19 “‘I said,
    How I would set you among my sons,
and give you a pleasant land,
    a heritage most beautiful of all nations.
And I thought you would (A)call me, My Father,
    and would not turn from following me.
20 (B)Surely, as a treacherous wife leaves her husband,
    so have you been treacherous to me, O house of Israel,
declares the Lord.’”

21 A voice on the (C)bare heights is heard,
    (D)the weeping and pleading of Israel's sons
because they have perverted their way;
    they have forgotten the Lord their God.
22 (E)“Return, O faithless sons;
    (F)I will heal your faithlessness.”
“Behold, we come to you,
    for you are the Lord our God.
23 Truly (G)the hills are a delusion,
    the orgies[a] on the mountains.
(H)Truly in the Lord our God
    is the salvation of Israel.

24 “But from our youth the shameful thing has devoured all for which our fathers labored, their flocks and their herds, their sons and their daughters. 25 (I)Let us lie down in our shame, and let our dishonor cover us. For (J)we have sinned against the Lord our God, we and our fathers, from our youth even to this day, and we have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God.”

“If you return, O Israel,
declares the Lord,
    (K)to me you should return.
If you remove your detestable things from my presence,
    (L)and do not waver,
(M)and if you swear, ‘As the Lord lives,’
    in truth, in justice, and in righteousness,
then (N)nations shall bless themselves in him,
    (O)and in him shall they glory.”

For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:

(P)“Break up your fallow ground,
    and (Q)sow not among thorns.
(R)Circumcise yourselves to the Lord;
    remove the foreskin of your hearts,
    O men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem;
(S)lest my wrath go forth like fire,
    and burn with none to quench it,
    (T)because of the evil of your deeds.”

Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 3:23 Hebrew commotion

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