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1 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying,
2 “Go and aproclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord,
The love of your betrothals,
cYour following after Me in the wilderness,
Through a land not sown.
3 “Israel was aholy to the Lord,
The bfirst of His harvest.
cAll who ate of it became guilty;
Evil came upon them,” declares the Lord.’ ”
“aWhat injustice did your fathers find in Me,
That they went far from Me
And walked after bemptiness and became empty?
Who abrought us up out of the land of Egypt,
Who bled us through the wilderness,
Through a land of deserts and of pits,
Through a land of drought and of 1deep darkness,
Through a land that no one crossed
And where no man dwelt?’
7 “I brought you into the afruitful land
To eat its fruit and its good things.
But you came and bdefiled My land,
And My inheritance you made an abomination.
8 “The apriests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’
And those who handle the law bdid not know Me;
The 1rulers also transgressed against Me,
And the cprophets prophesied by Baal
And walked after dthings that did not profit.
9 “Therefore I will yet acontend with you,” declares the Lord,
“And with your sons’ sons I will contend.
And send to bKedar and observe closely
And see if there has been such a thing as this!
When athey were not gods?
But My people have bchanged their glory
For that which does not profit.
12 “Be appalled, aO heavens, at this,
And shudder, be very desolate,” declares the Lord.
They have forsaken Me,
The afountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves bcisterns,
That can hold no water.
14 “Is Israel aa slave? Or is he a homeborn servant?
Why has he become a prey?
15 “The young alions have roared at him,
They have 1roared loudly.
And they have bmade his land a waste;
His cities have been destroyed, without inhabitant.
17 “Have you not adone this to yourself
By your forsaking the Lord your God
When He aled you in the way?
18 “But now what are you doing aon the road to Egypt,
Or what are you doing on the road to Assyria,
To drink the waters of the 2Euphrates?
19 “aYour own wickedness will correct you,
And your bapostasies will reprove you;
Know therefore and see that it is evil and cbitter
For you to forsake the Lord your God,
And tore off your bonds;
But you said, ‘I will not serve!’
For on every bhigh hill
And under every green tree
You have lain down as a harlot.
21 “Yet I aplanted you a choice vine,
A completely faithful seed.
How then have you turned yourself before Me
Into the bdegenerate shoots of a foreign vine?
22 “Although you awash yourself with lye
And 1use much soap,
23 “aHow can you say, ‘I am not defiled,
I have not gone after the bBaals’?
Look at your way in the cvalley!
Know what you have done!
You are a swift young camel dentangling her ways,
24 A awild donkey accustomed to the wilderness,
That sniffs the wind in her passion.
In the time of her 1heat who can turn her away?
All who seek her will not become weary;
In her month they will find her.
And your throat from thirst;
No! For I have bloved strangers,
And after them I will walk.’
26 “As the athief is shamed when he is discovered,
So the house of Israel is shamed;
They, their kings, their princes
And their priests and their prophets,
And to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’
For they have turned their aback to Me,
And not their face;
‘Arise and save us.’
28 “But where are your agods
Which you made for yourself?
Let them arise, if they can bsave you
In the time of your 1trouble;
For caccording to the number of your cities
Are your gods, O Judah.
You have aall transgressed against Me,” declares the Lord.
30 “aIn vain I have struck your sons;
They accepted no chastening.
Your bsword has devoured your prophets
Like a destroying lion.
Have I been a wilderness to Israel,
Or a aland of thick darkness?
Why do My people say, ‘bWe are free to roam;
We will no longer come to You’?
Or a bride her attire?
Yet My people have aforgotten Me
Days without number.
To seek love!
Therefore even 1the wicked women
You have taught your ways.
The alifeblood of the innocent poor;
You did not find them bbreaking in.
But in spite of all these things,
Surely His anger is turned away from me.’
Behold, I will aenter into judgment with you
Because you bsay, ‘I have not sinned.’
36 “Why do you ago around so much
Changing your way?
Also, byou will be put to shame by Egypt
As you were put to shame by cAssyria.
With ayour hands on your head;
For the Lord has rejected bthose in whom you trust,
And you will not prosper with them.”
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