12 But they will reply, ‘It’s no use.(A) We will continue with our own plans; we will all follow the stubbornness of our evil hearts.(B)’”

13 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

“Inquire among the nations:
    Who has ever heard anything like this?(C)
A most horrible(D) thing has been done
    by Virgin(E) Israel.
14 Does the snow of Lebanon
    ever vanish from its rocky slopes?
Do its cool waters from distant sources
    ever stop flowing?[a]
15 Yet my people have forgotten(F) me;
    they burn incense(G) to worthless idols,(H)
which made them stumble(I) in their ways,
    in the ancient paths.(J)
They made them walk in byways,
    on roads not built up.(K)
16 Their land will be an object of horror(L)
    and of lasting scorn;(M)
all who pass by will be appalled(N)
    and will shake their heads.(O)
17 Like a wind(P) from the east,
    I will scatter them before their enemies;
I will show them my back and not my face(Q)
    in the day of their disaster.”

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  1. Jeremiah 18:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this sentence is uncertain.

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