Jeremiah 3-5New King James Version (NKJV)
Israel Is Shameless
3 “They say, ‘If a man divorces his wife,
2 “Lift up your eyes to the desolate heights and see:
A Call to Repentance
6 The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. 7 And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. 9 So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.
11 Then the Lord said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say:
‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says the Lord;
14 “Return, O backsliding children,” says the Lord; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 “Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says the Lord, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.
17 “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.
18 “In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.
19 “But I said:
‘How can I put you among the children
“And I said:
‘You shall call Me, “My Father,”
21 A voice was heard on the desolate heights,
22 “Return, you backsliding children,
“Indeed we do come to You,
4 “If you will return, O Israel,” says the Lord,
3 For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Break up your fallow ground,
An Imminent Invasion
5 Declare in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem, and say:
“Blow the trumpet in the land;
9 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord,
10 Then I said, “Ah, Lord God!
11 At that time it will be said
13 “Behold, he shall come up like clouds,
14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness,
Sorrow for the Doomed Nation
19 O my soul, my soul!
22 “For My people are foolish,
23 I beheld the earth, and indeed it was without form, and void;
27 For thus says the Lord:
“The whole land shall be desolate;
30 “And when you are plundered,
31 “For I have heard a voice as of a woman in labor,
The Justice of God’s Judgment
5 “Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem;
3 O Lord, are not Your eyes on the truth?
4 Therefore I said, “Surely these are poor.
But these have altogether broken the yoke
7 “How shall I pardon you for this?
10 “Go up on her walls and destroy,
12 They have lied about the Lord,
14 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts:
“Because you speak this word,
18 “Nevertheless in those days,” says the Lord, “I will not make a complete end of you. 19 And it will be when you say, ‘Why does the Lord our God do all these things to us?’ then you shall answer them, ‘Just as you have forsaken Me and served foreign gods in your land, so you shall serve aliens in a land that is not yours.’
20 “Declare this in the house of Jacob
26 ‘For among My people are found wicked men;
30 “An astonishing and horrible thing
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