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“I remember you,
The kindness of your ayouth,
The love of your betrothal,
In a land not sown.
3 cIsrael was holiness to the Lord,
dThe firstfruits of His increase.
eAll that devour him will offend;
Disaster will fcome upon them,” says the Lord.’ ”
g“What injustice have your fathers found in Me,
That they have gone far from Me,
And have become idolaters?
Who ibrought us up out of the land of Egypt,
Who led us through jthe wilderness,
Through a land of deserts and pits,
Through a land of drought and the shadow of death,
Through a land that no one crossed
And where no one dwelt?’
7 I brought you into ka bountiful country,
To eat its fruit and its goodness.
But when you entered, you ldefiled My land
And made My heritage an abomination.
And those who handle the mlaw did not know Me;
The rulers also transgressed against Me;
nThe prophets prophesied by Baal,
And walked after things that do not profit.
“And against your children’s children I will bring charges.
10 For pass beyond the coasts of 4Cyprus and see,
Send to 5Kedar and consider diligently,
And see if there has been such a pthing.
11 qHas a nation changed its gods,
Which are rnot gods?
sBut My people have changed their Glory
For what does not profit.
And be horribly afraid;
Be very desolate,” says the Lord.
They have forsaken Me, the tfountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.
14 “Is Israel ua servant?
Is he a homeborn slave?
Why is he plundered?
15 vThe young lions roared at him, and growled;
They made his land waste;
His cities are burned, without inhabitant.
Have 7broken the crown of your head.
17 xHave you not brought this on yourself,
In that you have forsaken the Lord your God
When yHe led you in the way?
18 And now why take zthe road to Egypt,
To drink the waters of aSihor?
Or why take the road to bAssyria,
To drink the waters of 8the River?
19 Your own wickedness will ccorrect you,
And your backslidings will rebuke you.
Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing
That you have forsaken the Lord your God,
And the 9fear of Me is not in you,”
Says the Lord God of hosts.
20 “For of old I have dbroken your yoke and burst your bonds;
When fon every high hill and under every green tree
You lay down, gplaying the harlot.
21 Yet I had hplanted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality.
How then have you turned before Me
Into ithe degenerate plant of an alien vine?
I have not gone after the Baals’?
See your way in the valley;
Know what you have done:
You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,
That sniffs at the wind in her desire;
In her time of mating, who can turn her away?
All those who seek her will not weary themselves;
In her month they will find her.
But you said, l‘There is no hope.
No! For I have loved maliens, and after them I will go.’
So is the house of Israel ashamed;
They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their nprophets,
And to a ostone, ‘You gave birth to me.’
For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face.
But in the time of their ptrouble
They will say, ‘Arise and save us.’
28 But qwhere are your gods that you have made for yourselves?
Let them arise,
For saccording to the number of your cities
Are your gods, O Judah.
You all have transgressed against Me,” says the Lord.
30 “In vain I have tchastened your children;
They ureceived no correction.
Your sword has vdevoured your prophets
Like a destroying lion.
Have I been a wilderness to Israel,
Or a land of darkness?
Why do My people say, ‘We 5are lords;
wWe will come no more to You’?
Or a bride her attire?
Yet My people xhave forgotten Me days without number.
Therefore you have also taught
The wicked women your ways.
yThe blood of the lives of the poor innocents.
I have not found it by 6secret search,
But plainly on all these things.
35 zYet you say, ‘Because I am innocent,
Surely His anger shall turn from me.’
Behold, aI will plead My case against you,
bBecause you say, ‘I have not sinned.’
36 cWhy do you gad about so much to change your way?
With your hands on fyour head;
For the Lord has rejected your trusted allies,
And you will gnot prosper by them.
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