Jeremiah 2


2:1 Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
2:2 Go, and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the
 LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of
 thy espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in
 a land [that was] not sown.
2:3 Israel [was] holiness to the LORD, [and] the first-fruits of
 his increase: all that devour him shall offend; evil shall come
 upon them, saith the LORD.
2:4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the
 families of the house of Israel:
2:5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found
 in me, that they have gone far from me, and have walked after
 vanity, and have become vain?
2:6 Neither said they, Where [is] the LORD that brought us out
 of the land of Egypt, that led us through the wilderness,
 through a land of deserts and of pits, through a land of
 drouth, and of the shades of death, through a land that no man
 passed through, and where no man dwelt?
2:7 And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit
 of it, and the goodness of it; but when ye entered, ye defiled
 my land, and made my heritage an abomination.
2:8 The priests said not, Where [is] the LORD? and they that
 handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed
 against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked
 after [things that] do not profit.
2:9 Wherefore I will yet plead with you, saith the LORD, and
 with your children's children will I plead.
2:10 For pass over the isles of Chittim, and see; and send to
 Kedar, and consider diligently, and see if there is such a
 thing.
2:11 Hath a nation changed [their] gods, which [are] yet no
 gods? but my people have changed their glory for [that which]
 doth not profit.
2:12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly
 afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the LORD.
2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken
 me the fountain of living waters, [and] hewed out for
 themselves cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.
2:14 [Is] Israel a servant? [is] he a home-born [slave]? why is
 he laid waste?
2:15 The young lions roared upon him, [and] yelled, and they
 made his land waste: his cities are burned without inhabitant.
2:16 Also the children of Noph and Tahapanes have broken the
 crown of thy head.
2:17 Hast thou not procured this to thyself in that thou hast
 forsaken the LORD thy God, when he led thee by the way?
2:18 And now what hast thou to do in the way of Egypt, to drink
 the waters of Sihor? or what hast thou to do in the way of
 Assyria, to drink the waters of the river?
2:19 Thy own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings
 shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that [it is] an evil
 [thing] and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the LORD thy God,
 and that my fear [is] not in thee, saith the Lord GOD of hosts.
2:20 For of old time I have broken thy yoke, [and] burst thy
 bands; and thou saidst, I will not transgress; when upon every
 high hill and under every green tree thou wanderest, playing
 the harlot.
2:21 Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly a right seed:
 how then art thou turned into the degenerate plant of a strange
 vine to me?
2:22 For though thou shalt wash thee with niter, and take thee
 much soap, [yet] thy iniquity is marked before me, saith the
 Lord GOD.
2:23 How canst thou say, I am not polluted, I have not gone
 after Baalim? see thy way in the valley, know what thou hast
 done: [thou art] a swift dromedary traversing her ways;
2:24 A wild ass used to the wilderness, [that] snuffeth up the
 wind at her pleasure; in her occasion who can turn her away?
 all they that seek her will not weary themselves; in her month
 they shall find her.
2:25 Withhold thy foot from being unshod, and thy throat from
 thirst: but thou saidst, There is no hope: no; for I have loved
 strangers, and after them will I go.
2:26 As the thief is ashamed when he is found, so is the house
 of Israel ashamed: they, their kings, their princes, and their
 priests, and their prophets,
2:27 Saying to a stock, Thou [art] my father; and to a stone,
 Thou hast brought me forth: for they have turned [their] back
 to me, and not [their] face: but in the time of their trouble
 they will say, Arise, and save us.
2:28 But where [are] thy gods that thou hast made for thyself?
 let them arise, if they can save thee in the time of thy
 trouble: for [according to] the number of thy cities are thy
 gods, O Judah.
2:29 Why will ye plead with me? ye all have transgressed against
 me, saith the LORD.
2:30 In vain have I smitten your children; they have received no
 correction: your own sword hath devoured your prophets, like a
 destroying lion.
2:31 O generation, see ye the word of the LORD. Have I been a
 wilderness to Israel? a land of darkness? why say my people, We
 are lords; we will come no more to thee?
2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, [or] a bride her attire?
 yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
2:33 Why trimmest thou thy way to seek love? therefore hast thou
 also taught the wicked ones thy ways.
2:34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the
 poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon
 all these.
2:35 Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger
 will turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou
 sayest, I have not sinned.
2:36 Why dost thou go about so much to change thy way? thou also
 shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria.
2:37 Yes, thou shalt go forth from him, and thy hands upon thy
 head: for the LORD hath rejected thy confidences, and thou
 shalt not prosper in them.
 
 

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