New International Version
20 “Long ago you broke off your yoke(A)
and tore off your bonds;(B)
you said, ‘I will not serve you!’(C)
Indeed, on every high hill(D)
and under every spreading tree(E)
you lay down as a prostitute.(F)
21 I had planted(G) you like a choice vine(H)
of sound and reliable stock.
How then did you turn against me
into a corrupt,(I) wild vine?
22 Although you wash(J) yourself with soap(K)
and use an abundance of cleansing powder,
the stain of your guilt is still before me,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.(L)
23 “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled;(M)
I have not run after the Baals’?(N)
See how you behaved in the valley;(O)
consider what you have done.
You are a swift she-camel
running(P) here and there,
24 a wild donkey(Q) accustomed to the desert,(R)
sniffing the wind in her craving—
in her heat who can restrain her?
Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves;
at mating time they will find her.
25 Do not run until your feet are bare
and your throat is dry.
But you said, ‘It’s no use!(S)
I love foreign gods,(T)
and I must go after them.’(U)