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Jeremiah 3 Names of God Bible (NOG)

A saying:

If a man divorces his wife
    and she leaves him and marries another man,
        her first husband shouldn’t go back to her again.
            The land would become thoroughly polluted.
    “You have acted like a prostitute who has many lovers.
    And now you want to come back to me!” declares Yahweh.

“Look at the bare hills, and see.
    You have had sex with men in every place.
    You sat by the roadside waiting for them like a nomad in the desert.
    You have polluted the land with your prostitution and wickedness.
So the rain has been withheld, and there have been no spring showers.
    Yet, you have the shameless look of a prostitute,
    and you refuse to blush.
But now you are calling to me.
    You say, ‘Ab! You have been my companion
        ever since I was young.
            He won’t hold a grudge forever.
            He won’t always be angry.’
    You have said and done all the evil things that you could.”

The Lord Offers to Forgive the Ten Tribes of Israel Despite Their Idolatry

When Josiah was king, Yahweh asked me, “Did you see what unfaithful Israel did? She went up every high mountain and under every large tree, and she acted like a prostitute there. I thought that after she had done all this that she would come back to me. But she didn’t come back, and her treacherous sister Judah saw her. Judah saw that I sent unfaithful Israel away because of her adultery and that I gave Israel her divorce papers. But treacherous Judah, her sister, wasn’t afraid. She also acted like a prostitute. Because she wasn’t concerned about acting like a prostitute, she polluted the land and committed adultery with standing stones and wood pillars. 10 Even after all this, Israel’s treacherous sister Judah didn’t wholeheartedly come back to me. She was deceitful,” declares Yahweh.

11 Then Yahweh said to me, “Unfaithful Israel was less guilty than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these things to the north:

“‘Come back, unfaithful Israel.
    It is Yahweh speaking.
        I will no longer frown on you
            because I’m merciful,’ declares Yahweh.
        ‘I will no longer be angry with you.
13 Admit that you’ve done wrong!
    You have rebelled against Yahweh your Elohim.
    You have given yourself to strangers under every large tree.
    You have not obeyed me,’ declares Yahweh.

14 “Come back, you rebellious people,” declares Yahweh. “I’m your husband. I will take you, one from every city and two from every family, and bring you to Zion. 15 I will give you shepherds after my own heart. They will be shepherds who feed you with knowledge and insight. 16 In those days you will be fertile, and your population will increase in the land,” declares Yahweh. “People will no longer talk about the ark of Yahweh’s promise. It will no longer come to mind. They won’t remember it, miss it, or make another one. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem the throne of Yahweh. All nations will gather in Jerusalem because the name of Yahweh will be found there. They will no longer follow their own stubborn, evil ways. 18 In those days the nation of Judah will live with the nation of Israel. They will come together from the land of the north to the land that I gave their ancestors as their own property.

19 “I wanted to treat you like children
    and give you a pleasant land,
        the most beautiful property among the nations.
    I thought that you would call me Ab and wouldn’t turn away from me.
20 But like a wife who betrays her husband,
    so you, nation of Israel, betrayed me,” declares Yahweh.

21 The sound of crying is heard on the hills.
    It is the crying and the pleading of the people of Israel.
        They have become crooked
            and have forgotten Yahweh their Elohim.
22 “Come back, you rebellious people,
    and I will forgive you for being unfaithful.”

Here we are!
    We have come to you because you are Yahweh our Elohim.
23 Truly, the noise from the hills, from the mountains,
    is the noise of false worship.
    Truly, Yahweh our Elohim will rescue us.
24 Ever since we were young,
    the shameful worship of Baal
        has taken everything our ancestors worked for,
            their flocks and herds, their sons and daughters.
25 We must lie down in our shame
    and be covered by our disgrace.
    Ever since we were young, we and our ancestors have sinned
    against Yahweh our Elohim.
        We haven’t obeyed Yahweh our Elohim.

Names of God Bible (NOG)

The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

Jeremiah 3 New International Version (NIV)

“If a man divorces his wife
    and she leaves him and marries another man,
should he return to her again?
    Would not the land be completely defiled?
But you have lived as a prostitute with many lovers
    would you now return to me?”
declares the Lord.
“Look up to the barren heights and see.
    Is there any place where you have not been ravished?
By the roadside you sat waiting for lovers,
    sat like a nomad in the desert.
You have defiled the land
    with your prostitution and wickedness.
Therefore the showers have been withheld,
    and no spring rains have fallen.
Yet you have the brazen look of a prostitute;
    you refuse to blush with shame.
Have you not just called to me:
    ‘My Father, my friend from my youth,
will you always be angry?
    Will your wrath continue forever?’
This is how you talk,
    but you do all the evil you can.”

Unfaithful Israel

During the reign of King Josiah, the Lord said to me, “Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there. I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it. I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood. 10 In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the Lord.

11 The Lord said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah. 12 Go, proclaim this message toward the north:

“‘Return, faithless Israel,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘I will frown on you no longer,
for I am faithful,’ declares the Lord,
    ‘I will not be angry forever.
13 Only acknowledge your guilt—
    you have rebelled against the Lord your God,
you have scattered your favors to foreign gods
    under every spreading tree,
    and have not obeyed me,’”
declares the Lord.

14 “Return, faithless people,” declares the Lord, “for I am your husband. I will choose you—one from a town and two from a clan—and bring you to Zion. 15 Then I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will lead you with knowledge and understanding. 16 In those days, when your numbers have increased greatly in the land,” declares the Lord, “people will no longer say, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It will never enter their minds or be remembered; it will not be missed, nor will another one be made. 17 At that time they will call Jerusalem The Throne of the Lord, and all nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord. No longer will they follow the stubbornness of their evil hearts. 18 In those days the people of Judah will join the people of Israel, and together they will come from a northern land to the land I gave your ancestors as an inheritance.

19 “I myself said,

“‘How gladly would I treat you like my children
    and give you a pleasant land,
    the most beautiful inheritance of any nation.’
I thought you would call me ‘Father’
    and not turn away from following me.
20 But like a woman unfaithful to her husband,
    so you, Israel, have been unfaithful to me,”
declares the Lord.

21 A cry is heard on the barren heights,
    the weeping and pleading of the people of Israel,
because they have perverted their ways
    and have forgotten the Lord their God.

22 “Return, faithless people;
    I will cure you of backsliding.”

“Yes, we will come to you,
    for you are the Lord our God.
23 Surely the idolatrous commotion on the hills
    and mountains is a deception;
surely in the Lord our God
    is the salvation of Israel.
24 From our youth shameful gods have consumed
    the fruits of our ancestors’ labor—
their flocks and herds,
    their sons and daughters.
25 Let us lie down in our shame,
    and let our disgrace cover us.
We have sinned against the Lord our God,
    both we and our ancestors;
from our youth till this day
    we have not obeyed the Lord our God.”

New International Version (NIV)

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