For ashe is not My wife, nor am I her Husband!
Let her put away her bharlotries from her sight,
And her adulteries from between her breasts;
3 Lest cI strip her naked
And expose her, as in the day she was dborn,
And make her like a wilderness,
And set her like a dry land,
And slay her with ethirst.
For they are the fchildren of harlotry.
She who conceived them has behaved shamefully.
For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,
gWho give me my bread and my water,
My wool and my linen,
My oil and my drink.’
hI will hedge up your way with thorns,
And 5wall her in,
So that she cannot find her paths.
7 She will 6chase her lovers,
But not overtake them;
Yes, she will seek them, but not find them.
Then she will say,
For then it was better for me than now.’
8 For she did not kknow
That I gave her grain, new wine, and oil,
And multiplied her silver and gold—
Which they prepared for Baal.
My grain in its time
And My new wine in its season,
And will take back My wool and My linen,
Given to cover her nakedness.
10 Now lI will uncover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers,
And no one shall deliver her from My hand.
11 mI will also cause all her mirth to cease,
Her feast days,
Her New Moons,
All her appointed feasts.
Of which she has said,
‘These are my wages that my lovers have given me.’
So I will make them a forest,
And the beasts of the field shall eat them.
For the days of the Baals to which she burned incense.
She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry,
And went after her lovers;
But Me she forgot,” says the Lord.
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