18 Now why go to Egypt(A)
    to drink water from the Nile[a]?(B)
And why go to Assyria(C)
    to drink water from the Euphrates?(D)
19 Your wickedness will punish you;
    your backsliding(E) will rebuke(F) you.
Consider then and realize
    how evil and bitter(G) it is for you
when you forsake(H) the Lord your God
    and have no awe(I) of me,”
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

20 “Long ago you broke off your yoke(J)
    and tore off your bonds;(K)
    you said, ‘I will not serve you!’(L)
Indeed, on every high hill(M)
    and under every spreading tree(N)
    you lay down as a prostitute.(O)

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Footnotes

  1. Jeremiah 2:18 Hebrew Shihor; that is, a branch of the Nile

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