20 “For of old I have (A)broken your yoke and burst your bonds;
And (B)you said, ‘I will not [a]transgress,’
When (C)on every high hill and under every green tree
You lay down, (D)playing the harlot.
21 Yet I had (E)planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality.
How then have you turned before Me
Into (F)the degenerate plant of an alien vine?
22 For though you wash yourself with lye, and use much soap,
Yet your iniquity is (G)marked[b] before Me,” says the Lord God.

23 “How(H) can you say, ‘I am not [c]polluted,
I have not gone after the Baals’?
See your way in the valley;
Know what you have done:
You are a swift dromedary breaking loose in her ways,
24 A wild donkey used to the wilderness,
That sniffs at the wind in her desire;
In her time of mating, who can turn her away?
All those who seek her will not weary themselves;
In her month they will find her.
25 Withhold your foot from being unshod, and your throat from thirst.
But you said, (I)‘There is no hope.
No! For I have loved (J)aliens, and after them I will go.’

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  1. Jeremiah 2:20 Kt. serve
  2. Jeremiah 2:22 stained
  3. Jeremiah 2:23 defiled

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