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Jeremiah 2 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Israel Forsakes the Lord

Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:1 - The word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:2 - “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem, Thus says the LORD,
“I remember the devotion of your youth,
your love as a bride,
how you followed me in the wilderness,
in a land not sown.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:3 - Israel was holy to the LORD,
the firstfruits of his harvest.
All who ate of it incurred guilt;
disaster came upon them,
declares the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:4 - Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the clans of the house of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:5 - Thus says the LORD:
“What wrong did your fathers find in me
that they went far from me,
and went after worthlessness, and became worthless?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:6 - They did not say, ‘Where is the LORD
who brought us up from the land of Egypt,
who led us in the wilderness,
in a land of deserts and pits,
in a land of drought and deep darkness,
in a land that none passes through,
where no man dwells?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:7 - And I brought you into a plentiful land
to enjoy its fruits and its good things.
But when you came in, you defiled my land
and made my heritage an abomination.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:8 - The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’
Those who handle the law did not know me;
the shepherds[fn] transgressed against me;
the prophets prophesied by Baal
and went after things that do not profit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:9 - “Therefore I still contend with you,
declares the LORD,
and with your children’s children I will contend.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:10 - For cross to the coasts of Cyprus and see,
or send to Kedar and examine with care;
see if there has been such a thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:11 - Has a nation changed its gods,
even though they are no gods?
But my people have changed their glory
for that which does not profit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:12 - Be appalled, O heavens, at this;
be shocked, be utterly desolate,
declares the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:13 - for my people have committed two evils:
they have forsaken me,
the fountain of living waters,
and hewed out cisterns for themselves,
broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:14 - “Is Israel a slave? Is he a homeborn servant?
Why then has he become a prey?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:15 - The lions have roared against him;
they have roared loudly.
They have made his land a waste;
his cities are in ruins, without inhabitant.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:16 - Moreover, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes
have shaved[fn] the crown of your head.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:17 - Have you not brought this upon yourself
by forsaking the LORD your God,
when he led you in the way?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:18 - And now what do you gain by going to Egypt
to drink the waters of the Nile?
Or what do you gain by going to Assyria
to drink the waters of the Euphrates?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:19 - Your evil will chastise you,
and your apostasy will reprove you.
Know and see that it is evil and bitter
for you to forsake the LORD your God;
the fear of me is not in you,
declares the Lord GOD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:20 - “For long ago I broke your yoke
and burst your bonds;
but you said, ‘I will not serve.’
Yes, on every high hill
and under every green tree
you bowed down like a whore.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:21 - Yet I planted you a choice vine,
wholly of pure seed.
How then have you turned degenerate
and become a wild vine?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:22 - Though you wash yourself with lye
and use much soap,
the stain of your guilt is still before me,
declares the Lord GOD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:23 - How can you say, ‘I am not unclean,
I have not gone after the Baals’?
Look at your way in the valley;
know what you have done—
a restless young camel running here and there,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:24 - a wild donkey used to the wilderness,
in her heat sniffing the wind!
Who can restrain her lust?
None who seek her need weary themselves;
in her month they will find her.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:25 - Keep your feet from going unshod
and your throat from thirst.
But you said, ‘It is hopeless,
for I have loved foreigners,
and after them I will go.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:26 - “As a thief is shamed when caught,
so the house of Israel shall be shamed:
they, their kings, their officials,
their priests, and their prophets,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:27 - who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’
and to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’
For they have turned their back to me,
and not their face.
But in the time of their trouble they say,
‘Arise and save us!’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:28 - But where are your gods
that you made for yourself?
Let them arise, if they can save you,
in your time of trouble;
for as many as your cities
are your gods, O Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:29 - “Why do you contend with me?
You have all transgressed against me,
declares the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:30 - In vain have I struck your children;
they took no correction;
your own sword devoured your prophets
like a ravening lion.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:31 - And you, O generation, behold the word of the LORD.
Have I been a wilderness to Israel,
or a land of thick darkness?
Why then do my people say, ‘We are free,
we will come no more to you’?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:32 - Can a virgin forget her ornaments,
or a bride her attire?
Yet my people have forgotten me
days without number.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:33 - “How well you direct your course
to seek love!
So that even to wicked women
you have taught your ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:34 - Also on your skirts is found
the lifeblood of the guiltless poor;
you did not find them breaking in.
Yet in spite of all these things
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:35 - you say, ‘I am innocent;
surely his anger has turned from me.’
Behold, I will bring you to judgment
for saying, ‘I have not sinned.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:36 - How much you go about,
changing your way!
You shall be put to shame by Egypt
as you were put to shame by Assyria.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:37 - From it too you will come away
with your hands on your head,
for the LORD has rejected those in whom you trust,
and you will not prosper by them.
ESV Footnotes
Or rulers
Hebrew grazed
Hebrew the River

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