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Jeremiah 2 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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God’s Case Against Israel
Israel’s Sufferings the Result of Sin
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:1 - Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:2 - “Go and cry in the hearing of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the LORD:

“I remember you,
The kindness of your youth,
The love of your betrothal,
When you went after Me in the wilderness,
In a land not sown.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:3 - Israel was holiness to the LORD,
The firstfruits of His increase.
All that devour him will offend;
Disaster will come upon them,” says the LORD.’ ”
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:4 - Hear the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob and all the families of the house of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:5 - Thus says the LORD:

“What injustice have your fathers found in Me,
That they have gone far from Me,
Have followed idols,
And have become idolaters?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:6 - Neither did they say, ‘Where is the LORD,
Who brought us up out of the land of Egypt,
Who led us through the 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?’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:7 - I brought you into a bountiful country,
To eat its fruit and its goodness.
But when you entered, you defiled My land
And made My heritage an abomination.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:8 - The priests did not say, ‘Where is the LORD?’
And those who handle the law did not know Me;
The rulers also transgressed against Me;
The prophets prophesied by Baal,
And walked after things that do not profit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:9 - “Therefore I will yet bring charges against you,” says the LORD,
“And against your children’s children I will bring charges.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:10 - For pass beyond the coasts of Cyprus[fn] and see,
Send to Kedar[fn] and consider diligently,
And see if there has been such a thing.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:11 - Has a nation changed its gods,
Which are not gods?
But My people have changed their Glory
For what does not profit.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:12 - Be astonished, O heavens, at this,
And be horribly afraid;
Be very desolate,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:13 - “For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters,
And hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:14 - Is Israel a servant?
Is he a homeborn slave?
Why is he plundered?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:15 - The young lions roared at him, and growled;
They made his land waste;
His cities are burned, without inhabitant.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:16 - Also the people of Noph[fn] and Tahpanhes
Have broken the crown of your head.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:17 - Have you not brought this on yourself,
In that you have forsaken the LORD your God
When He led you in the way?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:18 - And now why take the road to Egypt,
To drink the waters of Sihor?
Or why take the road to Assyria,
To drink the waters of the River?[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:19 - Your own wickedness will correct 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 fear of Me is not in you,”
Says the Lord GOD of hosts.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:20 - “For of old I have broken your yoke and burst your bonds;
And you said, ‘I will not transgress,’
When on every high hill and under every green tree
You lay down, playing the harlot.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:21 - Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality.
How then have you turned before Me
Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:22 - For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap,
Yet your iniquity is marked before Me,” says the Lord GOD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:23 - “How can you say, ‘I am not polluted,
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,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:24 - A wild donkey used to the wilderness,
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.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:25 - Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst.
But you said, ‘There is no hope.
No! For I have loved aliens, and after them I will go.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:26 - “As the thief is ashamed when he is found out,
So is the house of Israel ashamed;
They and their kings and their princes, and their priests and their prophets,
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:27 - Saying to a tree, ‘You are my father,’
And to a stone, ‘You gave birth to me.’
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.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:28 - But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves?
Let them arise,
If they can save you in the time of your trouble;
For according to the number of your cities
Are your gods, O Judah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:29 - “Why will you plead with Me?
You all have transgressed against Me,” says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:30 - “In vain I have chastened your children;
They received no correction.
Your sword has devoured your prophets
Like a destroying lion.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:31 - “O generation, see the word of the LORD!
Have I been a wilderness to Israel,
Or a land of darkness?
Why do My people say, ‘We are lords;
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 - “Why do you beautify your way to seek love?
Therefore you have also taught
The wicked women your ways.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:34 - Also on your skirts is found
The blood of the lives of the poor innocents.
I have not found it by secret search,
But plainly on all these things.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:35 - Yet you say, ‘Because I am innocent,
Surely His anger shall turn from me.’
Behold, I will plead My case against you,
Because you say, ‘I have not sinned.’
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:36 - Why do you gad about so much to change your way?
Also you shall be ashamed of Egypt as you were ashamed of Assyria.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 2:37 - Indeed you will go forth from him
With your hands on your head;
For the LORD has rejected your trusted allies,
And you will not prosper by them.
NKJV Footnotes
Hebrew Kittim, western lands, especially Cyprus
In the northern Arabian desert, representative of the eastern cultures
That is, Memphis in ancient Egypt
That is, the Euphrates

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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