Hear the word of the Lord, you descendants of Jacob,
    all you clans of Israel.

This is what the Lord says:

“What fault did your ancestors find in me,
    that they strayed so far from me?
They followed worthless idols(A)
    and became worthless(B) themselves.
They did not ask, ‘Where is the Lord,
    who brought us up out of Egypt(C)
and led us through the barren wilderness,
    through a land of deserts(D) and ravines,(E)
a land of drought and utter darkness,
    a land where no one travels(F) and no one lives?’
I brought you into a fertile land
    to eat its fruit and rich produce.(G)
But you came and defiled my land
    and made my inheritance detestable.(H)
The priests did not ask,
    ‘Where is the Lord?’
Those who deal with the law did not know me;(I)
    the leaders(J) rebelled against me.
The prophets prophesied by Baal,(K)
    following worthless idols.(L)

“Therefore I bring charges(M) against you again,”
declares the Lord.
    “And I will bring charges against your children’s children.
10 Cross over to the coasts of Cyprus(N) and look,
    send to Kedar[a](O) and observe closely;
    see if there has ever been anything like this:
11 Has a nation ever changed its gods?
    (Yet they are not gods(P) at all.)
But my people have exchanged their glorious(Q) God
    for worthless idols.
12 Be appalled at this, you heavens,
    and shudder with great horror,”
declares the Lord.
13 “My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken(R) me,
    the spring of living water,(S)
and have dug their own cisterns,
    broken cisterns that cannot hold water.
14 Is Israel a servant, a slave(T) by birth?
    Why then has he become plunder?
15 Lions(U) have roared;
    they have growled at him.
They have laid waste(V) his land;
    his towns are burned(W) and deserted.(X)
16 Also, the men of Memphis(Y) and Tahpanhes(Z)
    have cracked your skull.
17 Have you not brought this on yourselves(AA)
    by forsaking(AB) the Lord your God
    when he led you in the way?
18 Now why go to Egypt(AC)
    to drink water from the Nile[b]?(AD)
And why go to Assyria(AE)
    to drink water from the Euphrates?(AF)
19 Your wickedness will punish you;
    your backsliding(AG) will rebuke(AH) you.
Consider then and realize
    how evil and bitter(AI) it is for you
when you forsake(AJ) the Lord your God
    and have no awe(AK) of me,”
declares the Lord, the Lord Almighty.

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  1. Jeremiah 2:10 In the Syro-Arabian desert
  2. Jeremiah 2:18 Hebrew Shihor; that is, a branch of the Nile

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