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18 It did not help to go to Egypt
    and drink from the Shihor River.
It did not help to go to Assyria
    and drink from the Euphrates River.
19 Your evil will bring punishment to you.
    The wrong you have done will teach you a lesson.
Think about it and understand.
It is a terrible evil to turn away from the Lord your God.
    It is wrong not to fear me,”
    says the Lord, the Lord of heaven’s armies.

20 “A long time ago you refused to obey me as an ox breaks its yoke.
    You broke the ropes I used to hold you to me.
    You said to me, ‘I will not serve you!’
In fact, on every high hill
    and under every green tree
    you lay down as a prostitute.

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