1 God
Lit saying
says b  If a husband divorces his wife
And she goes from him
And belongs to another man,
Will he still return to her?
Will not that land be completely
Or alienated
But you d  are a harlot with many
Lit companions
Yet you f  turn to Me,” declares the  Lord.
2Lift up your eyes to the g  bare heights and see;
Where have you not been violated?
By the roads you have h  sat for them
Like an Arab in the desert,
And you have i  polluted a land
With your harlotry and with your wickedness.
3“Therefore the j  showers have been withheld,
And there has been no spring rain.
Yet you had a k  harlot’s forehead;
You refused to be ashamed.
4Have you not just now called to Me,
l  My Father, You are the
Lit leader
n  friend of my o  youth?
5p  Will He be angry forever?
Will He
Lit keep it
be indignant to the end?’
Behold, you have spoken
And have done evil things,
And you have
Lit been able
had your way.”

Faithless Israel

6Then the  Lord said to me in the days of Josiah the king, “Have you seen what faithless Israel did? She s  went up on every high hill and under every green tree, and she was a harlot there. 7 t  “I
Lit said
thought, ‘After she has done all these things she will return to Me’; but she did not return, and her v  treacherous sister Judah saw it.
8And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and w  given her a writ of divorce, yet her x  treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also. 9Because of the lightness of her harlotry, she y  polluted the land and committed adultery with z  stones and trees. 10Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in aa  deception,” declares the  Lord.

God Invites Repentance

11And the  Lord said to me, ab  Faithless Israel has proved herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12Go and proclaim these words toward the north and say, ac  Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the  Lord;
ad  I will not
Lit cause My countenance to fall
look upon you in anger.
For I am af  gracious,’ declares the  Lord;
I will not be angry forever.
Lit know
ah  acknowledge your iniquity,
That you have transgressed against the  Lord your God
And have ai  scattered your
Lit ways
favors to the strangers ak  under every green tree,
And you have not obeyed My voice,’ declares the  Lord.
14Return, O faithless sons,’ declares the  Lord;
‘For I am a al  master to you,
And I will take you one from a city and two from a family,
And am  I will bring you to Zion.’

15Then I will give you an  shepherds after My own heart, who will ao  feed you on knowledge and understanding. 16It shall be in those days when you are multiplied and increased in the land,” declares the  Lord, “they will ap  no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the  Lord.’ And it will not come to mind, nor will they remember it, nor will they miss it, nor will it be made again. 17At that time they will call Jerusalem ‘The aq  Throne of the  Lord,’ and ar  all the nations will be gathered to it, to Jerusalem, for the as  name of the  Lord; nor will they at  walk anymore after the stubbornness of their evil heart. 18 au  In those days the house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, and they will come together av  from the land of the north to the aw  land that I gave your fathers as an inheritance.

19Then I said, How I would set you among
Lit the
My sons
And give you a pleasant land,
The most ay  beautiful inheritance of the nations!’
And I said, ‘You shall call Me, az  My Father,
And not turn away from following Me.’
20Surely, as a woman treacherously departs from her
Or companion
So you have bb  dealt treacherously with Me,
O house of Israel,” declares the  Lord.

21A voice is heard on the bc  bare heights,
The weeping and the supplications of the sons of Israel;
Because they have perverted their way,
They have bd  forgotten the  Lord their God.
22Return, O faithless sons,
be  I will heal your faithlessness.”
Behold, we come to You;
For You are the  Lord our God.
23Surely bf  the hills are a deception,
A tumult on the mountains.
Surely in the bg   Lord our God
Is the salvation of Israel.

24“But bh  the shameful thing has consumed the labor of our fathers since our youth, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 25Let us lie down in our bi  shame, and let our humiliation cover us; for we have sinned against the  Lord our God, we and our fathers, bj  from our youth even to this day. And we have not obeyed the voice of the  Lord our God.”
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