18 Now why go to Egypt
    to drink water from the Nile?[a]
And why go to Assyria
    to drink water from the Euphrates?
19 Your wickedness will punish you;
    your backsliding will rebuke you.
Consider then and realise
    how evil and bitter it is for you
when you forsake the Lord your God
    and have no awe of me,’
declares the Lord,
the Lord Almighty.

20 ‘Long ago you broke off your yoke
    and tore off your bonds;
    you said, “I will not serve you!”
Indeed, on every high hill
    and under every spreading tree
    you lay down as a prostitute.

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