Jeremiah 2:23-5:19 New International Version (NIV)
23 “How can you say, ‘I am not defiled;
26 “As a thief is disgraced when he is caught,
29 “Why do you bring charges against me?
31 “You of this generation, consider the word of the Lord:
“Have I been a desert to Israel
3 “If a man divorces his wife
6 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. 7 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. 8 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. 9 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,
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
21 A cry is heard on the barren heights,
22 “Return, faithless people;
“Yes, we will come to you,
4 “If you, Israel, will return,
3 This is what the Lord says to the people of Judah and to Jerusalem:
“Break up your unplowed ground
Disaster From the North
5 “Announce in Judah and proclaim in Jerusalem and say:
7 A lion has come out of his lair;
9 “In that day,” declares the Lord,
10 Then I said, “Alas, Sovereign Lord! How completely you have deceived this people and Jerusalem by saying, ‘You will have peace,’ when the sword is at our throats!”
11 At that time this people and Jerusalem will be told, “A scorching wind from the barren heights in the desert blows toward my people, but not to winnow or cleanse; 12 a wind too strong for that comes from me. Now I pronounce my judgments against them.”
13 Look! He advances like the clouds,
19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish!
22 “My people are fools;
23 I looked at the earth,
27 This is what the Lord says:
“The whole land will be ruined,
29 At the sound of horsemen and archers
30 What are you doing, you devastated one?
31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor,
Not One Is Upright
5 “Go up and down the streets of Jerusalem,
3 Lord, do not your eyes look for truth?
7 “Why should I forgive you?
10 “Go through her vineyards and ravage them,
12 They have lied about the Lord;
14 Therefore this is what the Lord God Almighty says:
“Because the people have spoken these words,
18 “Yet even in those days,” declares the Lord, “I will not destroy you completely. 19 And when the people ask, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve foreigners in a land not your own.’
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